Railroads were once the most popular way to transport goods and travelers around the state of Connecticut. In the late 1800s, there were over 1000 miles of track crossing the Nutmeg state. Today, only 629 miles of railroad is in use for freight and passenger trains, but many of the defunct lines have been re-purposed into recreational rail trails for walkers and bikers.

Rail trails are different from the hiking trails that climb hills and descend into valleys. These former train lines are generally flat and have gentle curves which makes them the perfect destination for a leisurely stroll or ride. Let’s take a look at eleven of these picturesque rail trails.

You can get more information and trail maps for any of the above rail trails on the Trail Link website. Have you enjoyed any of Connecticut’s rail trails? Which one has your favorite scenery? Let us know in the comments section below, we’d love to hear from you.

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