The RideAfter a railroad-history-filled morning riding the trolleys trails of Woodbury and Middlebury, topped off with a delicious lunch washed down with a double IPA - I was still aching to do more railroad-history-related bike riding.
Next stop was the Larkin Trail. I took a look at the entrance on Rt 63 across from the Hop Brook Park and didn't see the ROW so I went to the Allerton Farms entrance instead. In order to satisfy my curiosity, I biked back to Rt 63 and saw that the ROW did end there - but it was cut off up high. Apparently as Rt 63 was modernized, it removed a lot of the embankment.
Well the ride was a blast - the Trail is very scenic and you ride thru quite a few rock cuts. The eastern section is nicer to ride because it is now mostly single track. The far western end of the trail feels like basically just a wide dirt road.
|Allerton Farms entrance looking west|
|The other way takes you back to Rt 63|
|Beautiful tree canopy and super picturesque ROW|
|Man - I love riding thru rock cuts|
|Abutment - Remnants of the RR Bridge here|
|Ah - rock cut...|
|Ooo yeah... another rock cut|
|Thru marshland near the airport|
|A picturesque spot - note collapsed structure on right|
|Power Lines crossing|
|End of the (official) trail|
Yep I t looks like it keeps gong
|Parking at the end of the (official) trail|
I headed from back here...
|There is even a roller for mountain bikers|
Of course I had to do it!
Highlights of the Trail
Two Minute Riding Video
HistoryThis trail’s railroad history began in 1881 with completion of the New York & New England Railroad (NY&NE) between western Connecticut and New York. Following NY&NE bankruptcy in 1894, the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NYNH&H) took over the line until 1939.
|Southbury, CT- 1892|
New York & New England Railroad
The Southbury Station was up on the top of Depot Hill. It was razed during the construction of Interstate 84.
|Southbury Passenger Station|
Source: TylerCity Station
The Bridle Trail
The ROW was purchased by a Dr. Charles L. Larkin when the NYNH&H pulled out in 1939, and converted to a bridle path. Larkin was a wealthy Middlebury resident and horse lover and had land abutting the NY&NE ROW near South St. in Middlebury. He gifted it to the state in 1943 for a bridle trail.