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. There may also be other trail projects.
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 a former housing area and a gentle hiking  trail along the  river. There is an old stone staircase down to the river, a 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.


We were preparing to open our third trail in 2020 on a 3+ acre parcel of land alongside and behind the Cinemark Theater on Universal Drive. However the trail was demolished by falling trees from the tornado of August 2020 and further access is on hold.  We push on elsewhere.
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. In the meanwhile we enjoy a natural waking trail.
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 is a marvelous town and regional resource that we can all be proud of.

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Who We Are


Officers  2021:

President: Steve Fontana

Vice President: Hugh Davis

Treasurer: Fran Notaro

Secretary: Mel Alpert


Board of Directors 2021:

Daka Djordjevic​

Bryant Munson

Marge Quinn

Don Rocklin

Emeritas Directors : Sal  Bonito, Ron Penton, Trish Nitshke


Grants and Awards

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven​- twice


Hamden Lodge of Elks

New Alliance Foundation

Quinnipiac River Fund​ Constellation's Constellation Community Champions Program 

      North Haven Trail Association
      P.O. Box 8
      North Haven CT 06473