The North Haven Trail Association is a non profit volunteer organization formed in 2007.
Our mission is to create a linear park along the Quinnipiac River that ultimately can link up with Q River trails in Wallingford and Meriden.  As with all such projects, securing the right of way is the challenge, and we are working actively to do so in multiple areas along the river.
We are most excited about the broad shimmering Tidal Marsh portion of the Quinnipiac River which is accessed behind the Target Store in North Haven near I-91 Exit 9. With the gracious assistance of The Town of North Haven, we posted 9 signs in 2015 that point the way. At the large sign and bench, just follow the river. Check out the photo section - gorgeous area with shore birds, view of Sleeping Giant, old railroad tracks and equipment !

In 2015 the NHTA assumed the maintenance of the Banton Street portion of the Quinnipiac River State Park- former Blue Trail System. This runs along the Q River near the Merritt Parkway service area north of Exit 63. It has an abandoned paved road through an historic housing area and a gentle hiking  trail along the  river. There is an old stone staircase down to the river, a former beach & old foundations- interesting!  Wonderful to visit, particularly with the April and May flowers and Fall foliage, when it is not too wet. The trail head is accessed by turning into Banton St. from State Street just north of Route 22. See the photo section which includes a Trail Map.


There is a 3rd trail that will be opening Spring 2020 on a 3+ acre parcel of land behind the Cinemark Theater on Universal Drive.
With the support of citizens, and local, state and federal funding, we look forward to a fully paved 10 foot wide trail - just like the Farmington Canal Trail that runs from New Haven to Massachusetts. Trails provide a wonderful opportunity for the handicapped, walkers, hikers, cyclists, skaters, birders, photographers, nature lovers, kayakers, canoeists, fishers, outdoor people and fresh- air breathers.

Trails are good for nearby businesses, real estate values, transportation, physical fitness, nature appreciation, youth projects and preservation of the environment. A recreational trail would be a marvelous town and regional resource that we can all be proud of.

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Who We Are


Officers  2020:

President: Steve Fontana

Vice President: Hugh Davis

Treasurer: Fran Notaro

Secretary: Mel Alpert

Special Projects: Trish Nitshke


Board of Directors 2019:

Daka Djordjevic​

Bryant Munson

Trish Nitshke

Marge Quinn

Don Rocklin

Emeritas Directors : Sal  Bonito, Ron Penton


Grants and Awards

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven​- twice


Hamden Lodge of Elks

New Alliance Foundation

Quinnipiac River Fund​