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Map of the Farmington River Trail, CT

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Farmington River Trail, Connecticut

Farmington Riverr Trail Connecticut map area

Farmington River Trail, Connecticut

LENGTH:

12.7 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Farmington, Unionville, Canton, West Simsbury, Simsbury

HIGHLIGHTS:

rail-trail, old bridges, residential areas, rural communities, woodland, local parks

NEARBY TRAILS:

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Hartford

Regional Trails

The Farmington River Trail roughly follows the Farmington River through rural areas in Connecticut to the west of Hartford. The route includes paved and unpaved sections with some on-street connections. There are approximately 12.7 miles of separate pathway within the route. The trail intersects the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail at the north and south end. This trail connects several communities and travels through the natural areas alongside the river, past residential neighborhoods and farmland.

The trail was constructed along an abandoned railroad right-of-way and it crosses the Farmington River using old railroad bridges. The route of the trail goes near by to the commercial areas of Unionville and through the middle of Collinsville and Canton and past the shopping mall in Canton. There are also a number of local parks and schools along the way.

Conditions

The Farmington River Trail is paved for most of the way, but has a stone dust surface in a couple of the northern sections. The trail is open for non-motorized uses such as bike riding, walking and running. In Canton, the trail meanders and has a number of street crossings.

Communities

The Farmington River Trail goes past the following communities: Farmington, Unionville, Canton, West Simsbury and Simsbury.

Points of Interest

The Farmington River Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Tunxis Mead Athletics Field
YMCA Camp Chase
Nepaug Reservoir
The Shoppes at Farminton Valley
Stratton Brook Open Space
Stratton Brook State Park
Simsbury High School
Nearby Trails

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail: The Farmington River Trail allows a connection to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in two locations. The southern location is just east of New Britain Avenue and Red Oak Hill Road in Farmington. This location is near to the Tunxis Mead Athletics Field. The northern intersection of the trails is at Hopmeadow Street and Drake Hill Road in Simsbury.

End Points

The southerly section of the Farmington River Trail is continuous for 10-miles from Farmington to Canton. This section is paved. The southern end of this section is at New Britain Avenue and Red Oak Hill Road in Farmington. The north end of this paved section is located along the Albany Turnpike near Lawton Road in Canton.

Trail users will need to use local streets to reach the northerly sections.

Thenortherly unpaved sections of the trail are close to the Town Forest Baseball Field in West Simsbury and the Stratton Brook State Park in Simsbury. There is also a paved pathway alongside West Street in Simsbury that stretches from Simsbury High School to Hopmeadow Street.


Resources

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

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