Hop River State Park Trail

EASY 25 reviews

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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
12.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
692 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

hiking

mountain biking

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

lake

views

hiking
9 days ago

mountain biking
15 days ago

walking
1 month ago

1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

very easy

6 months ago

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.

road biking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

rails trails
10 months ago

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.
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hiking
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

hiking
Friday, April 29, 2016

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

mountain biking
Saturday, April 23, 2016

hiking
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
Sunday, April 12, 2015

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, September 13, 2012

walking
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.