Before the track ends, there's a nice restaurant/bar on the left. When complete, the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway will be a continuous 80-mile path from New Haven to Northampton, MA. I'm also from Naugatuck wanting to commute into New Haven. Looking forward to making it to the southern parts! Go 0.5 mile and turn left onto US 6/Colt Hwy. that are finished, one of which is part sand and dirt that are at the present detours around unfinished sections.To the south it is perfect with occasional toilets and in some places double wide with asphalt for those that want it and a double dirt path. To reach the trailhead on the Yale University campus: From I-91, take Exit 3 and merge onto Trumbull St. Go 0.3 mile and turn left onto Hillhouse Ave. Back then very FEW people used it. Still training to get up all the hills in Hamden and Naugatuck I figured by June I'll be good to go. If you use the RTC mapping feature, follow the directions exactly. In Southampton the trail will be on the abandoned railroad right of way, but the right of way has not yet been purchased. Gang graffiti is plentiful, and I saw virtually no other cyclists or walkers - just people milling around in the neighborhoods. I know there are black bears near our home (area) but have not SEEN one ON the trail (daytime use). We are trying to plan out a 50 mile ride round trip for a scouting badge. The remaining section in Southington is scheduled for construction in 2020. WE LOVED THE RIDES!! The trail is well traveled so watch out for traffic. It is mostly flat, with a couple of very short climbs, mostly shaded, with lots of benches, some of them adorned with pot flowers to make your experience more delightful. Massachusetts: technically, itâs a different trail but itâs really a continuation of the same trail. Since it has been paved - horses are now NOT ALLOWED!! This should be done in about two weeks. I rode an old Mt Bike with a Town & Country tire but I should have done this on a Road Bike as the pavement is in very good shape and where there are some problems there is paint marks to let you know. The longest gap on the trail is between Lazy Lane in Southington and Northwest Drive in Plainville. Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and Farmington Rail Trail map The trailhead is on the right. The section from the Westfield River to the abandoned railroad will be on the road. There is plenty of rail trail. Not worth a drive to New Haven. The billboard on the front of the building states they are working on the building and the greenway. ", "The person who posted the pics later on down this page hit the nails on their heads. A 2017 finished is possible for this new piece of trail. This is an area where you could lose the trail if your instincts fail you since there are not enough signs to guide you. Well there were closed signs but the trail wasn't blocked so we, like others, carried on. Iâll try to break down each town, starting at the southern end. We rode a total of about 34 miles,17 miles there & back.. We enjoyed this trail,its different then a lot of trails,you are all over the place,riding in residential,the woods,past the Monrovia Nursery,then into the town..but all on paved ground..Good signage.little bumpy in a few spots,but over all pretty good. I loved it. You can reach this by going west off Rt.10 and taking a left on Canal St. after the underpass. Go 1.3 miles and turn right onto Tunxis Mead Road and look for parking at the athletic fields. There are Yale Students starting to ride on it so you won't be alone. Built between 1824 and 1835 to get farm products to market on boats towed by horses and mules, it became obsolete in the railroad age. It's a great ride, and I congratulate and thank everyone who made this trail happen. The next few miles past the restaurant were unremarkable and sadly there was a pickup truck sized pile of trash at the very end of the trail by the bridge underpass. It is 95% flat with a few hills in the area of Hamden. Southington is working on extending its section south to Cheshire. It is championed by two groups: the Farmington Valley Trails Council, based in the Farmington Valley, and the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association, based in Hamden. Even better, the town has recognized the trail by placing it in their new open space plan. Once things open up it is a perfect ride. (Too bad for us); but as I have moved away from horse riding to personal trail use I am SO HAPPY that I have this wonderful gift in my back yard. I rode down into Conn. today and found they have started work on the two culverts at the state line. Keep your eyes on young kids whose parents aren't paying attention to them. There are a lot of benches along the way and a great view in the first mile as you go over the Farmington River. From Cornwall Avenue in Cheshire to Temple Street (College Street) in New Heaven you have approximately 14 miles. But I rarely ride the bulk of the trail in Southington. You will laugh at our adventure but it is worth noting. There are some postings on the RTC website that mention a section where riders are hassled. Enjoy! We enjoyed about a 20 mile down and back ride yesterday.8-22-05. If anyone is familiar with this step and how to deal with it, I would greatly appreciate any advice. I understand that would require increased maintenance but I have seen them along other trail ways. But overall a nice ride. I rode the trail on my bicycle from New Haven to Chesire and then continued on the road to do the Southington portion of the trail. From then on it's just a neighborhood and then a gun factory. The trail ends at West Main Street and Summer Street. Simsbury: like Avon, a mixed bag. Level: Easiest. We even saw a police car parked at one of the crossings. 68. I brought my special needs daughter to ride it and she doesnt ride on roads. The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a paved multi-use trail that extends from New Haven to the Massachusetts border. This is one of my favorite stretches as it offers diversity. Past where the trail ends it goes through a small industrial park and crosses a main road and goes into the woods unpaved and there's still the tracks and trestles there for about 15 miles. Southwick, Massachusetts.... what a beautiful ride. I wanted to check on the progress of the extension of the trail towards Yale. Check out the Southwick Trail on TrialLink.com pages, you'll find a great ride up to Westfield Mass. ", "Right across from the ""Head"" of Sleeping Giant and across from the Golf Course and just north of Andale, (the Mexican restaurant) is what looks to be a permanent detour. The owner said he does not want to turn the rail into a trail but the town is negotiating to keep the rail active and make it a rail-with-trail. So, I am rating this trail in both directions. 2018 trail completions in Cheshire and Southington make the trail continuous for 23 miles. In good condition. The Simsbury portion is nice and there are a lot of stores around for food, water, etc. 275 Mt Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT. Get directions. However the trail map has not been updated to show that the actual paved section of the trail extends at least 3 miles further north than what is being currently shown. We parked our car at the Quinnipiac Sports Center parking area in Hamden, and rode south seven miles. The good news is that the on-road connection is just 5 miles on mostly (very) secondary roads. A private-but-open-to-the-public spot off the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. and have it go under State and come out at the current Amtrak/State Street Station where it's been proposed. At the time of this writing, the first half mile from Cornwall south is in need of some paving - there is a bump in the asphalt every 50 feet or so and is annoying on a road bike. Entire route is very flat, with a few long slight upgrades or downgrades but nothing at all difficult. In Granby you pass a very large Nursery that goes on for ever. Other than that it has many many road crossings, little to no shade, very unscenic with backs of warehouses and industrial area as our views. Parking; Viewpoint; Information; Warning; Directions; Sight; Restrooms; eBike Charging Point; Water Fountain/Source; Gate; Trail Sign; Table or Bench; Ladder; Stairs; Bridge; Camping; Cabin; Lodge ; Bear Cache; Dock; Ranger Station; Summit; Other; Directions to farmington-canal trailhead (41.312040, -72.923050) update trails status or condition Farmington Canal Trail … Has anyone done the ride from Farmington to New Haven? After starting on Copper Hill Road (E. Granby), we headed south across Rte 20 and found that the trail ""ends"" at the Granby Station Depot (now a daycare center). After that is is pretty clear sailing to the MA border and beyond. It is now possible to go from New Haven to Cheshire by Sleeping Giant State Park. Among others, you will ride along beautiful murals on both sides of the trail. Follow the bike route signs to the trailhead in Sperry Park. The scenery is beautiful, and there are multiple points throughout Farmington Township itself that have been newly renovated and improved— it … If you are worried about safety as you head towards New Haven on this path a good turnaround point would be when you see the Home Depot. The gap sections are in Newhallville, New Haven and south of Connolly Parkway to the New Haven line in Hamden. Become a member and wear your FREE T-Shirt with pride. It is an interesting section, with a variety of bridges, numerous access points, and surroundings as pleasant as could be expected in a suburban to urban area. But further beyond you will encounter few people. A great trail going north through Farmington into Simsbury. Park and Ride lot on Rt. Hats off to the trail section maintainers, it's truly a lovely greenway.". Great news, but not really. One plus is there are spots to stop for a bite to eat. 8/9/2006. If you look at the map of this trail it has a number of places to park. As I said before this particlular section of the trail may be the single safest, easiest, and most comfortable continuous stretch of this type length in the entire New England section of the East Coast Greenway. find trail maps, reviews, photos & driving directions on traillink.com The foreman told me the construction is ahead of schedule and the trail will be completed through (and adjacent to the building) by September 2005! New Haven: Iâve only been on the section a few times and theyâre still working on finishing it. This is a flat trail with a little elevation in Hamden. There is still a section in Hamden that is 'closed'. Paved bike trails that follow train lines or canals are great but you have to accept that the scenary will not always be the best. ", "As of late, the next portion of this trail has been built in Southington for one mile. Once you hit New Haven, you are basically in the projects for a mile and what looks like a rough neighborhood. I used to post semi-regularly on here when it was the older site. Of course I'm biased because I live in this area, but I've cycled almost the entire trail and that part is my favorite. Another interesting aspect of this 10 mile section of the trail is that the first 4 miles headed south provides no shade at all in the September mid-afternoon and then the next 6 miles starting at about Rt. You're safer competing against traffic on Dixwell. We made it all the way to New Haven. The new section is in a very urban area but is lined with large trees making it quite attractive. Zoomable. Wide enough to handle walkers as well as bikers. We were pleasantly surprised at the improvements made since we were there last year. The trail currently goes to E Silver St, Westfield. This is one great Trail, it has almost everything. The end section at Yale was closed so we didn't make it to the very end point. Contact us: [email protected] The Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail … We found this section very flat and in nice condition. There is a 7.5 mile gap from Cheshire's terminus to the new Southington trail. Five stars. The old sidewalk is now a paved walk and then crosses over behind the eateries and becomes the trail again. Stay away from the trail from Hamden to New Haven. Stone arch bridge over Tributary of Shepard Brook on Farmington Canal Heritage Trail Location Hamden, New Haven County, Connecticut Status Open to pedestrians only Design Stone arch Also called NH Canal Line Bridge 6.99 Approximate latitude, longitude +41.39356, -72.91541 (decimal degrees) 41°23'37" N, 72°54'55" W … CENTRAL SECTION: The Farmington Canal Heritage has evolved and continues to evolve into a destination of national significance. Kids are hanging out on the trail and present a major risk to anyone using the trail south of Hamden. As we were riding we noticed some trail widening in progress in Simsbury/Granby. First we are low level bike riders so this review is for all levels. Trail Map Print the map and brochure by selecting the Trail map. Currently, just past the last tunnel that was cleared is a temporary art show of long boats, made out of bricks and other materials, for about 30 or so boats for maybe 200 feet. Excellent. 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