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.