Trail Programs in the Upper Housatonic Valley
Area Bike Route Development
MASSACHUSETTS – The Upper Housatonic Valley (portions of Litchfield County, CT and Berkshire County, MA) are ideal for bike riding. We’ve been working on bike routes throughout Northwestern Litchfield County of CT. The
Housatonic Covered Bridge Trail (HouBike Trail) brochure and map is available at town halls, libraries and other public places throughout the region.
Visit www.HouBikeWalk.org for a complete list. For your convenience we’ve added these bike routes for convenient downloading. The 45-mile HouBike Trail is divided into 10 segments so that you can easily download just the segment(s) that you’d like. Each PDF map will print nicely on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.
West Cornwall to Cornwall Bridge Trail
Currently, work is under way to create an off-road (dedicated) walking / cycling route in West Cornwall, CT. This proposed route would be built along the East side of the Housatonic River, along the previously abandoned Lower River Road. Accessed via the town roadway just South of Trinity Conference Center, this trail would provide
recreational access to CT State Forest.
View the CT DEEP Grant Application here.
View the final grant report (2012) to the Cornwall Foundation here.
Objectives of the CT portion of the regional trail system:
The Bikeway Project proposes to link existing river roads next to or near the Housatonic to produce a continuous 45-mile multi-use biking and hiking route from Mass/CT border to the center of New Milford. The proposed Housatonic Bikeway route includes approximately 35 miles of existing publicly maintained paved and dirt roads directly adjacent to the Housatonic. The additional 10 miles will initially be on roads that are not adjacent to the Housatonic.
The project will propose the best minimum impact options for moving those 10 miles to locations adjacent to the Housatonic. No land or rights of way need to be acquired. The lands that would be used for all possible options for moving the Cornwall and Kent sections closer to the River are already in State or Federal ownership.
- Restore and enhance the recreational values and services of the Housatonic River damaged by pollution through a multi-use Housatonic Bikeway linking existing river roads from Salisbury to New Milford and creating sustainable recreation with minimum physical impact.
- Increase, improve and promote opportunities for river related recreation through outreach program including Interpretive Signage, Maps, Brochures, Website, Podcast.
Immediate planning objectives:
- Develop and implement comprehensive Public Outreach and Marketing to build public awareness and support for Bikeway
- Create Interactive GIS Bikeway Map integrating varied recreational opportunities along Housatonic River corridor.
- Create safety plan, produce and install directional markers for Bikeway
- Create, produce and install approximately 12 Interpretive Signs containing natural resource, historical and stewardship information specific to each site along the Bikeway.
- Create Housatonic River Bikeway Website with maps, calendar of river events and links to all participating groups as appropriate.
- Create downloadable Podcast audio tour of Bikeway
- Develop plan for best future locations of off-river bikeway sections in Cornwall and Kent
- Develop sustainable Bikeway Monitor Program
- Design and implement Opening Events for Bikeway.
View the complete Project Narrative. (PDF 265kB)
Current program supporters include:
- Central Connecticut Bicycle Alliance CCBA
- The Bicycle Tour Company – Kent, CT
- Northwest CT Council Of Governments
- National Park Service – Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program
- Western Connecticut Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Interlaken Inn – Lakeville, CT
- Northwest Connecticut Conservation District