Saturday, August 23, 2014

Larkin State Bridle Trail

Date: Aug. 23, 2014
Report Type: TA Report
Trail Name: Larkin State Bridle Trail
Town: Naugatuck to Southbury
Trail Conditions: Dry and ready to ride
Observations/Information: The Larkin Bridle Trail was dry today and had assorted people enjoying it: equestrians, bikers, dog walkers, and joggers. There are two problem sections on the trail with regard to water. The second rock cut when coming from the Rt. 63 trailhead in Naugatuck is often muddy. That section was dry and firm. Near Townantic Hill Road, there is often 2 inches of water running across the trail. That section was merely tire-sucking mud. The trail surface seemed better maintained than my last ride in 2011. In many areas, the trail is narrow due to overgrowth of all the weeds. Two years ago, I do not remember seeing any Japanese knotweed. Now, it is growing prolifically along many areas of the trail. With my group, we got off the trail to ride to Rich Farm on Rt. 67 for ice cream. When heading toward Naugatuck, turn right on Christian Street, and then next right on Towner Lane. At Rt. 67, turn left and the farm is on the right in 0.3 miles. Route information for the main route at Route information for the loop including Rich Farm at
Download a map from the state website at
Trail Ambassador Name: Tom Ebersold
Trail Ambassador E-mail: bikehikekayak123 [at] sbcglobal [dot] net
How did you use the trail? MT Biking
Trails Ridden: Larkin Bridle Trail
Time of day: Morning
Time/Duration (hours): 3 hours
Approximate Distance (Miles): 25 miles

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