Norwalk River Valley Trail hikes observe National Trails Day

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The five towns implementing the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) are sponsoring hikes on Saturday, June 1, to mark National Trails Day and Connecticut Trails Day Weekend.

The proposed trail will provide a 38-mile route (including loops) for cyclists, hikers and walkers from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk to Danbury. It will connect to rail stations, schools, offices, retail centers and popular attractions, offering green transportation as well as recreational opportunities. The Trails Day events will allow the public to get to know the trail, and some of those promoting it.

Danbury: 10-12:15 — A moderate hike from Tarrywile Park to Mootry Peak. Meet at the lower parking lot of Tarrywile Park (70 Southern Boulevard). Rain cancels. Pre-registration is recommended;  contact Kathy Miville, [email protected]

Redding: 9-12:15 — A moderate hike of Redding’s longest “long” trail, Westway, which connects the open space of the town, Redding Land Trust, and Audubon Society. The trail will be accessible by secondary routes from the NRVT. Meet NRVT Steering Committee member Stuart Green, Jeremiah Ross and Kent Stivers promptly near 2 Charlie Hill Road (by Marchant Road) to spot cars and carpool to the Peaceable Street trailhead (near No. 32). Rain postpones to June 2 at 9. Pre-registration is recommended. Call Mr. Green at 203-938-4020 or email [email protected]

Wilton/Ridgefield: 10-noon — A moderate hike along Weir Farm National Historic Site, Ridgefield open space and state land. Leader and NRVT Steering Committee member Greg Waters will discuss New England land-use history, plant identification, and biological monitoring. Weir parking lot at 735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton. Pre-registration is required: 203-834-1896, ext. 28 or [email protected]

Norwalk: 10-12:30 — Easy hike or bike ride to Calf Pasture Beach or a moderate three-mile hike on blazed, unimproved trail through urban woodlands to Deering Pond. All options depart from the kiosk at the parking lot of Mathews Park, 295 West Avenue. Heavy rain cancels. Pre-registration not necessary. Questions: Jim Carter, 203-682-3000 or [email protected]

For general information about the NRVT, email [email protected], or call Pat Sesto, chairman of the NRVT project at 203-563-0180.

Hike details are available in the CT Forest & Park Association Trails Day Weekend booklet accessible from ctwoodlands.org.

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