I parked at Beech Forest and did the loop counter clockwise.
Once I finished, there was a wanderer through the parking lot (and of course the sun came out!)
This blog highlights some of my adventures with the focus on railroad history. Originally intended as a blog of my rail trail rides, it now also includes hikes, railroad trips and even stop-and-go car trips if they are railroad history related...
|At the start|
|One of the few "trackside" places to buy something|
|A salt marsh|
|One of many informative signs|
|Typical Straight Stretch|
|Nice write up about the train and Orleans|
|This gave me a chuckle...|
|Google Street View of the Bass River Crossing|
|East Hampton Trailhead|
|EastHampton was nicknamed Belltown for the 30 Bell Companies in town during the railroad's heyday|
|After the short climb and switch back descent over a bridge - the trail reaches the woods|
|One of many rock cuts|
|The Official Trailhead!|
|See Willimantic map enlargement below as well|
|All along the trail there are many offshoots|
- great for exploring on a mountain bike!
|Signage is good|
|Beautiful Marsh section|
|New bridge and extended trail|
|This is the new bridge over the Willimantic River|
|Signage at the new bridge - the Hop River trail goes off the the right|
|The Connecticut Eastern RR Museum|
|Finally reached my (extended) destination - Bridge Street in Willimantic|
|The Airline Route |
"shortest distance between New York and Boston"
|A few embankment examples|
|Locating the former viaducts using Acme Mapper|