Note: Per the State of Connecticut's website, "The southern end of the Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail will be closed through June 2016 to protect a pair of nesting bald eagles. During the closure, visitors can still walk or bike the trail from the northern entrance at the end of Canal Road in Suffield. From that entrance, visitors can travel south three-and-a-half miles until they come to a gate and are instructed to turn around."
The 4.5-mile Windsor Locks Canal Trail follows the Connecticut River and the Windsor Locks Canal between Windsor Locks and Suffield. This trail provides scenic views of the river and canal, and the corridor is home to a variety of wildlife. In addition, you'll find beautiful 19th-century stonework in the aqueducts and bridges.
The Windsor Locks Canal was built between 1827 and 1829 so that barge traffic could get around the tricky Enfield rapids of the Connecticut. The barges carried produce from farms to Hartford. Today the paved path carries recreationists. There are plans to continue the trail across the Connecticut River on the Route 190 bridge to Pearl Street.
To start at the Canal Road parking lot, take I-91 to Exit 47W and follow Route 190 West for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Route 159 South and take the first left onto Canal Road; follow it to the parking lot.
To start at the Route 140 mill complex, take I-91 Exit 45 to Route 140 West. Just after you cross over the Connecticut River the mill complex is on your right. Take the narrow road down along the canal to the parking lot.