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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

In 2006, Yale contributed toward the completion of the final two blocks of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail by renovating a small portion of the trail at the foot of Yale’s LEED Gold certified Malone Center. This historic trail provides local residents with an 84-mile biking and pedestrian trail that follows the meandering path of a former canal.  Originally constructed in the 1820s as a waterway linking towns between New Haven and Northampton, Massachusetts, the canal was converted to a railway in the mid-1800s. Portions of this railway were in use up until the 1980s, but during the 1990s, the railroad right-of-way was converted to a pathway for recreational use.