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.
A cartographical and cardiological nightmare
This is a good trail if you know it really well and are training hills for a race or it's a leg day for strength training. For someone who's out for a leisurely ride it is less than a fun time.
I rode ALMOST the entirety of it this week. I'm pretty ...
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, ...