Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail (WIndsor Locks Canal Towpath)

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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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.

Reviews

Nice starter ride

   August, 2015 by bjayb42

Started at the south end near Rte 140. parking is up a narrow driveway with vicious speed bumps. Recommend starting at the north end. Trail is well maintained with reasonable views of the river and constant view of the canal. Interesting overlooks and ...read more

Shorter than planned

   May, 2015 by n64456

Access from south end of the trail is blocked. Drove up to north access area and rode the trail south. paved and kinda rough; definitely not a road bike trail. Due to eagle nesting; the trail is fenced off and access blocked starting at the railroad bridge ...read more

I love this trail.

   April, 2015 by redheadfaerie

I have been walking and biking this trail for years. It just opened for the season a couple of weeks ago, and there was a bit of much needed upkeep done to it before opening, whether pruning back some of the bushes that had started encroaching on the ...read more