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

ROUGH RIDE

   October, 2014 by sjcolwell2

Trail is fun but rough, areas are tilted towards the canal side. Needs to be repaved read more

Path for hikers only

   August, 2014 by jamesbingboy

The trail is kind of pretty, really short. The south entrance should be avoided unless you are in a suv with great ground clearance. My camry bottomed out and had a hole put in my exhaust that costed two hundred bucks to repair. Expensive bike ride ...read more

WL Canal

   August, 2014 by guastafeste

I walk this trail several times a week. It is open from April 1 to November 14. However, over the last few years eagles have nested in the south end of the park, and the southernmost mile has been closed off until July. The trail is 4.25 miles from ...read more