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Airline State Park Trail, Pomfret

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4.7/5 based on 20 reviews on the web
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  • Actually, the trail is about 50 miles long, but we found the best way to walk it was with two cars. Parked one at Pomfret Station, leaving one car there, and drove to the Hampton Reservoir parking lot...  read more »
  • Last Fall, we did 10 mile bicycle ride through the trail, it was nice but the trail is partially muddy/wet at some spots, the bogs and brooks were very nice with plenty of birds habitat.It is not the ...  read more »
  • This is an former railway bed that has been transformed into a great walking / biking trail. You can experience peace and quite, and nature at its best. The trail is a easy walk and continues through ...  read more »
  • If you are in the area it's not a bad place to go for a hike it goes on for quite a while I believe it goes through a couple times if you were to go all the way I know about at the beginning of the trail on the East Hampton side there are some benches so depending on which way you're coming I'll be either at the beginning or at the end so if you walk from the other and you would probably definitely want them to sit down and or if you don't want to go for a long walk it's a good spot to sit relax and able to turn around it is not too far in but not too close to the entrance if you're up for it it said it was on a lot further than that I'm not sure if they put more benches down further or not because I don't need to go past that point is also some kind of Lake or a bog or something like that I would not recommend trying to go swimming or fishing in it the only reason why I mentioned it depending on the time of year just be careful because sometimes there is a lot of bugs for that reason.
  • Great place to hike lots to see on and just off the trail. Try-state marker is cool to be in three states at same time. Mostly easy hiking on old rail trail.
  • Love this walk. Quite a few pretty sites to see along the length of the trail. Great for walking or biking (or cross country skiing in the winter). Be ready for some long, slow climbing hills along most of the path.
  • From the sections of Airline Trail I have hiked. Pomfret Station to the Putnam River Trail (Unimproved) is by far the most scenic and as of this time the most challenging. Time to travel on foot: 3 hours and 40 minutes approx. distance 5-6 miles +/-, with an experienced 6 year old, in long pants and the side scenes, lunch break and necessary detours. The first hour from Pomfret to Putnam is a breeze, expect some trail wetness as drainage has not been improved here for some years. In addition the steady grade of the railway has been interrupted at road crossings either by elimination of a bridge or filling in of the gaps that eliminated the need for road bridges. This created dams and swampy area and the need to detour around the direct route often ascending and descending either sides of the road. As this section of trail has been surveyed by the State for improvements this year, (2015) you can always look for the pink survey flags to get back on track. Around an hour into the hike the third road crossing is Holmes Rd. Wonky on approach not passable unless ascending northern side of trail (Impossible with mountain bike). Expect briars and poison ivy. Major scenic payoff when you go through gate on Holmes Rd. to see bee hives and observation platform in large field with great views. We witnessed at least 8 birds of prey circling in the currents above the field of wild flowers. Continue back through gate to Holmes road and proceed left until visible trail can be clearly seen on left descending back to the rail grade. Both Modock Rd and River Road crossings have had the railroad grade filled in to eliminate the need for road bridges hence requiring a detour around the original route of the Airline Railway. Both are dead end swaps with steep ascents and descents crossing the roads and as in the case of River Road the trail to the south of the railway goes through posted private property to River Road where you take a left and follow the road uphill till you see more pink survey flags to the right beyond the guard rail. Beyond River Rd after passing through some impressive carved out rock walls, you should start hearing roosters crowing.. This is the home stretch and a chicken farm to the left will stimulate your senses with sounds and smells of a quite active free range chicken farm on Town Farm Road. Beyond the gate on Town Farm Rd. You will cross a natural gas pipeline and enter the rather moist but now passable, mosquito infested section on the approach to the elevated Putnam approach to the former Quinebaug River Railroad bridge. Soft white pine needles blanket the coarse railroad stone and steep slopes on either side give one a heightened sense of elevation on the approach to the River Trail. A Nice rest stop at the top of the hill by the former railroad bridge with large stone abutments providing a shaded area to set and recover from either the climb up the hill from the River Trail or the trek from Pomfret.
  • Great trail from what I have seen. Only gone a few miles out from East Hampton. Anyone know how far it is from EH to Colchester lots?
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