Calling All Guilford Trail Supporters — Please Attend August 13th Public Hearing on SGT!

To our valued Guilford members and supporters of Shoreline Greenway Trail:
We are writing you each in haste.  We are asking as many of you as possible to attend a very important Public Hearing about Shoreline Greenway Trail’s first section in Guilford, just scheduled by the Town for next Wednesday August 13 at 7:30PM, at the Guilford Community Center. 
This hearing will solicit public feedback about our very first proposed one-mile Trail section in Guilford, on the south side of Route 1, completely separate from the road, from the East River bridge up to Boston Street!
Our Guilford SGT Team member Milton Charlton has been working over the past couple years with Guilford Town Engineer, Jim Portley, and his assistant, Mark Damiani, to develop the route and a preliminary design plan for this segment that will be presented at this Public Hearing. The plan has been given a preliminary review by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. 
This is our first public opportunity in a long time to demonstrate to the Town officials that many, many residents of Guilford support our Trail and are anxious for us to get started with our first section in Guilford at long last.  
There is strength in numbers!  Even if the meeting goes well, and is brief, your supportive presence will be very important in confirming to the Town leadership and to the State Department of Transportation that this is a project that should go forward . . . as a major asset for the Town and our residents.
So, please help build the first Trail section in Guilford . . . . .  by attending Wednesday night!
Thank you!   
Milton Charlton, co-chair, Guilford Team, Shoreline Greenway Trail
Pam Bisbee Simonds, new co-chair, Guilford Team, SGT
        (since Milton is away, if you have any questions, please email or call Pam at 203-453-2271)

July 5th ‘First Saturday’ Hike, the Menunkatuck Trail in Guilford

Vernal Pond in Timberlands area of  Menunkatuck Trail, North Guilford

Vernal Pond in Timberlands area of Menunkatuck Trail, North Guilford, CT.  Photo credit:  H. Morrow Long

On July 5th, join SGT leader Milton Charlton in exploring the blue-blazed Menunkatuck Trail that runs north from Long Island Sound at Chittenden Park in Guilford almost to the border with Durham.  Milton will lead hikers on a 4 mile, 2.5 hour round-trip hike through the Timberlands section of the trail in North Guilford.  Meet at the dam at Upper Guilford Lake (on Lakeside Drive) at 9:30 a.m.  Directions: From I 95 Exit 58, go north on Rt. 77, turn right on Stepstone Hill, pass the golf course, then turn left on Lakeside Drive.  Call Milton at 203-815-9587 if you have questions.  

Join our ‘First Saturday’ Walk, March 1st in Guilford

Lost Lake Trail, Westwoods Preserve, Guilford, CT
credit: Connecticut Explorer


SGT Leader Peter Goldberg will follow the white blazed trail west and north, around Lost Lake and return on the orange trail and white blazed trail back to our cars. Bring snack and water. 1.5 hours round trip, depending on snow on ground.
Meet: 10 am at Westwoods parking lot. Sam Hill Road & Route 146. If weather looks iffy, call Peter at 203-675-7717.

November 2, 10AM – ‘First Saturday’ Bike or Hike in Guilford

IMG_0032In November, you can either join a bike ride from Guilford to Branford, or take a hike in Guilford.  SGT Board members will be the leaders.

HIKE on the Menunkatuck Trail:  Following up on his April First Saturday Walk, Team leader Milton Charlton will explore the continuation of the recently-blazed Menunkatuck Trail (part of New England Scenic Trail) heading north from East River Preserve.  Be prepared for rocky, uneven trails and stream crossings. C. 4 miles. MEET at the end of Sullivan Drive, Guilford, at the parking area for East River Preserve, just before the gate to the Stump Dump.  For more information, call Milt at 203-815-9587


BIKE RIDE – 23 miles round trip to Indian Neck, Branford.  Join SGT leaders Ted Braun, Terry & Martha Maguire for a 23-mile bike ride from the Guilford Green along picturesque Route 146 to Indian Neck and return along the shore. Ride departs at 10:00AM. May divide into a ‘fast’ and ‘leisure’ group, depending on speed and comfort. Helmets required.  MEET at 9:45AM at the Guilford Green opposite Town Hall on Park Street, to sign release waivers provided by SGT.  For more information, call Terry at 203-214-4744.