South Central Regional Council of Governments or the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority

scrog_blueYes. Yes, title, yes.

Which do you want first? SCRCOG or SCCRWA? Of course, as you know, the SCCRWA properties and trails are part of the SCRCOG properties and trails. (And a bunch of these are also on Land Trust properties and some are part of the CFPA Trail network, but let’s ignore that for now.)

So, I guess I’ll list out the SCRCOG trails and just denote which ones are SCCRWA trails. Fair enough? Good.

I can’t write another sentence without giving a shout out to one Eugene Livshits from the SCRCOG who, a few years ago before their website was so excellent, helped point me to this list. That’s right, I said Eugene Livshits. What of it? (his email is elivshits which I can’t help but read as “evil…”)

Anyway, he’s a good man.

You can find a full color map and property description for every one of these places here. And that makes me very happy. (Though not happy enough to link each one individually. I’ve livshits to do.)

Here’s the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority stuff. To access the RWA trails, you need to buy a permit good for either one year or two. And from what I gather, they patrol and police their land pretty regularly – so just buy the permit.


Note RWA Properties (For which you need a permit to access)


Bethany Farms
Lake Chamberlain (RWA Property)
Bear Hill Trails (Probable future RWA Property)
Lowell Land
Delano Sanctuary & Rodell’s Roost
Hein Trails
Welch Parcels
Lake Bethany (RWA Property)
Mendell’s Folly


Short Beach
Indian Neck
Pine Orchard
Stony Creek
Pisgah Brook
Supply Ponds
North Boundary
Quarry Westwoods

East Haven

Farm River North
Lake Saltonstall (RWA Property)


Kampmeyer Preserve
Bittner Park
Timberlands Forest
Sugarloaf (RWA Property)


Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
Brooksvale Park


St. Francis Woods
Blinnshed & Neck River
MLCT sites & Cockaponset State Park
Bauer Park
Garvan Trail
Town Campus
Paper Mill
Lake Hammonasset (RWA Property)
Indian Rock Shelters
Neck River Uplands Preserve – North and South


Qunnipiac Gorge
Hubbard Park
Guiffrida Park


Audubon Center, Cedar, & Laurel Beach
Devon & Housatonic Drive
Silver Sands State Park & Walnut Beach
Beaver Brook & Mondo Pond
Milford Center Historic Walk
Gulf Beach & Gulf Pond
Woodmont Walk

New Haven

West River
New Haven Historic Walk
East Rock Park

North Branford

North Farms
Big Gulph (RWA Property)

North Haven

Chapman-Sinoway/Pitch Pines/Quinnipiac State Park


Housatonic Overlook & Tucker’s Ridge
Orange Town Center
Wepawaug & Orange Triangle
Racebrook Tract


Wharton Brook State Park
Quinnipiac Linear Trail

West Haven

Harborside, Bradley Point, & Sandy Point
Maltby Lakes (RWA Property)


Racebrook Tract
Bishop Estate & Darling House
Pine Hill Trails (RWA Property)
Elderslie Preserve/The Lodge/Milford Meadows
Bladens Brook/Russel Swamp/Round Hill Trails
Bishop West Trails
Historic Indian Trails Park Lane Area
Fitzgerald Tract Trails
Newton Road Park Trail System
Alice Newton Street Memorial Park Trails
Race Brook Estates Blue Trail System
Meadows Tract to Fitzgerald Blue Trail
RWA Amity Road to Dillon Road


The Regional Trails Mapping Project was completed by SCRCOG’s staff and Open Space Subcommittee in collaboration with municipal staff, local land trusts and conservation commissions, Birmingham Utilities, and the Regional Water Authority. The project was made possible through a grant from the National Recreational Trails Program, the Federal Highway Administration, and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. The trail brochures include a map of the trail, descriptive information, directions, parking information and permitted uses. All trail brochures are available for download and are best printed double sided.

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