A shady respite from suburban Trumbull, this fairly flat trail overlooks the winding Pequonnock River for much of its 3.4 miles. Rapids and distinctive rock outcrops add interest. The trail begins on the railroad corridor, strays from it, then returns to emerge at Old Mine Park.
The segment through the Pequonnock River Valley has a smooth stone dust susrface that was laid down in 2007. The trail starts at Tait Road with an asphalt entryway up a short hill. From the signboard near Whitney Avenue to the Monroe town line, the trail is paved with asphalt. As Route 25 crosses the original railroad right-of-way, there is a short hill to climb in Parlor Rock Park (an early 20th century amusement area) to access the wooden bridge usder Route 25. Through Old Mine Park, the trail parallels the park entry road. (Note that Trummbull restricts parking to residents and issues $25 tickets to people who do not have a Trumball parking sticker). The town has not installed a crosswalk at Route 111, caution is advised crossing this busy road. Shortly after Route 111, the trail splits: the original trail, which is a rough dirt and gravel surface, continues straight. The new trail, which is paved, but involves a climb, bears right and ends just before the Victorinox property in Monroe. From the Victorinox property, turn left and cross through the parking lot. Just after crossing a bridge, turn left on the dirt surface to resume the trail.
Parking & Trail Access:
To park near the old town hall, take State Route 25 to Exit 9 and turn south on Daniel's Farm Road. At the light, take a right on State Route 127, followed by an immediate right on Tait Road (not Tait's Mill Road) to the unsigned, six-car parking area beside the old town hall (now called the Helen Plumb Building). The trailhead lies 50 yards down the road on the left.
Only permitted town residents can park at Old Mine Park; visitors may park on neighboring streets. To reach the park, take State Route 25 North to State Route 111, continue north on 111, and take the first right turn into the park. The signed trailhead is near the main parking area.
The Whitney Avenue trailhead offers a larger parking area, but only town residents and state residents with fishing licenses may purchase the required permit.
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