The Norwalk River Valley Trail will present its inaugural Mutt Strut on Saturday, May 5, from 10 to 2, at locations in Wilton, Norwalk, and Ridgefield/Redding. The rain date is May 12.

Early bird registration if $20 per person or family by April 15; $30 after that date. Proceeds will go towards building more sections of the trail in Norwalk, Wilton, Ridgefield, and Redding. Register at muttstrut.nrvt-trail.com.

The Mutt Strut will begin in Wilton at the commuter parking lot on Route 7 at Wolfpit Road to Sharp Hill Road and back. The route is about 30 minutes each way. The Mutt Strut leader for Wilton is Helen Rendell Baker.

In Norwalk, the step-off point is the Lockwood Matthews parking lot at the rear of the Pine Island Historic Cemetery. The walk starts at Simpaug Turnpike and Route 7 for the Ridgefield/Redding leg.

The event will feature:


  • Dog selfie station.

  • Dog goody bags.

  • Trophies for best dog costume.

  • Chance to win a Mobile Dog Spa from Canine Company.

  • Chance to win a Cannondale Bike.

  • Bandanas and treats for the dogs, and wristbands for the hikers.


The Norwalk River Valley Trail will be a 35-mile multi-use trail that will run from Norwalk to Danbury. In Norwalk and Wilton, segments of the trail are complete. Redding and Ridgefield segments of the trail have been selected for engineering and construction in 2018-2019. Visit nrvt-trail.com for more information.