bridge with a great view of the Lake Hammonasset dam and Nineveh Falls, briefly use a white-blazed regional water authority trail, and soon spot our reddish orange blazes on the east side of the river. You will pass along the lovely Hammonasset River the entire way, with seasonal waterfalls and stream crossings. 1.3 miles takes you to the white-dot connector to Bargate Trail, and another .8 miles brings you to the southern end of the trail on Bargate Tr.

Issues or problems? Contact Debby Butler at 860-663-2231 or debby_butler@hotmail.com. 
THE HAMMONASSET RIVER TRAIL (Lower)

Location: The trail has three access points. The northern one is by the Hammonasset Bridge on Route 80, and the other two are on Bargate Trail (one north of # 82 and one south of #21 by the 15 MPH sign). This description begins at the northern end, but the trail may be hiked in either direction. To begin there, park in a pull-off just west of the bridge over the Hammonasset River, on the northern side of Route 80. On Bargate Trail, park safely on the side of the road by the trail entrance.

Length/Difficulty: The entire walk is 2.1 miles, but there is currently (6/06) a closed section near its northern end. A short, steep, section needs improvement. This closed section is at .15 -.20 miles in from Route 80. The rest of the involves some climbs, but is appropriate for ages 6 and up. Some areas can be wet after rainy periods.

Description: This trail is blazed with reddish-orange. One section was originally an Eagle Scout project, but the rest was completed by the land trust trails committee in 2004-2005. The northern section was the first KLCT land purchase, the next section south was received when the Madison Hollow subdivision was built, 5 owners with deeded rights to the river’s edge have granted us pedestrian use privileges, and the southern section was received when the Indian River subdivision was built. When you access the trail from the north, you walk behind the guardrail near the bridge, down to a foot-
bridge with a great view of the Lake Hammonasset dam and Nineveh Falls, briefly use a white-blazed regional water authority trail, and soon spot our reddish orange blazes on the east side of the river. You will pass along the lovely Hammonasset River the entire way, with seasonal waterfalls and stream crossings. 1.3 miles takes you to the white-dot connector to Bargate Trail, and another .8 miles brings you to the southern end of the trail on Bargate Tr.

Issues or problems? Contact Debby Butler at 860-663-2231 or debby_butler@hotmail.com.