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Flat. Not moderate. Nice if you have kids.

Nice for a day ride! It is now longer than what is listed here.

Love this trail!

hiking
1 month ago

More of a walk than a hike, but beautiful ocean view and great for viewing wetlands wildlife and habitat. Finishing back in Stony Creek is perfect if your looking for a great spot to have breakfast or a snack in a quaint village overlooking the Thimble Islands

trail running
2 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.

We walked, but we'll be back with bikes soon, and snowshoes later.

walking
3 months ago

Easy for all skill levels. not wheelchair accessible. Dogs must be on leash, there are several streets close by and residential areas with dogs.

Nice easy walk with awesome views of the shoreline and plenty of birds and dogs!

As I walked the blue and blue/red marked trails, the day was cool, but good for a spring day. my first time here since the 70s, since my family and work kept me away from the area. But I very much enjoyed this day of 7.5 miles. My daily hikes are between 5 and 10 miles per day, as I rebuild myself after serious surgery two years ago. I very much had a good few hours here.

Unfortunately if you come the day after it rains, the drainage is a bit poor so within 1/4 if a mile in, the gravel trail is completely impassable due to deep mud the entire width of the trail. Otherwise it’s a really pretty trail and the birds were chirping. I hope to come back when it’s drier.

walk this trail often. love it.

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.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this trail in all 4 seasons and offers something for everyone who loves to be out on the trail.

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
8 months ago

Went for a Post-Thanksgiving walk with the family.

9 months ago

Great walking and biking for everyone of all ages!

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

mountain biking
10 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
11 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

11 months ago

FYI- there is a $9 per car fee.

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

hiking
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.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nice flat pathway. Good dog walking trail

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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
Sunday, June 25, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Super easy trail but the views are spectacular

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