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“Nice ride” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Farmington River Trail

Farmington River Trail
CT
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Woodstock, Connecticut
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Nice ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We rode the Farmington River Trail yesterday and were pleasantly surprised. The scenery was beautiful along the river and the trail conditions were pretty good. There were a fair amount of cracks and bumps caused either by frost or by tree roots which mad the ride a bit rough. But, overall it's a great place to ride, walk, run. Along the way we ran into the Crown and Hammer Pub and stopped in for a bowl of chili and salad. That was a very pleasant respite where we re-fueled before completing our ride. We look forward to returning riding some more. I hope that the paving will continue and the trail will continue to expand.

Visited November 2012
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Oakdale, CT
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“Great Saturday Ride!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

Great rail-trail. The path is paved and a very easy ride (fairly flat)! Views of the river alongside the trail were peaceful. There were some road crossings, but not bad, and the cars all stopped with courtesy. We started in Farmington and biked up to Collinsville where we stopped for lunch, and then biked back. I would come back to finish the rest of the trial though for a nice ride. The trail was a bit crowded in the early-afternoon, but everyone seemed to respect one another in moving aside and allowing others to pass. There is one stretch of the trail that is on a residential road, but the road was not travelled much (no cars when I was on it). Overall a good trail! Very similar to the trail in Avon/Simsbury.

Visited July 2012
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Bethesda, Maryland
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“Great rails to trail!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

I rode the portion from Avon to the CT/MA line and back on a beautiful mid 70's day in June. The trail is very well maintained. The only downside are the number of road crossings. Other than that it's a nice ride.

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Harwinton, Connecticut
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“Sunday Morning Outdoors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

On a Sunday morning in spring, summer or fall, one of our favorite things to do is drive over to Collinsville, CT, park in the lot near the old axe factory (in recent years, a multi-dealer antiques center) and walk the Farmington River Trail from there to the Burlington Brook footbridge and back again (about four miles round trip, I think.) As a previous reviewer noted, there's a main road running parallel to most of this section of the 16-mile trail, but there's a barrier of trees between them and neither my wife nor I have ever been bothered by the traffic noise. We're more focused on the views (and sound) of the Farmington River on the other side; the fishermen in waders standing in the middle of it; the color of the leaves; and other walkers, runners or bikers we encounter along the way. This trail along an abandoned railroad bed is wide and very well-maintained through this stretch. Once we've made it back to Collinsville, there's the option of breakfast (or at least an iced coffee) indoors or outside at the LaSalle Market and the essential stop for fresh produce at the Collinsville Farmers Market (Sundays only, 10am-1pm, mid-June through mid-October). Both the trail and the Farmers Market are dog-friendly; if you are too, you can bring your own or pet someone else's. We always find this the perfect way to start a Sunday. Although this particular Collinsville to Burlington segment of the trail is the one we've used most often, we've occasionally parked at the lot near the Burlington Brook footbridge and walked toward Farmington; there are some nice spots to go off-trail here, wade in the river, or have a picnic on a rock overlooking the water.

Visited September 2011
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“Great Town. Okay Trail.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

We picked up the trail head in Collinsville. The town itself is awesome. An old factory town with interesting shops and restaurants. We were there on a Sunday when the farmers market was in full swing. A band was playing and the town was hopping. The first section of the trail going South is beautiful. You cross a wooden bridge with great views. After that you pass through a neat neighborhood and then on the trail itself. The trail is shaded. River runs on the left and is nice. There were quite a few walkers, boaters and fishermen/women crossing the frail. Beware. You need to go slow. The trail does run alongside a busy road. It's not dangerous, just noisy. With this in mind I don't think we'll do this leg of the trail much. We'll try the Northern route next time. However, if you're a City person who wants a balance between nature and civilization you might like it a lot.

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