Best trails in Airline State Park Trail, Connecticut

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Explore the most popular trails in Airline State Park Trail with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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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

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#1 - Tri State Marker Loop
Airline State Park Trail
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 40 m
#2 - Air Line State Park Trail
Airline State Park Trail
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Length: 42.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
#3 - Air Line State Park Trail: East Hampton to North Westchester
Airline State Park Trail
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
This trail is gravel and packed dirt but very well maintained and easy for a hybrid bike to handle. Most of this stretch is flat or slightly inclined, so it’s easy for bikers of all levels. As you ride this trail you will see and experience beautiful nature and scenery in so many different forms. Some sections are cooler, some are more humid, some have the fresh scent of flowers and others of trees. There are sections with views of mountains, streams, and rock formations, and there are smaller hiking trails linking up to the main trail. Best of all, most of the route is covered from the sun, so you can go anytime and be in the shade. Accessibility: The trail surface is gravel or packed dirt and typically at least five feet wide. The estimated grade is moderately steep, all 5% or less except for steep sections between 8% and 12% at 1.0, 3.1, 4.1, and 5.2 miles. Wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may need assistance or all-terrain tires in the steep sections. In the dirt sections, there is sometimes grass growing up in the trail, creating a more uneven surface.Show more
#4 - Colchester Rail Trail to the Airline Trail
Airline State Park Trail
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m