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Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven


April 10, 2022 – North Haven, Connecticut

Issue: Straightforward

Size: Roughly 3.1 miles

Max elevation: 30 ft.– complete elevation achieve roughly 70 ft.

Route sort: Out and Again

Map: Tidal Marsh Path Map

Trailhead parking: 200 Common Drive, North Haven, CT 06473 (Behind Goal)

No loos on website – No entrance or parking charges

Loads of parking on the trailhead.


Overview:

Tucked behind behind the Goal Division Retailer on Common Drive in North Haven, the Tidal Marsh Path provides guests a rewarding expertise. A leisurely stroll on a path alongside the Quinnipiac River. Beginning on a small bluff above the river, with gorgeous views of Sleeping Big, decrease Hamden, and the river’s marshes. The path meanders south by means of stands of various species of timber between the river and deserted practice tracks. The path is maintained by the North Haven Path Affiliation.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

The Tidal Marsh Path provides fantastic alternatives to fowl watch. You could spot Bald Eagles, Hawks, Ospreys, geese, geese, and different migratory birds in or close to the water, or using the thermals excessive within the sky.

Ospreys - Tidal Marsh Trail

Ospreys – Tidal Marsh Path

In case you observe the sporadic blazes Simply past, into the deserted Cedar Hill Rail Yard, You’ll come throughout a 14-ft. tall Polar Bear sculpture comprised of wooden, sheet steel and different objects reclaimed from the dilapidated constructing that it rests in. The sculpture was created by Connecticut artist Michael DeAngelo.

Polar Bear sculpture - Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Polar Bear sculpture – Cedar Hill Rail Yard


Historical past:

The North Haven Path Affiliation started creating the Tidal Marsh Path in 2012 with the assistance of personal and public funds to safe easements alongside the Quinnipiac River to supply North Haven residents entry to the River for leisure functions and to make sure safety of the River and its surrounding watershed.

The Quinnipiac River is a forty five.5-mile lengthy river situated completely within the state of Connecticut. The river rises in West Central Connecticut from Lifeless Wooden Swamp close to the town of New Britain. It flows roughly southward to Plainville, Southington, and Cheshire, west of the town of Meriden, by means of Wallingford and Yalesville, North Haven, and flows into New Haven Harbor, an inlet of Lengthy Island Sound, east of downtown New Haven. The identify “Quinnipiac” comes from an Algonquian phrase that means “lengthy water land.”

In line with the 1928 problem of Railway Age journal, there have been as soon as 14 yards at Cedar Hill with a capability of 15,000 rail vehicles. The yard coated 880 acres and prolonged greater than seven miles from New Haven into North Haven. It was 1.5 miles extensive at its widest level.

The Cedar Hill Rail Yard was constructed by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad (recognized merely as The New Haven) and first opened for service in December 1894, with a capability of roughly 400 railroad vehicles in and round New Haven’s Cedar Hill neighborhood, which gave the yard its identify. At its peak throughout World Conflict II, Cedar Hill Yard dealt with greater than 5,000 railroad vehicles per day. Following the tip of the battle, the yard’s significance started to say no as freight visitors throughout New England shifted to highway transport, and heavy trade left the area. A lot of the yard started to fall into decay following the New Haven Railroad’s chapter in 1961.

In 1969, the bankrupt New Haven Railroad was merged into newly-formed Penn Central Transportation Firm, which inherited the yard. Only one yr after buying Cedar Hill Yard with the remainder of the New Haven, Penn Central declared chapter. The corporate was merged into Conrail in 1976, together with many different bankrupt or troubled railroads within the Northeast, making Conrail the yard’s new proprietor. Conrail started efforts to carry parts of Cedar Hill right into a state of fine restore, spending over $3 million (equal to $14,300,000 in 2021) on observe resurfacing and tie alternative in 1976 alone between Cedar Hill and Hartford Yard. In 1978, two years into Conrail’s tenure, Cedar Hill was processing roughly 300 vehicles a day, considerably lower than it had within the New Haven days. At this level the yard employed 200 staff, down from its peak of 1,000.

In 1999, Conrail’s traces in New England had been bought by CSX Transportation. As of 2021, CSX stays the proprietor and most important operator at Cedar Hill Yard. Presently a lot of the yard now lies deserted and is an attraction for city explorers, regardless of the hazards of the outdated buildings and services which include lead paint and asbestos.


Path Overview:

Though the path map (2016) exhibits the path as blazed orange, it’s marked with white blazes. The map signifies that the path is a couple of 1/2 mile lengthy (1 mile spherical journey), however it’s roughly 1.5 miles to the Polar Bear sculpture. The intermittent white blazes are a sign that the path was prolonged because the map was revealed.

Please observe: I contacted the North Haven Path Affiliation and the reply that I acquired was “The path is about 1 mile lengthy. There isn’t a “Polar Bear” sculpture on this path.” Apparently the “Polar Bear” sculpture is on the deserted Cedar Hill Rail Yard property and never a part of the Tidal Marsh Path. For the reason that total route is blazed white, for the aim of this information, the whole path might be known as the “Tidal Marsh Path.”

There are a whole lot of leaning/fallen timber alongside the path that you’ll have to step over or duck below.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

The properly trodden path is comparatively simple to observe though a lot of the blazes are pale or the timber that they’re painted on, have fallen.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven


Hike Overview:

There may be loads of parking on the trailhead which is behind Goal.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Though that is a simple hike, from what I’ve learn on Fb, many individuals by no means discover the Polar Bear sculpture, which is without doubt one of the highlights of the hike. Once I was studying the feedback on somebody’s publish, what caught with me was “In case you assume you went too far for the bear… maintain going farther. You’ll ultimately come throughout the outdated rail constructing with the bear inside.” That remark was useful in not turning again too quickly.

The map beneath exhibits the route that we took. The path is usually flat with minimal elevation achieve.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

This hike, from what I learn, is best executed throughout leaf off season. In accordance to people who have visited, the path will get overgrown, making the path more durable to observe. There are additionally a whole lot of bugs and ticks through the hotter months. Additionally, since it’s situated in an industrial space, it’s in all probability higher to not hike alone. We didn’t encounter any of those points on our go to.


The Hike:

The hike begins within the car parking zone behind the Goal Division Retailer. The trailhead is clearly marked with a big signal and there are informational indicators detailing the historical past of the Quinnipiac River. There’s a bench for enjoyable proper on the trailhead.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Proceed forward on the white-blazed path which heads in a southwesterly route alongside a bluff above the Quinnipiac River. As you stroll alongside the path, search for an Osprey stand on the sting of the marsh. We noticed an Osprey fly overhead and land, becoming a member of the one which was already there.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Ospreys - Tidal Marsh Trail

Ospreys – Tidal Marsh Path

You’ll in all probability should do some ducking alongside the best way as there are quite a few timber laying throughout the path. In August 2020, the world was hit by a twister that barreled by means of Hamden, North Haven, and Bethany.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Subsequent to the path are traces of rusted tracks with giant timber rising between the rails.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

A rusty ladder on a metal pole stretch excessive into the cover.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

There are extensive gaps within the timber that afford open westerly views throughout the river into Hamden.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

To the north, Sleeping Big is seen within the distance.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

I consider that this marks the tip of the Tidal Marsh Path, which is a couple of 1/2 mile from the beginning. To proceed on to the Cedar Hill Rail Yard and the Polar Bear sculpture, observe the path to the left of the concrete culvert. Don’t stroll by means of the tunnel.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

As soon as above the culvert, flip proper and observe the practice tracks. You might even see some fallen Birch timber laying throughout the tracks. Proceed forward and you’ll decide up the path a brief distance later.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

There are not any seen blazes on this space, however proceed southwest alongside the properly crushed path. When the path splits, taking the left fork will take you on to the Polar Bear sculpture. We didn’t know that on the time so we stayed proper which led us to a paved space of the rail yard that was attention-grabbing to take a look at.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

An outdated deserted swap tower, that when guided trains into the Cedar Hill Rail Yard.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

The outdated gentle towers now function nests for raptors.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

A roofless swap tower.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Classification Yard.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Heavy equipment for rail upkeep.

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

The 110-foot tall Troopers’ and Sailors’ Monument excessive above New Haven, is seen for miles on a transparent day. The monument, on the summit of East Rock Park, was devoted in 1887 to honor troopers and sailors who fought within the American Revolution, the Conflict of 1812, the Mexican-American Conflict and the Civil Conflict.

Soldiers and Sailors Monument - East Rock Park

Troopers and Sailors Monument – East Rock Park

We took this unmarked path a brief distance east till we hooked again up with the White Path, the place we turned proper.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

The path is clear though it’s sparsely blazed, however as you proceed southwest, white blazes begin to seem.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Once you come to a steel, roofless constructing that’s the place the Polar Bear sculpture resides. This constructing is roughly 1.5 miles from the beginning of the hike.

Tidal Marsh Trail – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

In case you enter from the south, you will note the again of the Polar Bear first. Proceed previous the white sheet steel till you’re nose to nose with the murals that’s hidden within the ruins of an outdated rail yard.

Polar Bear sculpture - Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Polar Bear sculpture – Cedar Hill Rail Yard

The bear is the work of New Haven-based artist M.J. DeAngelo. “This man is comprised of reclaimed wooden and steel falling off of the decaying constructing he sits in, 14 ft tall, smashed, nailed collectively, sprayed with a fireplace extinguisher, and spray painted deep within the woods.”

Polar Bear sculpture - Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Polar Bear sculpture – Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Polar Bear sculpture - Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Polar Bear sculpture – Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Polar Bear sculpture - Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Polar Bear sculpture – Cedar Hill Rail Yard

A really cool Instagram video from Might 2020 of the sculpture being created.

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

This was our turnaround level and we started retracing our steps. At occasions we wandered round a bit exploring the quite a few railyard remnants scattered all through the woods.

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

Cedar Hill Rail Yard

We turned left on the concrete culvert, descended again to the “official” part of the Tidal Marsh Path and continued northeast alongside the Quinnipiac River, again to the parking space, the place the hike started.

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven

Assessment:

A very good stroll by means of the woods with heaps to see. The Polar Bear sculpture is a worthy vacation spot by itself. We received there early sufficient that we didn’t encounter anybody on the best way in. As we had been making our approach again (about 1/2 mile from the trailhead), we did cross a number of small teams getting in the other way. All in all a pleasant hike with many factors of curiosity to see and {photograph}.

Professionals:

Scenic space, Polar Bear sculpture, First 1/2 mile of the path is properly marked, a whole lot of fowl exercise, loads of parking.

Cons:

Numerous leaning timber which suggests a whole lot of ducking.


Take a hike!

Tidal Marsh Trail - North Haven

Tidal Marsh Path – North Haven


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