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

views of ct. river

   May, 2016 by djuseless1

trail is a nice trail for views of the ct. river but it is bumpy. the asphalt needs replacing. Also better for walking than biking due to the short length. Part of the trail is closed for eagle nesting. read more

Those are bumps?

   October, 2015 by rragusa

Canal trail is beautiful for its variety of scenery. It may not be perfectly paved, and since I ride a cruising bike with balloon style tires, the few "rough" spots are meaningless little bumps. I see speed bikes all the time and they move along at a ...read more

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