CT: Hartford- Farmington River Trail (Biking)

Distance: 26 miles
Communities: Farmington, Cheshire, Collinsville, Canton, Avon, Simsbury

This is one of the top rail trails for walking, jogging or biking. It runs along the Farmington river for a long portion and provides for a 26 mile loop. There is also an adjunct trail referred to as the Farmington Canal Trail.

I started at mile 0 at the lot at Red Oak Hill Rd. at New Britain Ave. (Farmington) but there are many lots along the loop.

I have bikes this trail in every season. Each season has its benefits. On this visit it is barely spring. The weather is getting warmer but the trees are still bare allowing full views of the river.

The scenes are so picturesque that there are signs referring to the many impressionistic paintings drawn of the area.

While the loop is 26 miles which can normally be done in just a few hours, I find myself pausing every few hundred feet taking in all the views. As such I have only completed the entire loop once.

Stop at Collinsville to the Antique store, ice cream shop and LaSalle Market. Perhaps rent a kayak and paddle down the river! So much to do right here! Come once and you’ll be back too!


Outdoor adventures are my respite. They provide me calm yet are invigorating. I find unity in a world with so much division. I take solace in the spring sounds, smells and sights. 10-12 miles on the Farmington River with a helmet full of music can do just that. 😉

Published by Belinda Sheets

This is a non-promotional blog. I am not a photographer nor am I selling anything through this blog. Professionally I am a Business Transformation Specialist focused on gaining efficiencies and reducing costs for major corporations. Recent life experiences made me better appreciate the present and all that can be seen by increasing my focus and attention on my surroundings. I always enjoyed going out and exercising and I would look but I did not see as my attention was on resolving some problem. Captured through pictures and sharing insights about various locations, I hope others can enjoy my research and insights and allow themselves to pause a few moments and truly appreciate and learn new things. When you follow me that is my only gift. To know I have touched you enough to want to follow the blog. Respectfully (Stay Safe), Belinda Sheets Business Transformation professional with interests in photography, hiking, bicycling and kayaking and learning how to be present.

6 thoughts on “CT: Hartford- Farmington River Trail (Biking)

    1. Hi. Yes. The trail head for the loop starts at Red Oak Hill Rd. at New Britain Ave. (Farmington). I’ll add that to the blog! Hope you enjoy it. I have enjoyed it several times!


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