Hop River State Park Trail is a 12.6 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Manchester, Connecticut that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, road biking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.
Great for running! I trained for a half marathon on this trail, which is a relatively flat route and easy to complete! The miles fly by. Started in Manchester and would run up to 5 miles out then back. Perfect weather and beautiful scenery in the fall!!! Only thing that can be tricky is crossing streets at intersections. Some have stop signs others just have crosswalks and not all cars will yield.
Awesome. A must do for trail riders walkers/runners. I started at the southern end and went 8.5 miles north so I need to do the rest on another day. The southern portions is 99%well maintained with a few sandy areas near road crossings to be careful of. Mostly tree covered so even during the high heat of the day it was comfortable.
Started on the blue trail then into the yellow blue trail, had a great time! Down hill, streams and up hills
Not a good hike at all to start. Need to be creative and find off trails near the bridge
wonderful trail but does anyone know if dogs are allowed?
Nice! Slow incline up and a nice ride down. No problem doing 9 to 12 mph up and an easy 15 to 20 mph on the way down on my Hybrid. Great views.
My favorite trail...I like biking from Manchester to Bolton and back (about 13 miles). One of these days, I'll tackle biking all the way to Willimantic. The trail (from west to east) is a slow gradual uphill, which makes turning around and riding the downhill all the way home pure pleasure. Mostly dirt trails (some small gravel), all well maintained. Even a set of port a potties along the way. Highly recommended by this novice cyclist!
This place is pretty awesome you can go as far or as short as you want. This is a great place to get some distance running in if your training for a marathon because you can go very far without having to run on pavement. The farthest I've gone so far is 10.5 miles out making it a 21 mile run total but I've been told it goes a lot further reaching all the way to UCONN or Manchester depending on which end you start. Great views and very scenic. You can take a little detour at Valley Falls to run up the mountain side. Overall this place is one of my favorites and I've done dozens and dozens of runs here. Enjoy.
This is a beautiful trail that is best started at the intersection with Rt 6 in Bolton. From there it goes to Manchester or Willimantic. The parking lot is almost impossible to find but a couple of passes will get you there. It's just past the intersection of 6 and 44 as you head toward Manchester. The reward for finding it is that there are few people on the trail (an old RR path). It passes through forests with little hint of any encroaching civilization. Wide and smooth, it's easy to walk or bike on.
Trail head moved to proper location 6/21/12. There are many different places to enter the trail this is the beginning. Lots of traffic on the trail.
Hard to find park entrance! -- not too many maps around but trails were enjoyable and the scenery was great! Enjoyed my time there.
No trail markers in the local area. Direction map led to someone's house.