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Map of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, CT

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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, Connecticut

Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway Connecticut map area

Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway, Connecticut

LENGTH:

54 miles (constructed)

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

New Haven, Harnden, Cheshire, Southington, Avon, Farmington, Avon, Weatogue, Simsbury, East Granby, West Suffield

HIGHLIGHTS:

rail trail, farmland, woodlands, historical bridges, wetlands, residential areas, local parks

NEARBY TRAILS:

Long Wharf Park Trail

Farmington River Trail

Southwick Rail Trail

RELATED LINKS:

New Haven

Hartford

Regional Trails

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a 80-mile long corridor that stretches between New Haven in Southern Connecticut at Northhampton, Massachusetts. There are two major separate sections of paved trails within the many communities along the route within Connecticut. The largest gap in the trail is located in the Plainville area. Short gaps in the develope trails require that trail users use local streets to reach the next section.

The trail is also known as the Farmington Canal Rail Trail and the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway. The route of the trail is that of the canal that finished construction in 1828 and the railroad that replaced the canal for shipping freight across Connecticut.

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail travels through urban areas, residential neighborhoods and farmland. The trail is located away from major roadways for much of the route.

The southern section is around 25 miles long, the northern continuous section is around 28 miles long.

Conditions

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is paved. The trail is open for bike riding, walking and running.

Most of its route is quite rural, but there are numerous street crossings in the urban areas.

Communties

The developed sections of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail goes past the following communities: New Haven, Harnden, Cheshire, Southington, Avon, Farmington, Avon, Weatogue, Simsbury, East Granby and West Suffield.

Points of Interest

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Yale University
Southern Connecticut State University
Wexler Grant School
Puttnam Place Shopping Center
East Rock Community Magnet School
Lake Whitney Open Space
Beckerman Athletic Center
Town Center Park
Hamden Middle School
Quinnipiac University York Hill Campus
Sleeping Giant State Park
Brookside Recreation Park
Lock 12 Park
Cheshire High School
Derynoski Elementary School
Latimer Lane School
Weatoque Park
Drake Hill Park
Granbrooke Park
Nearby Trails

Long Wharf Park Trail: the two trails meet at the south end of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in New Haven.

Farmington River Trail: the two trails meet in two locations. The southern intersection is located along Red Oak Hill Road to the west of Farmington. The northern intersection is located along Hopmeadowstreet at West Street in Simsbury.

Southwick Rail Trail: the two trails meet at the Connecticut / Massachusetts border.

End Points

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail currently has been developed in two major sections.

The south end of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is located in Downtown New Haven. The paved trail starts at Hillhouse Avenue near Trumbull Street on the campus of Yale University.  The north end of the south section is located along Lazy Lane to the west of Queen Street in Southington.

The southern end of the northern section is located along Northwest Drive at Johnson Avenue in Plainville. The north end is located near Quarry Road the border with Massachusetts south of Southwick. At the border the trail meets up with the Southwick Rail Trail.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, Connecticut.

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