Review: Quinnipiac River Linear Trail – Wallingford, Connecticut

10 03 2010

Entrance to the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail in Wallingford, Connecticut.

I will get this right out there to start. This is probably not a destination for cyclists . . . yet. One of the plans for reviews this year is to do an assesment of the ‘rail trails’, ‘linear trails, and ‘bike paths’ around the northeast. Today, we decided to venture out on the linear trail that is closest to where I live. The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail is a relatively new multi use trail that parallels the Quinnipiac River in Wallingford. While currently only about 1.25 miles long it does represent an important first step in establishing a longer trail. Like most trails of this type, just getting them to the groundbreaking stage can take several years of effort. Then, after groundbreaking, it can take several years to accomplish the first phase of the trail. These first two sections of the Quinnipiac trail have crossed those hurdles as well as the tremendous challenges of crossing both over the Quinnipiac River and under the Merritt Parkway (Route 15). The current trail terminous sits at the precipice of some beautiful woodlands along the banks of the river. It is not difficult to envision the scenery the trail will offer as it continues to follow the path of the river through the woods.

The long term plans for the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail are:

The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail is a multiple-town project. The cross- town Wallingford portion of the trail will cover 6.7 miles from north to south. The park offers recreational access to all citizens – young and old, by foot, bike, skates, canoes, strollers, and wheelchairs. Historically, native Indian tribes living along the Quinnipiac River used its banks to guide its travel from village to vil- lage. The Quinnipiac Linear Trail reinstates this important community linkage and travel way.

Additionally, the trail is planned to connect with 6.5 miles of trails in Meriden to the North and 4 plus miles of trail in North Haven to the south. And, those trails will eventually connect to trails in Cheshire to the North and Hamden to the south. This should tie the entire network into the greater northeast greenway trail, The Farmington Valley Canal Trail. Imagine 10 or so years from now being able to ride from town to town on linear trails within your area or travel as far away as Northampton or further on these tranquil greenways.

The Quinnipiac River Linear Trail meanders through the woods along the banks of the river.

A new bridge crosses the Quinnipiac River.

Crossing the bridge on the Quinnipiac River Linear Trail in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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Great day for a ride!

9 03 2010

Cross walk Salsa.

Went out for a 20 mile ride on the Farmington Valley Canal Trail today. With the temperatures in the mid-50’s the trail was filled with all kinds of hikers, roller-bladers, and cyclists. I was riding my Salsa LaCruz that I am really loving Riding it today made me realize that I need to finish writing part 2 of my review. Tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer. Yeah for spring! Yeah for an extra hour of daylight next week! Yeah for biking season!

Univega Alpina Country mountain bike and Salsa La Cruz leaning against a fence along the Farmington Valley Canal Trail.

Cyclist on Farmington Valley Canal Trail heading towards New Haven.

On top of my bike . . . on top of the world!