Public places offer lots of walking and hiking in New Haven and south central CT
Mansfield Grove Road East Haven, CT Phone: 203-287-5658
Hours: Daily sunup to sundown; interpretive center open 9 a.m. t o 5 p.m. daily except on major holidays.
Oregon Road and River Road South Meriden, CT, 06451 Phone:
Permitted Activities: The trail is handicap accessible. Hiking and canoeing are permitted. Fishing is allowed with a state license. Motor vehicles prohibited.
Directions and Parking: Access is off River Road (CT Route 70). Handicap accessible parking is on Oregon Road. General parking is at the Dossin Beach near Hanover Pond. More parking is on Finch Avenue at the Cheshire town border.
Town of Meriden: 203-630-4259. Map of Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail.
Similarly, the city offers a awalking tour of New Haven architecture (PDF), which includes part of the Yale campus, along with Science Hill and the Yale Medical Center. The tour visits buildings by Louis I. Kahn, Paul Rudolph, Cesar Pelli, and Eero Saarinen. On the tour, you can soak in a wide range of architectural styles and see how those styles mesh to create a distinctive city.
76 Lake Drive Madison, CT Phone:
Permitted activities: Only hiking is allowed. Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed.
Parking: Trailhead on Lake Drive. Indian Rock Shelters trail map.
Edgewood Avenue New Haven, CT Phone: 203-946-8028
Lovely urban park; good for strolling, tennis, skateboarding, bird watching, relaxation
Mattabesett Trail -- Route 77 to Route 17
Route 77 and Fire Tower Road (north of Bluff Head Cemetery) Guilford, CT, 06437 Phone:
Hours: Dawn to dusk
entrances off Hosley Avenue Branford, CT Phone: 203-401-2654
There are several named and marked walking trails, of various degrees of ease or difficulty. The Lake Saltonstall Trail is a loop trail and it is perfect for jogging, hiking, bicycling, or cross-country skiing. The inland trail weaves through spruce and pine groves and has spring wildflowers. The Ridge Trail is a dead-end trail that runs along the top of the Saltonstall Ridge, offering scenic views. The Vista Trail provides an overlook to the west. Lake Saltonstall trail map.
A fish shack is located just off Hosley Avenue. Twenty-five row boats are available for rent. The shack is staffed during fishing season.
Permitted Uses: This site requires a Regional Water Authority permit. No motored vehicles. Hiking and bicycling only. Bicycling is permitted from April 15 to December 31. Shore and Lake fishing is allowed by state permit. Wading and swimming are prohibited. Dogs are not permitted.
Directions and Parking: Lake Saltonstall can be accessed via I-95 - Exit 52 to Route 1 There are two gated entrances off Hosley Avenue.