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Length
Surfaces
Type

Air Line State Park Trail

54.6 mi
State: CT
Ballast, Dirt, Gravel

Billings Trail

3.3 mi
State: CT
Dirt

Bloomfield Greenway Multi-Use Trail

1.8 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Branford Trolley Trail

0.6 mi
State: CT
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

CTfastrak Multi-Use Trail

4.4 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Concrete

Captain John Bissell Trail

4.5 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Charter Oak Greenway

16.6 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Cheney Rail Trail

1.7 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone

Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail

0.21 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

2.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway

5.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Derby Greenway

2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Dirt

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

48.3 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Farmington River Trail

16.5 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

G & S Trolley trail

1.6 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Grand Trunk Trail

6.2 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Hanover Pond Trail

1 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Harlem Valley Rail Trail

17.2 mi
State: NY
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Hartford Riverwalk

1.7 mi
State: CT
Asphalt
Accordion

Hop River State Park Trail

20 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone

Kress Family Trail

3.1 mi
State: CT
Dirt

Larkin State Park Trail

10.8 mi
State: CT
Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Manhan Rail Trail

9.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Mass Central Rail Trail

38 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Mattabassett Trolley Trail

2.9 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Middlebury Greenway

4.5 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Middletown Westlake Area Bikeway

2.2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Moosup Valley State Park Trail

5.8 mi
State: CT
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Naugatuck River Greenway

5.4 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

New Milford River Trail

5 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Niantic Bay Boardwalk

1.1 mi
State: CT
Boardwalk, Concrete, Gravel

Norwalk River Valley Trail

5.8 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Pequonnock River Trail

13.6 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Putnam River Trail

2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Quinebaug River Trail

4.8 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail

5.7 mi
State: MA
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Quinnipiac Linear Trail

1.25 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Gravel

Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail

1.3 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Railroad Ramble

1.7 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

Redstone Rail Trail

1.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Ridgefield Rail Trail

2.3 mi
State: CT
Gravel

Savin Rock Trail

1.2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Concrete

Shoreline Greenway Trail

4.1 mi
State: CT
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Southwick Rail Trail

6.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Stratton Brook State Park Trail

1.2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

Sue Grossman Still River Greenway

2.9 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Trolley Trail (CT)

0.75 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Washington Secondary Bike Path

19.2 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Westville Lake Community Trail

0.7 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Windsor River Trail

0.8 mi
State: CT
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Air Line State Park Trail winds nearly 55 miles from the northeast corner of Connecticut, where the state borders Massachusetts, down to East Hampton in the heart of the state. The pathway is...
CT 54.6 mi Ballast, Dirt, Gravel
Open in several disconnected segments, the Billings Trail is a dirt path that traverses a lovely scenic and wooded landscape outside Norfolk in northern Connecticut. Built on the abandoned railbed of...
CT 3.3 mi Dirt
Bloomfield Greenway Multi-Use Trail is 1.8 miles between Bloomfield and Simsbury. The trail is envisioned to someday act as a connector between the City of Hartford and the Farmington Canal Heritage...
CT 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Branford Trolley Trail is essentially a long footbridge occupying an old bridge along the route of an abandoned trolley track. The bridge links nature trails on both sides of the water through a...
CT 0.6 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel
A part of Connecticut's first bus rapid transit line, the CTfastrak Trail serves as recreational and multi-use path for walking and bicycling between Downtown New Britain and Newington Junction. The...
CT 4.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Bissell name looms large in this part of New England, and has been immortalized in multiple ways, including the Bissell Ferry, the Bissell Memorial Bridge and now, the Captain John Bissell trail,...
CT 4.5 mi Asphalt
The Charter Oak Greenway offers more than 16 miles of paved pathway through Hartford and its eastern suburbs. At first glance, the trail looks as if it is simply a highway side path, but the journey...
CT 16.6 mi Asphalt
The Cheney Rail Trail follows part of the corridor of the South Manchester Railroad, built by the Cheney brothers in 1869. The line was a 2.5-mile spur from the main Hartford, Providence, and Fishkill...
CT 1.7 mi Crushed Stone
The Chicopee Center Canal Walk offers a short pleasant route in Chicopee, a small city on the outskirts of Springfield in southern Massachusetts. The pathway closely follows the slow-moving canal and...
MA 0.21 mi Asphalt
The Columbia Greenway Rail Trail offers just over 2 miles of paved, tree-lined pathway through Westfield in southwestern Massachusetts. The trail runs from Main Street, across the Great River Bridge...
MA 2.4 mi Asphalt
The Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway, which will one day run 21 miles along the river, currently has two open segments. The longest stretches 3.7 miles from the Chicopee town line to the South End...
MA 5.4 mi Asphalt
Running alongside both the Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers, the Derby Greenway demonstrates a seamless integration of Connecticut’s natural river systems and parks with man-made interventions of the...
CT 2 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The EPCAL Alternative Transportation Path loops around the 2,900-acre Enterprise Park at Calverton (hence its name: EPCAL) on New York’s Long Island and links to the Town of Riverhead’s 65-acre...
NY 8.5 mi Asphalt
First a canal, then a railroad, and now a trail define the history of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. Completed segments span Connecticut south to north, from New Haven to the Massachusetts...
CT 48.3 mi Asphalt
A dozen miles west of Connecticut’s capital of Hartford, the Farmington River Trail forms a 16.5-mile arc that connects to the larger Farmington Canal Heritage Trail on both ends. The rail-trail was...
CT 16.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
At the turn of the 20th century, Groton & Stonington Railway Company began to move passengers between Groton to Mystic via electric trolleys. But in 25 years, the line had been discontinued due to...
CT 1.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The overall goal of the Grand Trunk Trail in south-central Massachusetts is to connect the communities of Brimfield, Sturbridge, and Southbridge by trail. Currently, two sections of the trail are...
MA 6.2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Hanover Pond Trail is a mile-long rail-trail in Meriden, Connecticut offering scenic natural escape combined with historical exploration. The smooth asphalt trail is open to a diverse range of...
CT 1 mi Asphalt
Paralleling the Connecticut and Massachusetts borders, which lie only a few miles away, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail is a beautiful paved wooded pathway along the former New York & Harlem Railroad...
NY 17.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Hartford Riverwalk is a charming network of paved pathways for cyclists and pedestrians that runs along the banks of the Connecticut River through the state capital. The trail provides an off-road...
CT 1.7 mi Asphalt
Accordion
It’s hard to pick a favorite season to experience the Hop River State Park Trail, set amid the dense forests of Eastern Connecticut. Sections of the 20-mile rail-trail dive through steep rock cuts...
CT 20 mi Crushed Stone
The 3.1-mile Kress Family Trail in Roxbury occupies the former route of the Shepaug Valley Railroad (the Shepaug, Litchfield and Northern Railroad). The railroad was famously known as the “crookedest...
CT 3.1 mi Dirt
The Larkin State Park Trail meanders 10.8 miles through the woods and around the lakes and low hills of southwestern Connecticut. The rail-trail follows the route of the New York & New England...
CT 10.8 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Manhan Rail Trail, well integrated into the local communities it serves, offers a pleasant ride or stroll. It conveniently weaves together parks, community points of interest, neighborhoods, and...
MA 9.6 mi Asphalt
The Massachusetts Central Railroad was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938, but the 104-mile corridor is being reborn as a cross-state rail-trail. Currently, nearly 40 miles from Boston to Northampton...
MA 38 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
Where a trolley once ran, now you can too on the south bank of the Mattabessett River. The electrified trolley shuttled passengers from Berlin to Middletown and beyond. The smooth blacktop and an easy...
CT 2.9 mi Asphalt
The Middlebury Greenway provides a paved, off-road option for a self-propelled journey across suburban Middlebury. The trail touches on several business districts and parks, ending at an amusement...
CT 4.5 mi Asphalt
Over 2 miles from start to finish, this U-shaped trail meets both the commuting and the recreational needs of local residents in Middletown. The trail begins on Middle St, marked by a trailhead with a...
CT 2.2 mi Asphalt
This 5.8-mile trail is part of the planned East Coast Greenway, an off-road path that will eventually run from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. The Moosup Valley State Park Trail will connect with...
CT 5.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
The Naugatuck River Greenway will one day span 44 miles from Torrington to Derby in western Connecticut, but is currently open in a few short disconnected segments totaling just over 5 miles. The...
CT 5.4 mi Asphalt
The first phase of the New Milford River Trail runs southeast from Gaylordsville via the scenic but lightly traveled River Road, through Sega Meadows to Boardman Bridge, a distance of about 5 miles....
CT 5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Bookended by beaches and offering gorgeous vistas of Niantic Bay, the Niantic Bay Boardwalk is a must-do excursion in the small Connecticut village of Niantic, part of the larger Town of East Lyme....
CT 1.1 mi Boardwalk, Concrete, Gravel
When completed, the Norwalk River Valley Trail will run from Danbury to Long Island Sound in southwestern Connecticut, for a total of about 27 miles. Currently, several disconnected sections totaling...
CT 5.8 mi Asphalt
The Pequonnock River Trail is not a name you will see on the ground along this developing trail in southwestern Connecticut. Formalized in 2001 by the state, the regional trail pieced together...
CT 13.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Putnam River Trail extends between Arch Street in the Putnam District and Providence Street to the south. The trail follows the east bank of the Quinebaug River between the river and Kennedy...
CT 2 mi Asphalt
The Quinebaug River Trail exists in two segments in northwest Connecticut. The northern section parallels Park Road and Tracy Road for about 2 miles in an industrial section of Putnam with few trail...
CT 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail runs on the corridor once occupied by the Southbridge & Blackstone line of the Providence & Worcester Railroad, transforming a corridor once designed to link rural...
MA 5.7 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
The Qunnipiac Linear Trail is an easy multipurpose path in Wallingford, Connecticut. The trail skirts Community Lake while traveling a heavily wooded corridor along the Quinnipiac River. It is one of...
CT 1.25 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Quinnipiac River Gorge Trail is a 1.3-mile rail-trail in Meridan, Connecticut. The trail occupies the former railbed of the Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River Railroad, a 17-mile line which...
CT 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Railroad Ramble occupies a corridor abandoned by the Central New England Railroad, which provided service from 1871 through 1967. In Lakeville, the trail can be found just off of Route 41 behind...
CT 1.7 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
The Redstone Rail Trail is built on the former New York, New Haven & Hartford Armory Branch, which in turn is a former branch line of the New York & New England RR. Its name comes from the numerous...
MA 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Ridgefield Rail-Trail meanders for nearly 2.5 miles through the forested exburbs of Ridgefield, Connecticut. The trail passes among suburban acreages, along a creek at one point, and past a couple...
CT 2.3 mi Gravel
The Savin Rock Trail offers just over a mile of paved pathway along West Haven’s coastline. Along the way, you’ll enjoy picturesque views of Long Island Sound and access to its sandy beaches. The west...
CT 1.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Setauket-Port Jefferson Station Greenway Trail stretches just over 3 miles along Long Island’s north shore. Construction was completed in two phases with the first trail section opening in 2009...
NY 3.4 mi Asphalt
When complete, Connecticut’s Shoreline Greenway Trail will be a scenic 25-mile route through four quaint New England towns off Long Island Sound. From Lighthouse Point to Hammonasset Beach State Park,...
CT 4.1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Southwick Rail Trail extends from the Massachusetts–Connecticut state line north to the Westfield town line and connects to the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. Along the way, it travels through...
MA 6.5 mi Asphalt
The Stratton Brook State Park Trail presents a great way to work up an appetite for a picnic at Stratton Brook State Park, the first state park in Connecticut to be entirely wheelchair accessible. The...
CT 1.2 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone
Coming in at just under 3 miles, the Sue Grossman Still River Greenway is anchored by the towns of Winchester to the north and Torrington to the south. It occupies the right-of-way of the Naugatuck...
CT 2.9 mi Asphalt
The Trolley Trail runs through Plainfield and is a key link the East Coast Greenway. Plans are to use this trail as a link between the Moosup Valley State Park Trail and the Airline State Park...
CT 0.75 mi Asphalt
The Rockville Spur, a section of Vernon Rails-to-Trails, is a stone-dust rail-trail stretching 4.2 miles into the heart of historical Rockville. The trail begins on Warren Avenue in Vernon, but you’ll...
CT 4.2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Washington Secondary Bike Path offers just over 19 miles of paved trail from Cranston (Providence’s southwestern neighbor) to Coventry. The rail-trail, Rhode Island’s longest, follows the former...
RI 19.2 mi Asphalt
The Westville Lake Community Trail offers a short, scenic excursion along the east bank of Westville Lake in Southbridge. Much of the crushed-stone pathway is under a lush tree canopy. Along the way,...
MA 0.7 mi Crushed Stone
Note: Per the State of Connecticut's website, the trail is open from dawn to dusk April 1–November 14. Eagle nesting activities can delay the opening of the southern trail head in Windsor Locks. Due...
CT 5.4 mi Asphalt
The Windsor River Trail is a paved trail along the Connecticut River in Windsor Meadows State Park. The trail begins at the state park’s parking lot on E Barber St. The Captain John Bissell Trail,...
CT 0.8 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Quinnipiac Linear Trail

short and sweet

May, 2020 by sajeelajgaonkar

.....if you have a toddler tagging along. Very noisy as it’s right next to the freeway..

Billings Trail

This Trail Should not even be listed as a Bike Trail - Should be a minus star

May, 2020 by HDSears

Because this is close and I'd never been to it, I finally did and what I found was something that was a very old rail path that had never had any work done to be "bikeable". The Western Section is owned and managed by a Land Trust who has not even done the work to make it walkable. Trail is covered by fallen trees and clearly, zero tail maintenance is going on. At times the only passable place to walk and carry your bike are narrow trails that leave the "path" and then return where there is a dry spot. Worse trail I've even been on in my 70 plus years of biking. It's an embarrassment and should be listed in your book or on-line stuff.

Dennis Sears.

Captain John Bissell Trail

Capt. Bissell Need signage

May, 2020 by CW4

Took off from Silver Lane on the Charter Oak Trail to get started. 1/2 mile take a right to get on this trail. The surface is ok but showing a lot of grass in the frequent pavement cracks. Woody vegetation is leaning into the trail. The trail twists and turns. There are many places where the visibility is poor especially on faster down hill areas. Mowing back everything would help. Most problematic is the very poor signage. With all the changes in direction improved signage on this trail is a must.

Accordion

Vernon Rails-to-Trails (Hop River State Park Rockville Spur)

Rockville Spur Trail

May, 2020 by CW4

Road this trail and found it in good condition. I had hybrid 1.95 tires on my bike. There are several road crossings that require careful attention. The trail was being well used which is great to see. I road it from the Hop River trail junction to its end in Rockville. 4.2 miles and a grade of mostly up made it a good test for a fast ride. Watch for fast cars at the crossings.

Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

Bumpty Bump Bump

May, 2020 by CW4

I road the entire nearly six mile trail today. The scenery was beautiful and the water views gorgeous, if you could look away from the trail surface. The asphalt is tired, cracked and roots cross it in many locations. I road a street bike with narrow tires which was a mistake. The trail surface is better suited to MT bike or larger tires.
I started at the southern end. Follow along the east side of the factory building to the newly refurbished parking lot with picnic tables. Then the trail goes north to the intersection with Route 190. Turn west to get to Route 159 and back track over the CT River to see the whole trail. At 14 MPH, I need to get my fillings replaced due to the rough surface. The CT Parks Division needs to put this trail on the rehab list. Despite my complaints, it's a pretty trail in need of work.

Harlem Valley Rail Trail

New sections open or nearly open

May, 2020 by billblum

Wow! Once open, the Undermountain Road to Millerton gap is going to be spectacular. I note that the northernmost section going south from Undermountain Road to Boston Corners Road, about one mile long, is now open and beautiful. The next two miles going south, to White Horse Crossing Road, includes a gorgeous mile long raised section going through a beautiful wetland. Parts, including that section, are currently paved but construction is ongoing. Later this season this will be the place to ride!!

New Milford River Trail

Beautiful and Fairly Easy

May, 2020 by lughnerson

I rode this trail in 2018 and loved it, the memory of that day, even the car drive getting there, always bring a smile to my face. It is not for bikes with racing tires, but most others will do fine if the region has not had any rain recently. It is not a tough path, even with its few small hills. Beautiful scenery very close to the river, mostly shaded from the trees. The trail seemed to end near a highway bridge where I sat with my lunch right on the river.

With a drive of almost 2 hours, I would not have visited this area without the this trail. If and when the trail is expanded I will be back. Trails do bring tourists and money into new areas, so good job New Milford.

Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

nice quick ride

May, 2020 by nellyc1970

Decent trail.. gets quite busy. To many people constantly stopping on trail . Biking is tough there on a busy day. Better in early morning or evening.

Air Line State Park Trail

Section closed

May, 2020 by carrie.vezina

Section of the trail at Bull Hill Road is closed as well as the parking lot at this location. No information regarding why this section is closed or for how long. Would be nice if a brief sign could be posted to let users know if work is being done and how long the closure is projected to be. A lot of disappointed people driving and biking here; only to be turned around.

Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

Windsor Locks Canal

May, 2020 by bktourer1

This trail may closed for a period of time which may change due to raptor nesting. You don't find out till you get there. You can also take the new path over the river to connect to Route 190 East to the shopping area, there are no signs telling you which way to go once you cross the Ct River

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

May, 2020 by CW4

Work on extending the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail is beginning at Main Street in Westfield. It is now 2.4 miles long and any extension will be greatly appreciated. The downtown extension insures that the new section will be heavily used. The rest of the trail is in excellent condition.

Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail

Horseback

May, 2020 by rheado

Beautiful day. Yes I got off a few times to kick the poop into the woods since I don’t have a horsey bag. But there were plenty of places either rock stump or bench to mount up from. Met lots of people enjoying the day hiking or fishing. Glad i found and can’t wait to be back again

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