Looking for a great trail in Airline State Park Trail, Connecticut? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Airline State Park Trail ranging from 6.8 to 42.7 miles and from 396 to 672 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Stretching from East Hampton all the way to the Massachusetts border in East Thompson, the Air Line State Park Trail is mecca for hiking, biking and horseback riding in Eastern Connecticut. The trail was built along the old Air Line Railroad route, which offered a direct path from Boston to New York beginning in the late 1800s. The route was heavily damaged in the mid 1950s from the floods that ransacked Connecticut and was no longer operational. The state took over the line, and the more than 50 miles of trails that were constructed along the old railroad route are generally flat and broad. Perhaps the greatest point of interest along the trail is the Lyman Viaduct, the tallest railroad bridge in Connecticut that spanned 1,100 feet across a deep gorge above Dickinson Creek. The best access to the viaduct is through Salmon River State Forest in Colchester

hiking
21 days ago

Rt 66 to main st East Hampton.

This trail can best be described as a long straight walk in the woods. It is a perfect place to walk a dog or go for a daily walk. The gravel trails are well maintained. Although there had been recent heavy rains, there was no issues with puddling. It was the perfect trail for a cold wintery morning.

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flooded
muddy
private property
rocky
1 month ago

I concur with other reviewers, trails are well worn and relatively easy to follow, but unmarked and there are several side trails not included on the map. So, some form of navigational aid is required to keep on track. With that being said, the area was very pleasant and peaceful on the relatively warm early February day that I visited. Mostly relatively open deciduous forest with a coniferous stand at the north end. The section of trail along the river is particularly nice.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

The hike is as expected. Not really challenging and if you're overall physically healthy the hill/rocky terrain is a breeze. enjoyable!

hiking
1 month ago

Great fun, cool historical trail!

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snow
3 months ago

This review is for the section of trail from Lebanon to North Windham. This trail is the perfect trail for winter hiking. At times, the trail glistened like it was paved with diamonds. Krampons were needed to help keep us on our feet on these icy trails. The trail led into Willimantic and dumped us onto Main Street. It was a great place to grab a quick lunch before heading finding the trail again. The lack of signs made the going rough, but thanks to Alltrails GPS, we were able to pick our way through the streets and find where the trail resumed. The ever changing scenery made this stretch of the trail interesting.

A sheet of ice. you could ice skate between rt and River Rd. You need micro spikes

Although I am not much of a flatlander hiker, I found this trail appealing on this chilly icy day. The relative flatness of the trail made hiking safer in slippery conditions We were able to get some trail mileage in despite the cold December weather. The trail does look pretty much the same most of the way, but that was expected.

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rocky
4 months ago

starts easy walk on airline trail (which has a really cool old wooden bridge that may have led to hermits cave but, I didnt find that info until after the hike)turn to bistate marker then up & down rocky terrain to tristate marker. markers are like 130 years old so that's cool in itself besides being in 2 or 3 states at once. went late fall so a bit of slippery footing but, still fun & just long enough.

wet and rainy day. loved it. only saw 1 person.

Watch out for triple E

ride this section every weekend only gripe is horse owners should clean up after themselves

bike touring
flooded
muddy
6 months ago

Heading from East Hampton toward Portland, the trail became a stream shortly after passing through a tunnel, so I had to head back. Heading in the opposite direction, after passing the cranberry bog, the trail is under construction and was very muddy. Will come back another time when the construction is completed because it’s really a lovely trail.

road biking
6 months ago

nice gravel trail with great views of the surrounding area. I would recommend knobby tires and no less than 25mm tires to feel comfortable and confident on a road bike.

Very well kept single track trails. Many options for different mileage.

hiking
over grown
6 months ago

Enjoyable hike to the river, however you will definitely need a navigational tool (map, compass, gps, this app) as there are no markings.

running
bridge out
6 months ago

I ran this north loop trail starting from the Day Pond parking lot. When I reached the end I just doubled back. Pretty clearly marked, semi technical trail with some incredible changes in terrain. If you stay on the blue trail, the .2 mile veer off toward the waterfall is worth it. My total elevation gain was about 900ft.

on Tri State Marker Loop

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washed out
7 months ago

First leg nice and easy. When you turn off main trail becomes rocky. I like that type of terrain. One friend had a walking stick and she definitely used it. The path down from the marker was steep and washed out but eventually flattened out. If you find the rocky path up hard would not recommend continuing the loop but go back the way you came to avoid the steep downward washout.

Very flat, easy to hit top speeds and sustain them, fun stuff.

Wonderful trail. And so fun to bring the kids. The last storm knocked down a huge tree that we had to navigate under, over and through. But overall great experience.

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bugs
off trail
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rocky
9 months ago

Nice trail. I'd call it moderate rather than easy, changing inclinations and rocky, but it's short so that eases its level of difficulty. many off trail options, first timers keep your eyes open because the trail is not well marked at the tristate point and has several cleared path options. I ended up a quarter mile deep in RI my first time because I was unsure of the correct path to make the loop.

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