|Blue-Blazed Trail System (click image to enlarge)|
CFPA established the Blue-Blazed Trail system in 1929 and continues to maintain an 825-mile long network of hiking trails throughout the state. Many of these trails, including the Paugussett Trail, were created during the Great Depression with the assistance of unemployed young men who signed up with the Civilian Conservation Corps, better known as the CCC. The character of a Blue-Blazed Trails is often challenging, with many trails climbing Connecticut's most prominent ridges, such as the Quinnipiac Trail on Sleeping Giant in Hamden, and the Mattabesett Trail on Mt. Higby in Middlefield. People who have hiked all the major trails are eligible to become a member of the "Connecticut 400 Club."
|A new section of trail skirts a retaining wall built during the |
Great Depression at Indian Well State Park.
|The trail hugs the western shoreline of Hope Lake|
Of the twenty separate properties that the new trail cross between Indian Well State Park and Buddington Road, all but two have been acquired since the 1990s (those two properties were already owned by the City).
Volunteers with the Shelton Trails Committee constructed the trail over many years, starting with sections at Shelton Lakes that have been used by residents since the mid-1990s. Several major Eagle Scout projects were involved, including the construction of bridges, sign kiosks, and a bypass. The new trail extension is located entirely on City and State property.
|Eagle Scout bridge construction near Buddington Road|
Trail maps: Maps for the Shelton Lakes trail system which includes the Paugussett from Meadow Street to Buddington Road, can be downloaded at sheltonconservation.org and are also available at the Community Center and City Hall. CFPA publishes detailed maps and descriptions of the Blue-Blazed Trails in the Connecticut Walk Book, available in most bookstores and online, with updates posted on their website. The older sections of the Paugussett Trail are included in current edition of the Walkbook, and the new sections will be included in the next edition of the Walkbook. A Google map for the entire Paugussett Trail can be accessed online at sheltonconservation.org.