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.
okay for walking
took ride today, the asphalt is in need of repair, rough riding for bikes, many rots lifting the pavement and cracks but nice trail for walking
Beautiful day, beautiful ride
This is a wonderful trail - enough for a nice hour long ride. Lots of people out birdwatching, biking and walking. It's really neat having two very different bodies of water on both sides of you. The road wasn't butter-smooth, but I was able to keep up ...
Peaceful, Relaxing Ride
The trail was well-maintained, scenic and easy to ride. The canal is on one side of the trail and the CT River is through the trees on the other. We met the town historian at the lock, and got a nice history of the area and the canal. Well worth the time ...