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Explore the best rated trails in North Branford, CT. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Windsor River Trail and Niantic Bay Boardwalk. With more than 44 trails covering 333 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
It’s a beautiful trail. BUT, please beware of the yellow post they have installed at all the road crossings to keep motor vehicles off the trail. As I was crossing the road at one of the crossings, as I came back onto the trail my handlebar caught the post and sandwiched me in my bike and the bike and I went down hard. I ended up fracturing my back. So please be careful on this trail through Southwick.
I do my run here a few times a month, It is so beautiful I really like it. It is so green and right next to the CT River the air is so clean. It's good for a long run where you can get up to 10 miles and it's a well maintained trail.
If you ride longboard or inline skate. Get ready for terrible ground. if you start from Bolton State Park.. After 6.5 miles of riding... The ground is so mess up. There is so many cracks on the ground. Just be careful. Beside that, this trails has best downhill and cool turns.
I’ve completed the Wilton trails in Lovers Lane, Entrance near Orem’s Dinner and Mathews Park. All are great. My favorites are the Wilton Trails, you enter and your engulfed in nature. Absolutely beautiful. I also love walking In Mathews park although that is more of a city trail to me not as much nature as these are concrete paved and you pass near traffic and such. So grateful to all the hard work put into to providing these trails thank you!
Bring a hat for windy days . Beautiful walk . Access to McCook park is up the hill if you want a longer walk.
It’s beautiful good for kids nice and clean .
Yes the path is new, surrounded by greenery and tuck back from the main road. My biggest complaint is the amount of crossroads at the beginning in smith town. Too much interruptions AND You really need to be careful even when you hit the rider alert button for crosswalks The ride itself is nice, but no facilities on path.
We biked from Simsbury to Farmington on the Canal trail. It was nice with the fall color, but there is not much else to see. On the way back we took the River trail. It goes parallel to the river and it is very pretty. It goes thru Canton, which is a charming little town. From there the bike trail is quite good for a while, but then you have to bike on the road. The bike trail sign is painted on the road, but you have to look for it. Traffic was not bad at all. The last part goes thru a simsbury park, there are a lot of roots, gotta be careful. All in all the river trail is very nice, even with a couple of miles of in road biking. there there
Beautiful for a bike ride in the fall. The trail is well kept, the views are beautiful and is moderately trafficked. I started at the Manchester trailhead and just kept going straight, passing parking lots in Vernon and Bolton. Didn’t notice much options for restrooms or pit stops for food so plan accordingly.
Although it's an easy, beautiful, and relatively flat trail overall, the Naugatuck-to-western-outskirts-of-Naugatuck part of the Larkin Bridle trail is a little more challenging, isolated, and wild, whereas the west-of-Naugatuck to Southbury part of Larkin Bridle is wider, flatter, and more accessible.
Personally, I am not big on technical/single track bike riding, so I experimented with Larkin Bridle until I found just the right section to become my regular ride. For me, that's definitely the flatter, wider, less technical portion. These coordinates (41.474814, -73.117086) will take you to a very quiet, non-residential road with a turnout that allows for three or four cars to park in front of the wide gate that marks the path. (There's a marshy pond nearby where you might hear ducks quacking.) This is the point on Larkin Bridle where it become an excellent trail not only for comfort-minded fitness bike riders like me, but also a great walking path, especially for my dad, who is older.
From the coordinates above to Southbury it is about 5.5 miles, one way. You'll be on a wide path with a mix of hard pack dirt and gravel. Very easy and flat, unless it's been raining for a few days, in which case some parts can get a bit muddy. Overall, this part of the path is shady and well maintained with beautiful, tall trees, occasional bodies of water, and interesting rock formations. Just gorgeous! On this part of the trail, you can relax and pass people easily. Would be wonderful for a post-Thanksgiving dinner walk or a ramble with the dog. The Naugatuck-to-western-outskirts of Naugatuck portion of Larkin Bridle, by contrast, while still very doable on a bike, is much more weedy, woodsy, and rocky, with brief portions that have very steep ups-and-downs near road crossings. For a more relaxing experience, I recommend the west-of-Naugatuck to Southbury portion, starting at the coordinates above and heading toward Southbury.
Rode Plainville CT to CT/MA border. Northern section. I like that you go through many towns on the lower half then out in the country from Simsbury north. Beautiful scenery. Paved the whole way, some sections with roots coming through.
While the portion along the River is nice. The upper half from Simbury to Canton is terrible. Mostly on road, 10% grades, poorly marked. We had to use rail to trails app and use GPS so we did not get lost. I’d rate it one star but the Canton to Farmington section is nicer. Stick with the Farmington Canal Trail only if your visiting from out of town like we were.
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