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Off the Beaten Path

Trace Connecticut's railroad heritage on the Air Line Trail

Trace Connecticut's railroad heritage on the Air Line Trail

Travel by bicycle through 20 miles of wilderness and 100 years of railroad history on the Air Line State Park Trail between East Hampton and Willimantic.

GALLERIES: Off the Beaten Path

Stenger Farm Park: An oasis of flora, fauna in Waterford

From Clark Lane, it looks like a dirt parking lot next to a field with an adjacent dog park, easy to pass by without even a hint of curiosity. But walk into the tree line and you will find a variety of lush micro-ecosystems on this former farm.

Shoreline Greenway Trail: A close-up look at Connecticut's beauty

In our latest installment of Off the Beaten Path, we take you along the Shoreline Greenway Trail, an in-progress trail that will run from Madison to New Haven once it's finished.

Couple turned 'a blank canvas' into a lavender oasis

Even this season, when persistent rains over the fall, winter and spring killed mounds of plants, there's an aura of peace at Killingworth's Lavender Pond Farm and plenty to please the senses.

Small crowds, scenic views make Niantic Bay Beach enticing

Niantic boasts its share of crowd-pleasing available-to-the-public beaches — McCook’s, Hole-in-the-Wall and, of course, the behemoth that is Rocky Neck State Park. Here's one you might not have heard of, though.

Stonington Point: The view is free but priceless

How can a half-acre gravel lot be such a wonderful attraction? Find out for yourself by taking a drive to Stonington Point, the small parcel at the end of Water Street in historic Stonington Borough.