CFPA is excited to announce a 3.4 mile extension of the blue-blazed Quinnipiac Trail in Prospect, CT. After many planning meetings with local partners, hours of scouting work, an environmental impact assessment, and tremendous trail building efforts, the Quinnipiac Trail now stretches to a new northern terminus at Kathan Woods Nature Preserve. Decades ago, the Quinnipiac Trail passed through the Kathan Woods area en-route to the historic Grand Junction, a trail intersection between the Quinnipiac, Tunxis and Mattauck Trails in Wolcott. While this trail junction no longer exists, trail builders dream of someday re-connecting these three long-distance hiking trails again.
The new stretch of trail leaves the rugged traprock ridge and follows moderate terrain across property managed by the South Central Regional Water Authority. Following old tote roads and sections of newly built trail, the new route links lands protected by the Town of Cheshire and Cheshire Land Trust, as well as the 82-acre acre Kathan Woods Nature Preserve, a property protected and managed by the Prospect Land Trust.
The Quinnipiac Trail was CFPA’s first blue-blazed hiking trail, designated by its Trails Committee in 1930. As its name implies, the trail honors the lands once travelled by the Quinnipiac people. The Quinnipiac (“people of the long water land” in the Quiripy language) and their ancestors inhabited what is presently the Quinnipiac River watershed in south central Connecticut. Today, the 23- mile Quinnipiac Trail winds through four towns (Hamden, Bethany, Cheshire and Prospect) and features Sleeping Giant State Park, Rocky Top, West Rock Ridge State Park, Mad Mare Hill, the Naugatuck State Forest and stunning Roaring Brook Falls.
We are especially grateful for our volunteers and partners who made this project possible. Important project funding was provided by DEEP's CT Recreational Trails Grants Program.
To access the new trail, parking is available on Boardman Dr and Cornwall Rd (which is now blazed blue/red). Parking is not permitted (and is not safe!) on CT-Rt 68. Click HERE for a map of the new trail route. You can also use our Interactive Trails Map to view the new route, as well as to use with your phone's gps while you're hiking. Visit our Trail Notices Webpage for this, and other, trail updates on the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System.
-Hiking in the Kathan Woods Nature Preserve by Peter Marteka.