Larkin Bridle Path is a 10.7 mile point-to-point trail located near Southbury, CT. The trail is rated as moderate and is accessible year-round.
Couldn't park at trail head in Southbury. We used the commuter lot and walked to it. Hiked all the way to Naugatuck where there is parking right at the trail head.
Access to Larkin Bridle Trail is limited! Either park at Connecticut DOT Commuter Lot at exit 15 of I-84 Freeway and/or at Southbury Plaza strip-mall [ Routes US-6/67 just north of exit 15; or along small parking area at the Naugatuck/Route 63 end. Exit 17 I-84 Freeway-south about 1 to 1-1/2 miles by Hop Brook Lake State Rec. Area on right. From Southbury Plaza/McDonald's, turn left at light ( hand signals for left lane!!) and follow Route 67, past DOT Park and Ride and under freeway bridge to Kettletown Rd. Downshift to lowest bicycle gear before stopping, then turn right at light onto Kettletown and climb STEEP hill. Larkin Trail Access is directly across from IBM traffic light. You'll see wooden gate. Questions? Stop by Class Cycles in Playhouse Square and see my friend, Roy-owner. ] It was, as I remember, muddy in a few spots in Naugatuck by the tunnel, too gravely in some sections where the local rednecks with their ATV's ride on it[ despite being illegal] , but otherwise it's mostly flat and killer for mountain biking at the beginner level. [ they did not list either mountain or cross terrain bicycle option, but this is NOT for road bikes!] I should note here that, come autumn, the maples will be in killer-diller color. The Larkin " Horse" Trail takes once though some of the most rural land still left in otherwise fast-growing Western Connecticut's New Haven/Fairfield County. Note: during the summer months, the horse flies can be wicked; however only through a small portion close to new Oxford Jetport where trail gets wicked sandy like in sections. Trail is open 24-7 but I'd highly recommend even a cheaper bicycle light; headlight and flashing taillight. Part of the trail in Southford [ Southbury/Route 67] gets rather difficult to ride at best and one will need to traverse busy Route 67 [ heading toward Oxford and Naugatuck from Southbury/IBM Hill at Kettletown Rd. , soon as one gets to Route 67, if wicked muddy, turn right and follow about 1/3 mile to traffic light [ left turn lane-hand signal required!]. Turn left and then right just before Southford Firehouse onto Larkin-continue through to Naugatuck and Route 63. Trail is maybe 13 miles long and will take you between 2-4 hours both ways from Southbury to Naugatuck. Towantic Pond is absolutely beautiful in fall!
Very nice trail, great for beginners and experts. Only one place that is very muddy but easily passable. Follows an old RR track. only 460 ft elevation change over most of the trail.
A fairly wide bridal trail with plenty of room for cyclists, horses and runners / walkers. Travels near oxford airpord at one point where you get to watch some airplane traffic and also several good spots for bird watching near the water too.