Monroe Housatonic Railbed Trail is a great getaway for Monroe residents. Monroe Housatonic Railbed Trail is frequently used as a bike riding path.
Originally chartered, mistakenly, as the "Ousatonic" Railroad in 1836, the Housatonic Railroad was one of the first railroads to be built in the northeast. The trail now follows 4.5 miles of the old railbed and almost completely bisects Monroe from north to south. The Housatonic Railbed Trail is frequently used as a bike riding path and most of its patrons are riders. However, running, walking, and jogging are still common activities and cross country skiing is quite popular during the winter. Horseback riding, skating, and the use of any motorized vehicle are prohibited on the trail.
At its start, approximately a quarter of the trail runs through Wolfe Park, which allows swimming,use of the beach, and non-motorized boating in Great Hollow Lake. Town residents describe the trail as a beautiful community asset, which conveniently connects anyone to the town's prized park and lake. North of the park, the paved trail converts to a stone dust surface and winds its way through the forest. This surface is hard-packed allowing for a smooth and easy ride.Beautiful foliage lines both sides of the trail and is especially pleasing during the fall leaf-turning season.
Further along, another quarter of the trail runs parallel to West Branch Pequonnock River and soon after the trail comes to an end at the Monroe-Newtown border. Here, wild blueberries grow and can be picked fresh in mid-summer. In general, the total round trip of the trail should last between 1 and 2 hours, making it an excellent afternoon family activity or a fun workout.
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