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Larkin State Park Trail
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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.

History

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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