CT: New Haven County: Farmington Canal Trail- Southern (ECG- Biking)

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail extends from New Haven to the Massachusetts border (84 miles). It follows the path of the former Farmington Canal and the New Haven & Northampton Railroad. It’s broken up into two main pieces- the Southern (New Haven to Southington) and the Northern (to MA). Today’s ride was the Southern half – map at the bottom.

While the trail is easy to ride blindly along the path, I suggest pausing at the canal at points recognizing the history of the barges pulled along and the “canal locks” painstakingly created along the way to navigate the terrain. There were also several areas with oodles of turtles which was fun to watch sun and swim in their natural environment. Definitely pause!!

As per Native American shamans, the red tailed hawk symbol with its sharp, eagle-like whistle indicates ‘that you should clear your mind. ‘

That is a long hard task for me. To be honest even when riding a beautiful trail with scenic views my mind tends to wander to solving a problem. I ride with a helmet in which I can play music and allow myself the escape taking in beautiful words, sounds and sights and be present with the surroundings.

I paused once to learn about the canal locks and dedicated a blog to my visit to Lock 12 and it’s history which is along this trail. I share it below.

For this ride I parked at a public trail lot near Mikro Pub in Hamden on Depot Road.



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.

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