Charter Oak Greenway

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The Charter Oak Greenway is a paved, multi-use trail connecting parks with residential and commercial areas. The trail runs for 11 miles between Bolton and downtown Hartford, though there is currently a gap in the trail between Hartford and East Hartford. Note that a short portion of the route 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.

Near its east end is the Hop River State Park Trail, which spans 20 miles largely through dense woodlands. Less than 2 miles separate the two trails and plans are in the works to connect them. Both are part of the expansive East Coast Greenway, which will one day connect multi-use trails from Maine to Florida.

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.

Reviews

Charter Oak Greenway

   September, 2015 by CW4

I would like to let everyone know that the construction to extend this trail from Porter Street in Manchester to the Hop River Trail in Bolton is started, Hooray! It may take over a year but we will soon be able to start in East Hartford and go east ...read more

Sunday Ride

   August, 2015 by ollerje

The path is well kept, but I found it a bit confusing when connecting via streets. Also, all the turns make it a bit difficult to keep up fast speeds. It was dangerous for the first time through when reaching unexpected turns. I found the hills challenging ...read more

Great training trail

   April, 2014 by anneohirsch

It's true that this is not a peaceful trail as most of it runs along I-384. Therefore, it's not the best place for a leisurely walk, but for running or cycling, it's really not disruptive. I ran this to get in some miles and hills for an upcoming race ...read more