Better Know a Trail (REVIEW): Quinnipiac Linear Trail

By: Cyndi Frank

Location: Community Lake, Wallingford, Connecticut

Picture it: a bright, clear autumn day in Connecticut. You find yourself with a couple of free hours, and you happen to be in Northern New Haven County. You look down, and you’re decked out in your best athletics. What’s a runner to do?

Run, of course. And I know just the place for you to do it.

Just off of exit 65 on Route 15, (one exit down from Connecticut’s first Sonic) is the Quinnipiac Linear Trail. This trail came recommended by one of my coworkers when he found out I was moving to the area. It’s actually the first place I ran outside. If only I had known then that it was going to become one of my favorite routes.  

The main trail is paved, and there are smaller paths that branch off to the sides. The smaller trails aren’t paved, and if they haven’t been keeping up with the landscaping it can be kind of hard to find the entrances.

The trail snakes through the woods, and if you go at the right time of year you’re bound to see wildlife. From cardinals, to turtles, to rabbits, oh my.  In the summer the dense trees provide some much needed shade, and in the fall the barren branches wave in the breeze as if they’re cheering you on. Or maybe it’s the fact that I listen to “Eye of the Tiger” when I’m running and that makes me feel like I’m being cheered on?

The route is about 2.5 miles long, and it crosses over a steel and wood bridge just before heading under the highway and turning around. It really is a beautiful trail, and a big bonus is that there is no chance of getting hit by a car.

If you get the chance, check out this lovely little path in Wallingford. Who knows, maybe we’ll catch each other on the pavement.

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