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Have walked and biked on this rail-trail many times over the years. Well kept, smooth (a few parts get very slightly rocky near Bolton Notch, but that's considered the Hop River Trail at that point). Nearly flat as this used to be a railroad track, the only inclines happen EXTREMELY gradually. I can only notice the incline on my bike as one direction I'll average 13mph or so while having to pedal constantly, and on the way back I can coast up to 20mph and maintain it with little effort. Great for biking as well as hiking as there are several offshoot trails in both Valley Falls and Bolton Notch parks which offer expansive lookouts and challenging climbs less than a half mile from the rail-trail.

There are several street crossings and the trail is very popular amongst local residents, these are the only major drawbacks keeping me from rating this 5 stars.

Great for people who want to get out and move but don't want to trip over rocks or climb steep slopes (unless you venture off on one of the side trails).

walking
1 month ago

Went for a Post-Thanksgiving walk with the family.

Great walking and biking for everyone of all ages!

Always love this trail, esp the stretch from Cheshire to Hamden.

mountain biking
3 months ago

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

This is a great paved path for walking / biking. It's usually quite crowded but it's flat and straight and goes quick. You can even stop along the way downtown for food or ice cream.

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice scenic Trail. But it would be nice if all of the access points to the trail were added to the map.

It's nice walk but that's all no challenge at all

FYI- there is a $9 per car fee.

it's a flat, former rail line, with very nice scenery. great for running and walking

Nice flat trail, found a cool waterfall.

mountain biking
5 months ago

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.

Nice flat pathway. Good dog walking trail

Very small trail. I usually enter on the Stony Creek side near a field. the entrance is directly across the street from the library. this trail is definitely all about the views. goes over an old bridge and has a path that goes over the water overlooking the ocean. has a couple of side trails through the woods that are also pretty easy. I really like this trail a lot for the casual walk out side with tons of visual stimulation.

trail running
6 months ago

Did 5.2 miles from Pope to Rigg and back this morning between 5 and 7 am. Would have given it 5 stars but it was a bit swampy between OXC and Rigg. I was swatting bugs off of me for a while over that section of the trail.

Super easy trail but the views are spectacular

very easy

Excellent Trail for running, exercising, walking, and getting a little peace and quiet, especially for locals. I've seen deer, rabbits, squirrels, all sorts of different kinds of birds, fish in the creeks, frogs, and several other smaller types of wildlife. Come Spring and Summer and there are usually plenty of wildflowers growing too.

Great 10 mile path through the woods with a lake,river and lots of nice scenery along the way.

Amazing trail great scenery along the way it goes 10 miles well worth it.

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