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.
Parking and Trail Access
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.
Beautiful Ride, but busy
I live about a mile from the middle of this trail and know it well. I've run, biked, x-c skied, walked (with stoller, dog, wife, and more) over the trail hundreds of times. It's a beautiful area with a fun town to visit half way along the trail map. Collinsville ...
Road BIkes Use Caution
I love this trail but some of the older sections have tree roots that pushed the pavement up. You will have to steer around them so you don't damage your wheels. Its like going over speed bumps. Hopefully they will clean up some of these areas in the ...
Last Thursday on my way to the North Shore of Boston I did the Farmington Canal Trail and had such a great ride I thought that on my way back home I would do this trail and had another great ride. This trail is much more scenic than the Canal trail as ...