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Larkin State Park Trail
Looking west on the trail in Middlebury
Established 1943
Length 10.3 miles (16.6 km)
Location Southbury, Oxford, Middlebury, and Naugatuck, Connecticut
Designation Connecticut state park
Trailheads Southbury (41°28′20″N 73°12′25″W / 41.47234°N 73.20691°W / 41.47234; -73.20691)
Naugatuck (41°30′45″N 73°03′56″W / 41.51246°N 73.06556°W / 41.51246; -73.06556)
Use Hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing
Hiking details
Sights Woodlands, horse farms, ponds, wetlands
Surface Various: sand, packed dirt and cobbles, railroad ballast and cinders
Website Larkin State Park Trail

Larkin State Park Trail is a Connecticut rail trail that follows the former New York & New England Railroad roadbed across the towns of Southbury, Oxford, Middlebury, and Naugatuck. The trail is 10.3 miles (16.6 km) long; its eastern terminus is at Whittemore Glen State Park, the western at Kettletown Road in Southbury. The trail is open for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.


The rail line was in operation from 1881 until 1939. Four years after the line's abandonment, Dr. Charles L. Larkin bought a ten-mile section that he donated to the state for the purpose of creating an equestrian trail. The park was named in his honor.

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