Norwalk River Valley Trail expands to a full mile in Wilton

(Kendra Baker photo)

(Kendra Baker photo)

A new section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail will open next week, expanding Wilton’s trails to run a full mile from Gaylord Drive to Sharp Hill Road.

The newest leg of the Norwalk River Valley Trail is circled in red. It will run from Raymond Lane, to Sharp Hill Road.

The newest leg of the Norwalk River Valley Trail is circled in red. It will run from Raymond Lane, to Sharp Hill Road.

Known to hikers as Wilton’s “east loop,” the new piece of construction was completed by Timber & Stone, a trail-building company based in Vermont that also completed the town’s first loop. It is a flat, easy hike that is 100% handicapped accessible.

The Friends of the Norwalk River Valley Trail will celebrate the new construction on Saturday, Oct. 18 with a ribbon-cutting event at 10 a.m. Those interested in attending can park at the commuter Park & Ride lot adjacent to Wolfpit Road on Route 7.

As part of the celebration, the Friends are sponsoring a Facebook photo contest that is searching for hikers’ favorite pictures from the trail. The winner will receive a $250 Outdoor Sports Center gift card.

Robbin May, left, and Megan Kane, right, of the Cannondale Cycling Sports Group, helped plant daffodils along the Norwalk River Valley Trail on Wednesday, Oct. 15. (Kendra Baker photo)

Robbin May, left, and Megan Kane, right, of the Cannondale Cycling Sports Group, helped plant daffodils along the Norwalk River Valley Trail on Wednesday, Oct. 15. (Kendra Baker photo)

New trail costs

The new trail, which cost about $235,000 to build, was helped by a large donation from Cliff and Norma Fox of Wilton, who donated a $75,000 matching gift.

Patricia Sesto, Wilton’s head of environmental affairs, said from her office last week the quality of the new trail is the same as the first loop — which she hopes inspires businesses in the area to make additional donations to the projects.

Having such a well-built trail near a corporate campus, she says, is something many companies covet as young employees become more focused on health and exercise than previous generations.

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