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This topic is about a footpath in Connecticut. Naugatuck Trail Naugatuck Trail parallel to Connecticut State Route 8 and the Naugatuck River Length 5.5 mi (8.9 km) Location New Haven County, Connecticut Designation CFPA Blue-Blazed Naugatuck Trail Use hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, other Highest point Beacon Cap   770 ft (234.7 m) Lowest point Connecticut Route 8 220 ft (67 m) Trail difficulty easy, with very few difficult sections Season easiest spring to fall Hazards hunters, deer ticks, poison ivy The Naugatuck Trail is a 6.8-mile (10.9 km) Blue-Blazed hiking trail "system" in the eastern central-lower Naugatuck River Valley in New Haven County, Connecticut and is today almost entirely contained in the Naugatuck State Forest. The mainline (officially the "Blue" or "non-dot") trail is primarily east to west with three short side or spur trails. The Naugatuck Trail today is composed of four (4) trails of which one is the primarily East-to-West mainline trail (5.5 miles) plus three shorter side trails. At its western end the trail ends with a section alongside Route 8 and the Naugatuck River. Notable features include the summits of Beacon Cap and Spruce Knoll. The trail goes near, but does not summit Beacon Hill (670 feet).[1] The Naugatuck Trail is maintained largely through the efforts of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association. The Naugatuck Trail was a much larger trail in the 1930s and 1940s but it has been one of the trail systems most drastically shrunk by post–World War II housing developments of the Connecticut Blue-Blazed Trails. Contents 1 Trail description 1.1 Trail route 1.2 Trail communities 2 Landscape, geology, and natural environment 3 History and folklore 3.1 Origin and name 3.2 Historic sites 3.3 Folklore 4 Hiking the trail 5 Conservation and maintenance of the trail corridor 6 See also 7 References 8 External links 9 Further reading Trail description Naugatuck Trail South-Eastern Trailhead The Naugatuck Trail extends from its western terminus at Andrasko Road in Naugatuck as an abandoned North-South road and fence-line along Connecticut Route 8 before heading east crossing successively the municipalities of Naugatuck, Beacon Falls and Bethany -- all in New Haven County. The southern terminus of the trail is located on Connecticut Route 42 just 1.2 miles west of the junction of Connecticut Route 42 and Route 63. The Naugatuck Trail is primarily used for hiking, backpacking, picnicking, and in the winter, snowshoeing. Portions of the trail are suitable for, and are used for, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Site-specific activities enjoyed along the route include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, bouldering and rock climbing (access). There are signs at the Connecticut Route 42 trail head forbidding rock climbing.[1][2] Trail route Whittemore (side) Trail Head The official Naugatuck Trail mainline trail primarily traverses a 600 foot (above sea level) plateau running east to west which extends from Route 8 (and the Naugatuck River) to the eastern border of Naugatuck (with Bethany). From south-east to north-west, the trail system summits or travels near the ridges and peaks of Beacon Cap, Beacon Hill and Spruce Knoll. Several seasonal streams cut across the trail including Egypt Brook. The Naugatuck Trail crosses the Naugatuck State Forest, land/preservation trust, water company and private properties. Trail communities The official Blue-Blazed Naugatuck Trail passes through land located within the following municipalities, from south to north: Bethany, Beacon Falls and Naugatuck, Connecticut.[1][3] Remnants of the original Naugatuck Trail still exist as local trails in the communities of Bethany, Orange, Woodbridge, and New Haven, Connecticut. Landscape, geology, and natural environment This section is empty. You can help by adding to it. History and folklore The route of the original (longer) Naugatuck Trail blazed in the 1930s can be seen in the Connecticut Forest and Park Association's 1940 Connecticut Walk Book map of major trails.[4] There are also references to vestigial portions of the Naugatuck Trail (and recommendations to purchase tracts of land over which it traveled as open space) in the April 1998 Town of Bethany Conservation Commission's 'Open Space Plan'[5] Origin and name The name Naugatuck is said to be an indigenous term (in the native American Algonquian language) for either “one tree” or “fork of the river.” [6] "Naugatuck" was also the name of a village of the Paugussett sachemdom on the Naugatuck River where Naugatuck Connecticut is today. Another Paugussett sachemdom village (Capage) existed on the Naugatuck River a few miles south at what is now Beacon Falls, Connecticut.[7] For more information on the Naugatuck sub-tribe of native-Americans ("American Indians") see the Wikipedia entry on the Paugussett. Historic sites Beacon Cap is a large "glacial erratic boulder" at the end of the Beacon Cap "spur" Trail on the Bethany/Naugatuck border. Folklore This section is empty. You can help by adding to it. Hiking the trail The Whittemore Trail following a forest road through dense mountain laurel. The mainline Naugatuck trail is blazed with blue rectangles. It is regularly maintained, and is considered easy hiking, with very few sections of rugged and moderately difficult hiking. Much of the Naugatuck Trail is close to public roads. There are no camping facilities along the trail and camping is generally prohibited in Naugatuck State Forest. Trail descriptions are available from a number of commercial and non-commercial sources, and a complete guidebook is published by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association Weather along the route is typical of Connecticut. Conditions on exposed ridge tops and summits may be harsher during cold or stormy weather.[8] Lightning is a hazard on exposed summits and ledges during thunderstorms. Snow is common in the winter and may necessitate the use of snowshoes. Ice can form on exposed ledges and summits, making hiking dangerous without special equipment. [9] Extensive flooding in ponds, puddles, and streams may occur in the late winter or early spring, overflowing into the trail and causing very muddy conditions. In this case fairly high waterproof boots are recommended. Some parts of the trail follow forest roads which often contain ruts from ATVs and four-wheel drive vehicles. Biting insects can be bothersome during warm weather. Parasitic deer ticks (which are known to carry Lyme disease) are a potential hazard.[9] The mainline trail heads are very close to civilization (suburban homes, streets and highways). Much of the trail is adjacent to, or is on lands where hunting and the use of firearms are permitted (particularly Connecticut State Forest land). Wearing bright orange clothing during the hunting season (Fall through December) is recommended. Conservation and maintenance of the trail corridor Old stone fences left by farmers cross and run alongside the Whittemore Trail in the Naugatuck State Forest See also Blue-Blazed Trails There are local trails named the "Naugatuck Trail" in Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge Connecticut which are apparently vestiges of the original trail which extended south to New Haven Connecticut. Some of these can be found on the following individual maps: South Central Regional Council of Governments Bethany Farms Town of Orange Racebrook Tract Woodbridge Land Trust Fitzgerald Tract Woodbridge Land Trust Meadows Woodbridge Land Trust History Indian Trails Woodbridge Land Trust Race Brook Estates Blue Trail System References ^ a b c Connecticut Walk Book: A Trail Guide to the Connecticut Outdoors. 17th Edition. The Connecticut Forest and Park Association. Rockfall, Connecticut. Undated. ^ Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Cited Dec. 21, 2007 ^ DeLorme Topo 6.0. Mapping Software. DeLorme, Yarmouth, Maine ^,%201940.jpg ^ ^ Trumbull, ^ ^ NOAA ^ a b wiki/Metacomet_Trail External links Specific to this trail: Connecticut Naugatuck State Forest Overview map Connecticut Naugatuck State Forest Hiking map Connecticut Naugatuck State Forest Letterboxing Clues Regional Water Authority website Regional Water Authority Recreation Areas Neighboring Communities websites: Town of Beacon Falls, Connecticut website Town of Bethany, Connecticut website Borough of Naugatuck, Connecticut website City of New Haven, Connecticut website Town of Orange, Connecticut website Town of Woodbridge, Connecticut website Land/Conservation Trusts : Bethany Land Trust, Inc. Naugatuck Land Trust New Haven Land Trust Woodbridge Land Trust Connecticut Forest and Park Association Further reading Books – Connecticut Hiking Colson, Ann (2005). Connecticut Walk Book East (19 ed.). Rockfall, Connecticut: Connecticut Forest and Park Association. pp. 1–261. ISBN 0961905255.  Colson, Ann (2006). Connecticut Walk Book West (19 ed.). Rockfall, Connecticut: Connecticut Forest and Park Association. pp. 1–353. ISBN 0961905263.  Emblidge, David (1998). Hikes in southern New England: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont (1 ed.). Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books. pp. 1–304. ISBN 0-8117-2669-X.  Keyarts, Eugene (2002). Pietrzyk, Cindi Dale. ed. Short Nature Walks: Connecticut Guide Book (7 ed.). Guilford, Connecticut: Falcon Publishing. pp. 1–192. ISBN 0-7627-2310-6.  Laubach, Rene; Smith, Charles W. G. (2007). AMC's Best Day Hikes in Connecticut (1 ed.). Guilford, Connecticut: Appalachian Mountain Club Books. pp. 1–320. ISBN 1-934028-10-X.  Ostertag, Rhonda; Ostertag, George (2002). Hiking Southern New England (2 ed.). Guilford, Connecticut: Falcon Publishing. pp. 1–336. ISBN 0-7627-2246-0.  Books – Connecticut History and Geography De Forest, John (1853). History of the Indians of Connecticut from the earliest known period to 1850. Hartford, Connecticut: Wm. Jas. Hamersley. pp. 1–509.  Hayward, John (1857). New England Gazetteer: Containing Descriptions of the States, Counties, Cities and Towns of New England (2 ed.). Boston, Massachusetts: Otis Clapp. pp. 1–704.  Trumbull, Benjamin (1797). Volume One A Complete History of Connecticut - Civil and Ecclesiastical. Volume I (1818 printing ed.). New Haven, Connecticut: Maltby, Goldsmith & Co. and Samuel Wadsworth. pp. 1-1166. Volume One.  Trumbull, Benjamin (1797). Volume Two A Complete History of Connecticut - Civil and Ecclesiastical. Volume II (1818 printing ed.). New Haven, Connecticut: Maltby, Goldsmith & Co. and Samuel Wadsworth. pp. 1-1166. Volume Two.  Coordinates: 41°27′28″N 73°02′03″W / 41.45778°N 73.03417°W / 41.45778; -73.03417 v · d · eHiking Trails in Connecticut Airline State Park Trail  • Alain and May White Trails  • American Legion  • Appalachian Trail  • Aspetuck Valley  • Bigelow Hollow  • Case Mountain  • Charter Oak Greenway  • Chatfield  • Cockaponset  • East Coast Greenway  • Falls Brook  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail  • Gay City  • Hancock Brook  • Hop River State Park Trail  • Housatonic Range  • Jericho  • Kettletown  • Lillinonah  • Lone Pine  • Macedonia Brook  • Mattabesett  • Mattatuck  • McLean Game Refuge  • Menunkatuck  • Metacomet  • Mohawk  • Moosup Valley State Park Trail  • Muir  • Narragansett  • Natchaug  • Naugatuck  • Nayantaquit  • Nehantic  • New England National Scenic Trail  • Nipmuck  • Old Furnace  • Patchaug  • Paugussett  • Peoples  • Pequot  • Pine Knob  • Pomperaug  • Quinebaug  • Quinnipiac  • Ragged Mountain  • Regicides  • Salmon River  • Saugatuck  • Shenipsit  • Sleeping Giant  • Sleeping Giant State Park  • Stony Creek Quarry  • Sunny Valley Preserve  • Tunxis  • Washington–Rochambeau Revolutionary Route  • Westwoods  • Whitestone Cliffs  • Wolcott Trail  • Zoar v · d · eProtected areas of Connecticut National Park Service Weir Farm National Historic Site National Wildlife Refuges Silvio O. Conte • Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge National Trails Appalachian Trail State Parks Airline • Beckley Iron Furnace Industrial Monument • Bigelow Hollow • Black Rock • Bluff Point • Burr Pond • Camp Columbia • Campbell Falls • Chatfield Hollow • Collis P. Huntington • Connecticut Valley Railroad • Day Pond • Dennis Hill • Devil's Hopyard • Dinosaur • Fort Griswold Battlefield • Fort Trumbull • Gardner Lake • Gay City • George W. Seymour • Gillette Castle • Haddam Meadows • Haley Farm • Hammonasset Beach • Hampton Beach • Harkness Memorial • Haystack Mountain • Hop River State Park Trail • Hopeville Pond • Housatonic Meadows • Hurd • Indian Well • John A. Minetto • Kent Falls • Kettletown • Lake Waramaug • Larkin State Park Trail • Levy • Lovers Leap • Macedonia Brook • Mansfield Hollow • Mashamoquet Brook • Millers Pond • Mohawk Mountain • Moosup Valley State Park Trail • Mount Tom • Old Furnace • Osbornedale • Penwood • Putnam Memorial • Quaddick • Quinnipiac River • River Highlands • Rocky Neck • Selden Neck • Seth Low Pierrepont • Sherwood Island • Silver Sands • Sleeping Giant • Southford Falls • Squantz Pond • Stratton Brook • Talcott Mountain • Wadsworth Falls • West Rock Ridge • Wharton Brook • Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail State Forests Algonquin • American Legion • Centennial Watershed • Cockaponset • Enders • James L. Goodwin • Housatonic • Massacoe • Mattatuck • Meshomasic • Mohawk • Mohegan • Nassahegon • Natchaug • Nathan Hale • Nehantic • Nepaug • Nipmuck • Nye-Holman • Pachaug • Paugnut • People's • Pootatuck • Quaddick • Salmon River • Shenipsit • Topsmead • Tunxis • Wyantenock Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (web) v · d · eConnecticut Hiking-Related Organizations and Web Sites Connecticut Hiking-Related Organizations Appalachian Mountain Club - Connecticut Chapter  • Barefoot Hikers of Connecticut Meetup Group  • Connecticut Forest and Park Association  • Green Mountain Club - Connecticut Chapter  • Meshomasic Hiking Club  • New Haven Hiking Club  • New Haven Walks in the Woods - New Haven Hikers Meetup Group  • Salmon Brook Hiking Club (Granby area)  • Sierra Club - Connecticut Chapter  • Sleeping Giant Park Association (SGPA)  • UConn Outing Club  • Wesleyan Outing Club  • Yale Outdoors Connecticut Hiking-Related Websites Berkshire Hiking Website  • Connecticut Explorer's Guide  • Connecticut Hikes (CT Hiking Schedule)  • Connecticut Museum Quest Hiking Website  • Connecticut Forest and Park Association Blue-Blazed Trail Changes (Relocations and closings))  •'s Connecticut Hiking Guide  • Connecticut Trail Finder  • HikeCT website  • LinkPendium Connecticut Hiking  • Scott Ericson's Blog on Connecticut Hiking  • Slackpacker Connecticut Hiking Trail Finder  • The BackPacker Connecticut Hiking Trails  •'s Connecticut Hiking page  •'s Top Twenty Trails - Best Hiking in Connecticut  • WalkCT website  • State of Connecticut DEP Letterbox Page