This former railroad line is now a trail that runs 20 miles and winds its way through the towns of Manchester, Vernon, Bolton, Coventry, Andover, and Columbia. Please be cautious: there are remains of railroad bridges along this trail as well as occasional drainage trenching along trail edges.

trail running
7 months ago

Ideal for point A-B trail runs. Hoping it lives up to its name and I spot some wild hops.

had a wonderful walk. great for bikes or walking. bring big spray though.

So many ways to enjoy this trail! We hiked up to the rock for the view. But we will be back with bikes and snowshoes (when weather permits).

I ride my bike here all the time! Great rail path for biking, running, snowshoeing, and strollin’. Great scenery all around you, and cool off-shoots into the Valley Falls Park trails. It can be high traffic around the parking lot areas, but there’s nice quiet stretches in between.

mountain biking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Started at the Vernon side of the trail this time. Awesome ride!

mountain biking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice flat trail, found a cool waterfall.

mountain biking
Monday, July 24, 2017

We had two cars, and wanted to ride one way so we left one car behind the First Congregational Church 359 US 6, Andover, CT. The second car we parked at the trailhead 175 Colonial Rd, Manchester, CT where there is a dedicated parking lot. By car it was 15 minutes one way between locations. From our start point we crossed RT 6 in front of the church to pick up the trail and then rode to the right heading west. The first 5 miles were a definite uphill grade, around mile 6 it became a downhill grade all the way to Manchester. Total distance between the two locations approximately 12 miles. Considering the trail is mostly hard packed dirt it was very well maintained, wider in some areas than others with a few road crossings. The scenery was mostly rocks that had been blasted through back when the railroad was built with a lot of ferns and greenery, but never saw the Hop River. There were mostly bikers on the trail, and everyone was very friendly. Other than the uphill grade for 5 miles it was a very pleasant ride. If you're looking for a nearby place to stay I highly recommended the Daniel Rust House in Coventry which is 12 minutes from the church by car.

mountain biking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nice flat long path good for hiking jogging biking etc.

Monday, April 24, 2017

very easy

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The view from the painted rock is amazing!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Started on the blue trail then into the yellow blue trail, had a great time! Down hill, streams and up hills

Friday, April 29, 2016

Not a good hike at all to start. Need to be creative and find off trails near the bridge

Friday, May 01, 2015

wonderful trail but does anyone know if dogs are allowed?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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!

trail running
Saturday, September 28, 2013

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.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Hard to find park entrance! -- not too many maps around but trails were enjoyable and the scenery was great! Enjoyed my time there.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

No trail markers in the local area. Direction map led to someone's house.

road biking
2 months ago

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