Air Line State Park Trail - South

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Trail Distance: 21.8 miles
Time Estimate: 8 hr 30 min +
Elevation Gain: 220 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Unknown
Description

The South portion of the Air Line State Park Trail offers an extended hiking path that goes through a variety of settings. This dirt and gravel rail-trail starts in downtown East Hampton and heads northeast about 22 miles to Lebanon. You and Fido can enjoy jogging or walking through forests, alongside rivers, over viaducts, and past marsh areas here. There are some historical markers and plenty of wildlife to see along the way. It's probably best to visit between April and September to take advantage of drier trail conditions.

When you start in East Hampton, you'll go through the town's business district and some wooded areas, then pass by an old cranberry bog. As you continue toward Colchester, there are a few viaducts and a bridge before you enter the Salmon River State Forest. Take a break with your furry pal at one of the picnic areas that are out here. Along the way, you and Spot can take a few side trips to see a waterfall or look for wildlife in a marsh. There are also old train depots and brownstone bridges on your trek.

Keep your leashed pup on the right side of the multi-use pathway and yield to bikes, horses, and others who want to pass. Help keep the road beautiful by packing out any waste. To avoid venturing onto private property, stick to the trail. Remember to pack enough water to keep yourself and your canine companion well-hydrated.

You and your fur baby can get plenty of fresh air and visit landmarks from the past by hiking Air Line State Park Trail - South. Whether you go the distance or walk only part of the way, this pawtastic trail provides a beautiful setting in town and country. The path has a lot to offer both the nature buff and the history enthusiast. 

Trail Features
Forest, Diverse Landscape, Muddy, River
Abundant Wildlife, Waterfall, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This trail includes sections that pass by water and through wooded areas. Be prepared with tick and mosquito repellent. Some parts of the pathway are on hunting land, so wear orange or other bright colors during fall and spring seasons. Use caution when the path crosses busy intersections.
Address
81 Main St
East Hampton, CT 06424
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 8:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 8:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 8:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 8:00 AM - Sunset
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Address
81 Main St
East Hampton, CT 06424
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - Sunset
Tue 8:00 AM - Sunset
Wed 8:00 AM - Sunset
Thu 8:00 AM - Sunset
Fri 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sat 8:00 AM - Sunset
Sun 8:00 AM - Sunset