The Richard H. Goodwin Trail is one of Connecticut’s newest long trails, completed in June of 2016 thanks to the Eightmile River Watershed committee. It 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.
The trail is almost entirely within the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Watershed. The trail is easy to moderate hiking and fairly well-blazed with yellow diamonds centered with a green “G” though there are several key junctions which could be better blazed expect to take a misstep or two. Most sections are multi-use (most notable exception is the Yale property) so check the individual pages.
I ran the length of the trail with a friend in March 2020 and at a relaxed pace it took us just under three hours. After the trail check out nearby Fox Farm Brewery for a beer or a fantastic grinder at Salem Prime Cuts.
West to East (exact section distances are rough and still need dialing in)