The Charter Oak Greenway is a paved, multi-use trail connecting parks and the Captain John Bissell Greenway in East Hartford with residential and commercial areas. The trail runs for 9.8 miles between Forbes Street in East Hartford and Porter Street in Bolton. About 0.5 mile of the trail is on-road.
The trail provides seasonal access to restrooms, picnic areas, athletic facilities, tennis court and playground equipment at Charter Oak Park. Bike lockers are available at the intersection of Route 83 and Charter Oak Street, as well as at the Spencer Street commuter lot. The trail has some steep hills.
Parking and Trail Access
From I-384 eastbound (note greenway on right side), take Exit 3 (Route 83) and turn right onto Route 83N. Turn right onto Charter Oak Street then right again farther down the road into the parking lot at Charter Oak Field.
From I-384 westbound, take Exit 3. Turn right onto Charter Oak Street then right again farther down the road into the parking lot at Charter Oak Field.
Great potential, but yikes...
Random piles of tree scraps line this trail for much of the western part. Signage is sketchy through the Community College land (there are several spurs and loops) and on road interfaces. In general the trail markings seem placed by planners in cars rather ...
Nice, but at times noisy, trail
As other reviewers pointed out, the trail is a little noisy at times due to close vicinity to I-84 and I-384. It's also a little hilly at times, and I know that like other road bikers I do not like riding on hills. Other than that, it is a pretty nice, ...
Much safer than riding on the road
As a resident of Manchester, I have found it pretty difficult to find a biking route that does not involve at least one of the major highways that run through the area. The Charter Oak Greenway does have it's issues (mainly traffic noise) but it's much ...