The 'Other Greenways' of the Naugatuck Valley

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The 10-mile Larkin Bridal Trail is one of the biggest and prettiest parks in Connecticut’s system! 
(Photo courtesy: CT DEEP)
Larkin State Park Trail (Naugatuck)

Ultimately, stretching across four towns, the Larkin Bridge Trail is a long and narrow state park trail.  The trail  isn't located entirely within the Naugatuck Valley, but we won't count that against it!  The Naugatuck section of the trail begins at Route 63 in Whittmore Glen State Park, and extends 1.8 miles west to the Middlebury town line.  (From here the trail continues approximately eight more miles through the towns of Middlebury, Oxford and Southbury). 

Originally designated as a trail for horses, for wich it is still popular, the stone dust trail now also serve walkers, joggers, bikers and hikers.  Its remarkable history, geography and aesthetics rate it as one of the biggest and prettiest parks in Connecticut’s system and definitely worth a visit!  To learn more click
here.




Thomaston Clock Walk (Thomaston)

In 1813 a clockmaker named Seth Thomas came to Plymouth Hollow; by 1856 labels adorned his clocks with "Thomas Town." On July 6, 1875 'Thomas Town' became formerly known as Thomaston in memory of Mr. Thomas, whose clock making company grew to attain an international reputation. Although only a relatively short walking loop (1.1 miles), the Clock Walk, located in downtown Thomaston, is packed with information about the town’s history and its seminal clockmaker. To learn more contact the Thomaston Greenway Committee.

To download a free Thomaston Clock Walk Guide click here.
 


SteeleBrookGreenwayLogo.jpgSteele Brook Greenway (Watertown)

The Town of Watertown is working with neighbors and partners to create a 4.6-mile greenway/walkway along Steele Brook.   Projects are already underway to restore the water quality and free flow of Steele Brook, including the removal and alteration of several old dams along the brook.  The greenway would ensure the continued protection of this important Naugatuck tributary while also providing a year-round community path for walkers and cyclist, and enhancing and promoting economic and community development.

The Steele Brook Greenway is being developed in phases.  The first phase which is scheduled to open in 2012, includes the middle segment of the proposed greenway - a 1,200-foot section extending from Echo Lake Road to French Street in Watertown. The path will utilize existing Siemon Realty sidewallks before following the brook behind the Siemon Company facility to French Street where a trailhead sign is currently located. Later phases will expand the greenway upstream towards town open space property south of Smith Pond and downstream towards Pin Shop Pond.  (Click here to see a map of the proposed greenway.)  Long-term plans seek to would eventually link the greenway to larger Naugatuck River Greenway System.  To learn more about the Steele Brook Greenway project, contact Chuck Berger, Watertown Engineer at (860) 945-5240 or by e-mail.

Update: Steele Brook Greenway Phase 1: 
Watertowns Phase 1 of their 3 Phase Greenway project opened for business Oct. 9th
Phase one of a three phase plan is completed. Pictured in the ribbon cutting are; Rob Kane, State Senator; Ray Primini,Town Council Chairman: Chuck Frigon, Town Manager; Carl Siemon, President Siemon Co.; Tom Siemon, VP Engineering Siemon Co.;Chuck Berger Town Engineer; Roy Cavanaugh, Director of Public Works.
(Photo: Kevin Zak)
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Naugatuck Savings Bank, Connecticut Community Foundation
Union Savings Bank, Wesson Energy, Inc., The United Illumination Company, Friends of Naugatuck River
The Platt Brothers & Company, Thomaston Savings Bank, Valley Community Foundation