CT: New Haven County-Meriden-Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail

A weeping gorge with the steepest slope along the Quinnipiac river. This 1.3 paved flat trail at one point drops from 200 feet to 100 feet.

Circus 1890s there was a railroad and now there is this beautiful trail that is right beside the river. The river once powered a civil war button factory.

1881 Red Bridge Historic Landmark

Although a short walk, it’s worthy of a stop for the 1881 red bridge, interesting views of Boy Scout island and interesting water droplets from the gorge which overlooks the river.

I enjoyed playing with the light that made it appear to me that the shadows of the brief railroad still loomed beneath.

The 1.3-mile Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail begins at the historic 1881 landmark the “Red Bridge” near Hanover Pond and travels north to the Cheshire/Meriden border. There are interesting informational kiosks which provide histories for the Red Bridge, Oregon Dam, Toboggan Bridge, Boy Scout Island, and the Meriden-Cromwell Connecticut River railroad bed.

I found this article succinct but interesting and comprehensive about the history.


Take I-691 to Exit 4. Turn on West Main St. and travel east to Centennial Avenue, which eventually turns into Oregon Road. The entrance to the park is at the junction of Oregon and River roads. Parking is available at Dossin Beach.

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Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

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