The Farmington River Trail is built upon the former Central New England Railroad corridor and runs between the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
near Tunxis Meade Park and the Simsbury town line. A short disconnected section of trail extends between Bushy Hill Road to Hopmeadow Street, paralleling Village Rd./West St./Rt 167. The two segments can be linked by taking Stratton Brook State Park Trail
, with a on-road section along Town Forest Road, from Stratton Brook Road, at the south end of the park.
To reach the southern trailhead in Farmington, take Interstate 84 to Exit 38 and follow US Hwy. 6 west. Drive 3 miles and turn right on Route 10 north. After 0.25 mile, turn left on Meadow Road and continue 1 mile to the parking lot at Tunxis Meade Park, on the right. From the lot, take the sidewalk along Red Oak Hill Road for 100 yards, turn right and cross New Britain Avenue to the trailhead.
To reach the northern trailhead, take US Hwy. 44 to State Route 179 south. Collinsville is 1 mile from this junction. Just before town, turn right on Gildersleeve Avenue, where the trail follows a boardwalk along the river. You'll find limited roadside parking here and additional parking in town.
Thanks for those who warned about the tree routes. I chose the mtn bike to cushion the ride with the suspension. I started on the north access in Collinsville and found that the tree roots were perhaps a bit overstated as it was only the first 2-3 miles ...
I live local to this trail and enjoy it a few times a month on my mountain bike. I usually treat myself to coffee and an egg sandwich at LaSalle Market and Deli when I get to Collinsville. There are many parking areas along this scenic path. The section ...
enjoy this ride immensely but some roots are popping up in areas under asphalt