Housatonic Railway Trail: Monroe to Newtown

EASY 10 reviews

Housatonic Railway Trail: Monroe to Newtown is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Newtown, Connecticut that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.7 miles
32 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


mountain biking

nature trips


trail running


bird watching




mountain biking
10 days ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

Had to start on the Monroe side as there’s no parking no trespassing signs in Newtown. Once we got on the trail it was nice biking. There are some tight spots with tree roots and stumps which may be difficult for a novice rider. But plenty of flat wide pathway too.

5 months ago

Horrible for biking

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The map incorrectly labels the trail, about half the trail shown in red is actually the continuation of the Monroe stretch. The Newtown trail begins approximately 3/4 Mile from Pepper Street where the trail narrows to a single user trail.

mountain biking
Friday, August 18, 2017

Approaching the Newtown line on the well improved and defined Housatonic Rail Trail from Trumbull Center through Monroe becomes a marked disappointment. The trail narrows to an overgrown, rooted and rocky single-track. Most bikers especially, turn back at this point. If continuing on and approaching Botsford, the former industrial site rail tracks rise high across the trail requiring bike portage only at this point. Beyond the tracks is a somewhat undefined, passable but unfriendly route through the industrial area out to Swamp Road where there is a small parking turnout. Email sent to Newtown Parks inquiring about completion of the trail from Monroe have been unanswered. ISTEA has allowed government development funds for such purposes since 1991 and Monroe and Trumbull have done wonderful construction and maintenance of their sections.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

no parking, private property, no trespassing is all I see when I went there!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sunday, July 10, 2016