Air Line State Park Trail - South

The Air Line State Park Trail is an abandoned railroad line that runs through rural central Connecticut.

photo: photo by Stan Malcolm Type: Greenway, Rail Trail
Length: 21.80 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Skateboarding
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: East Hampton, Colchester, Hebron, Lebanon
States: Connecticut
Counties: New London, Tolland, Middlesex
Latitude: 41.57513   Longitude: -72.50219

East Hampton: Cranberry Meadow on Smith Street; A large Air Line Railroad sign highlights the the trailhead. (Handicapped accessible)

Colchester: Bull Hill Rd (Handicapped accessible). River Rd; To reach the trail, take the path through the woods south of the parking area. Or, take a detour along the unpaved portion of River Rd following Salmon River to Bull Hill Rd and access the trail a short distance north (Handicapped accessible and will accommodate horse trailers)

Hebron: Rte 85; A large parking area next to "Rte. 85 Lumber." (Handicapped accessible and will accommodate horse trailers) Old Colchester Rd; limited parking. Grayville Falls Park; Go east from the parking lot, cross the open meadow and then the bridge over Raymond Brook, and climb the embankment to the trail ((Will accommodate horse trailers). Grayville Rd; Handicapped accessible where the Air Line Trail intersects Grayville Rd. Old Hartford Rd; limited parking.

Description

The Air Line State Park Trail is an abandoned railroad line that runs through rural central Connecticut. Approximately eleven miles have been resurfaced with stone dust and bridges; parking lots are near completion. Another ten miles are scheduled to be completed and are presently under construction.

The trail passes through forests, rock-cuts, meadows and borders wetlands and marsh areas. Several rivers and streams are crossed with two viaducts that provide wonderful views of the area.

Additional Details

Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 260
Elevation High Point: 480
Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Air Line Rail Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Mike Reid
Connecticut State Parks
209 Hebron Rd.
Marlborough , CT 6447
(860) 295-9523
michael.reid@po.state.ct.us

 

Photos

Cold fog over the marsh. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Cold fog over the marsh. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

The Ghost Run half-marathon is held each year in early November. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

The Ghost Run half-marathon is held each year in early November. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

 

University of Connecticut students exploring the early spring flora and fauna. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

University of Connecticut students exploring the early spring flora and fauna. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

A Tiger Swallowtail chysalis with colors of the adult butterfly wings visible. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

A Tiger Swallowtail chysalis with colors of the adult butterfly wings visible. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

 

An American Bald Eagle lingering in the Raymond Brook Marsh. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

An American Bald Eagle lingering in the Raymond Brook Marsh. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

In late May Pink Lady's Slipper Orchids are common along the trail. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

In late May Pink Lady's Slipper Orchids are common along the trail. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

 

Canada Geese goslings in Duckweed. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Canada Geese goslings in Duckweed. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Great Blue Heron. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Great Blue Heron. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

 

Frosted Oak Leaves. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Frosted Oak Leaves. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Beavers' Wake. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Beavers' Wake. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

 

Luna Moth. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Luna Moth. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Water Snake. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

Water Snake. Photo by Stan Malcolm.

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