Saturday while I was at the CT Bike/Walk Summit, I had the privilege of meeting the President of the Farmington Valley Trails Council Bruce Donald. I love riding and walking on the trail system created from the abandon rail corridor through the Farmington Valley, as well as other parts of Connecticut and the East Coast Greenway. Bruce shared with me their progress on the completion of these trails.
There are two paved trail systems that pass through the Farmington Valley. The first is the Farmington Valley River Trail. Currently it starts on Red Oak Hill Road and New Britain Road in Farmington and the paving ends on Route 4 in Farmington and resumes in Collinsville where the trail ends. I was thrilled to hear that by the end of next summer the trail should be paved not only all the way to Collinsville, but all the way to parking lot of the Shoppes of Farmington Valley on Route 44 in Canton.
The second trail, the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway, covers approximately 84 miles from New Haven, CT to Northampton, MA. Unfortunately, there is still a 9.1 gap in this trail. Part of the problem, rail still uses that part of the corridor. FVTC plans on purchasing land in Farmington and Plainville to fill in around 4 miles of this gap by next summer, then start work the the design of the trail.
These trails are real Connecticut gems. They are a great place to see wild life as well. I have had to stop to allow bear, deer, turkeys, quail, and even a few a slow moving turtles cross the trail. I have even seen blue heron and a bald eagle perched in the trees near the river. Needless to say I am very thankful to the FVTC for all of their efforts.
I would love to hear if you have riden any portions of the East Coast Greenway, or and other rail trails. I am always looking for a good ride.