Richard H. Goodwin Trail

Linear Trail in East Lyme, Salem, Lyme, and East Haddam, CT

Parking: See Section list below

Trail Map-Overview      Trails: 13 miles       Rating:

The Richard H. Goodwin Trail is one of Connecticut’s newest long trails that was completed in June of 2016. The trail travels 13 miles across East Lyme, Salem, Lyme, and East Haddam all within the Eightmile River Watershed.

The trail is easy to moderate hiking and well blazed with yellow diamond blazes with a green “G” in the center.

The trail is named for Richard Goodwin who led the Connecticut chapter of the Nature Conservancy for 50 years, and was chairman of Connecticut College’s arboretum.

I ran the length of the trail in March 2020 and at a relaxed pace it took us just under three hours.

Section List: West to East (distances are pretty rough and need dialing in)

  • Chapal Farm Preserve — 0.75 miles — The western terminus of the property which starts of crossing the Eightmile River and heading gradually uphill
  • Eightmile River WMA — 1.1 miles — This section is currently blocked by beaver activity that has flooded a hundred or so feet of trail with no easy route around.
  • Darling Road Preserve — 2 miles — Highlights include the tri-town marker and a side trail to an old oak
  • Hartman Park — 2.6 miles —
  • Nehantic State Forest — 3.4 — Easy traveling on mostly former and current forest roads
  • Yale (Private) — 2 mile — This rutted section travels eroded old road amid stands of mountain laurel
  • Darrow Pond — 1.3 miles — The eastern terminus of the trail is often wet and hilly though well marked

Other Sources:

Peter Marteka – A 14-Mile Hike Through Four Towns With Few Hints Of Civilization (2016)

Hartman Park


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Hartman Park Lyme Town Park 302 acres in Lyme, CT Parking: Small lot near 122 Gungy Rd, Lyme, CT Trail Map      Trails: 9 miles   … Read more…