Exploring the Valley

Here you will find many activities
available in the Housatonic River Valley.

A Paddling Guide to the Housatonic River in Berkshire County 
This edition divides the River in Massachusetts into 14 navigable sections beginning with the East Branch in Hinsdale and ending in Connecticut at the Great Falls. One section of the West Branch in Pittsfield is also included. Each section includes a map, directions and GPS coordinates to the accesses and a brief description of the section.

A Paddling Guide to the Housatonic River in Connecticut 
This paddle guide divides the river in Connecticut into nine navigable sections beginning just below the Great Falls Dam in Falls Village. Each section includes a map, driving directions, and GPS coordinates to the accesses and a brief description of the section.

Head of the Housatonic From Pittsfield, Mass. to Kent, Conn. 
Come explore the special places of the Housatonic River . . . enjoy riverfront walks through forested hillsides, a quiet float along meandering flat water, or the heady rush of world class rapids. Quaint New England villages dot your journey, full of history and surrounded by spectacular natural beauty. Visit historic homes and museums.

Heart of the Housatonic from New Milford to Stratford and Milford Point, Conn. 
Come explore the heart of Housatonic River . . .enjoy the gentle currents of lakes Lillinonah, Zoar and Housatonic as the river wends its way through New Milford, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Southbury, Newtown, Oxford, Monroe, and Seymour. Then the river spills over the Derby Dam into the estuary towns of Derby, Shelton, Orange, Milford and Stratford. Feel the rhythm of the tides. Explore the fragile beauty of the salt marshes in Long Island Sound.

Welcome to the Housatonic River Estuary
This guide features a map and chart identifying parks, fishing spots, forests, boat ramps, the wildlife refuge at the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center as well as information on fish in the estuary, what you can do to protect the environment and interesting facts.

Explore the Naugatuck River in the Housatonic Valley
On this Web site you will find information about environmental and Naugatuck River-related cultural events occurring in the Naugatuck River Valley; where you can access the Naugatuck River to paddle, fish and hike including maps of the river; and the latest news about exciting projects and activities underway in all eleven towns of the Naugatuck River Valley.

On-Line recreational guide of the lower Housatonic River Valley 
This guide identifies parks, picnic areas, hiking trails, boat launches, greenway trails, beaches and places of interest in the lower Housatonic River Valley from Oxford to Stratford and Milford Point.

Old Mill Trail ... starts at the trailhead on Old Dalton Road off Route 8 in Hinsdale, Mass.

You may be interested in the following links to outdoor recreation:


State Parks and Forests . . . http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325086&depNav_GID=1650
Appalachian Trail . . . http://www.ct-amc.org/trails/index.shtm
Housatonic State Forest . . . http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=445284&depNav_GID=1650#Housatonic
Cornwall Conservation Trust . . . http://www.cornwallconservationtrust.org
Housatonic Meadows State Park . . . http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325220&depNav_GID=1650
Macedonia Brook State Park . . . http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325234&depNav_GID=1650
Rock Climbing Saint John's ledges . . . http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_056.htm
Road Cycling Routes . . . http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_162.htm
Housatonic River Paddling maps . . . http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_095.htm
TenMile River Paddling maps . . . http://www.ctxguide.com/ctxguide_122.htm
Twin Lakes Paddling map . . . http://www.ctxguide.com/ct_canoe_kayaking_maps_002.htm


Appalachian Trail . . . http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/appalachian-trail.html
State parks and Appalachian Trail . . .http://www.mass.gov/dcr/
State Fish and Wildlife information . . . http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/

Appalachian Trail

"Appalachian Trail 101, a Complete Guide for Beginners" by Kathryn Wilde

















Photo by: Diane Friend Edwards

Exploring the Housatonic

Crossing a stream on a trail

Hiking on the Appalachian Trail