Shelton trails, walkways featured in new Valley Greenway guide

The Valley Greenway guide of trails along the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers in Shelton, Ansonia, Derby and Stratford is now available in Valley town halls, libraries and community centers.

The cover to the Valley Greenway guide, published by the Housatonic Valley Association.

The cover to the Valley Greenway guide, published by the Housatonic Valley Association.

The printed guide offers maps and information on the trails, riverwalks, river overlooks and even an historic trolley route through the Valley towns.

In Shelton, this includes:

— The Riverwalk (downtown)

— Bluff Walk (near Riverview Park)

— Birchbank Mountain (near Indian Well State Park)

— Tahmore Trail (White Hills)

The full-color guide was produced by the nonprofit Housatonic Valley Association (HVA).

 

Walk, cycle, skate, fish

People can use the guide to walk, cycle, skate, fish and go birding in places close to home. Using the guide as a reference, they can explore miles of riverfront trails and community paths that connect Shelton, Ansonia, Derby and Stratford to the Naugatuck and Housatonic rivers.

In addition to the Shelton locations, the guide includes maps and details about the Ansonia Riverwalk, Derby Greenway, Derby Ansonia Beltline Trail, and Sikorsky Estuary Walk (Stratford).

 

‘Incredible transformation’

Jack Walsh, Valley United Way executive director, said the brochure is a way to highlight the outdoor recreational opportunities along the rivers in the lower Naugatuck Valley.

The guide’s section on the Birchbank Trail in Shelton, which includes a map.

The guide’s section on the Birchbank Trail in Shelton, which includes a map.

“This new guide from HVA is bound to give people an entirely new impression of the incredible transformation underway in our area in developing our rivers and trails as recreational resources for our area,” Walsh said.

“Our rivers and water courses once fueled our industry and economy, and now they are taking on a whole new life as recreational and environmental assets as clearly shown throughout this fantastic new guide,” he said.

 

What the HVA does

Copies of the guide also are available from the HVA at 860-672-6678 and online at www.hvatoday.org. The project was aided by support from Pitney Bowes, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Valley Community Foundation.

The Housatonic Valley Association is a tri-state nonprofit citizen’s environmental group founded in 1941. It works to conserve the area’s natural character and environmental health by protecting and restoring the land and waters of the 2,000-square-mile Housatonic watershed, from its source near Pittsfield, Mass. to Long Island Sound.

The HVA has offices in Cornwall, Bridge, Conn.; South Lee, Mass., and Wassaic, N.Y. Learn more at www.hvatoday.org.

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