Norwalk State Heritage Trail
North Water Street, Norwalk, Fairfield County, Connecticut

A mixed urban waterfront development on the estuary of the Norwalk River.


Directions:

Parking is available in both the Maritime Aquarium lot (fee required) and the Mathews Park/Lockwood Mansion lot.

I-95 Northbound:
Take exit 14. Go straight at the stop sign at the end of the exit ramp. Continue parallel to I-95 on Reed Street and go straight at the next stop sign.  At the traffic signal at the end of Reed Street, turn left onto West Avenue and head north in the right lane.  At the third traffic signal, take a right into Mathews Park and follow the signs to the parking area for the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum.

From I-95 South:

Take exit 15. Keep right on the off-ramp (avoiding US Route 7 North) and proceed to West Avenue. Bear right on West Avenue and take first right into Mathews Park for parking.


History:

Norwalk is known for its oyster industry. And to have a good industry the Norwalk River must be free of pollutants. This awareness plus general environment interests combined in the desire to protect the river.

2001 (June 2) the area officially became the Norwalk State Heritage Park. It included museums, an amphitheater, visitor's center, boardwalk, fishing piers, boat docks, artwork and children's playground.


Source:

Norwalk State Heritage Park:  http://www.norwalkct.org/HeritagePark/index.html


Facilities:

Lake/pond, boat ramp and/or marina, fishing pier and walking paths.


Trail:

The portion of the trail that was to be completed in 2002 would continue through the park and parallel Route 7, crossing three roads before reaching its end at Belden Avenue.

West Avenue
Gate House
Ferra Park
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
Science Road
Oyster Shell Park
Walking Bridge
Pier
Maritime Aquarium
gazebo

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