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Farmington River Trail

The Farmington River Trail (FRT) is a 17-mile combination of paved multi-use off-road sections and on-road sections, which connects to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail at both the northern and southern ends.
Trail Activity
Accessible Experience Walking Bicycling Cross-country skiing
Length
17.0 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Towns
Simsbury, Canton, Burlington, Farmington
Surface
Paved/Cement, Boardwalk, Gravel/Crushed Stone
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

The Farmington River Trail (FRT) is a 17 mile trail with 13 miles of multi-use off road trail and 4 miles on road.  The southern end joins the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT) at Red Oak Hill Road in Farmington and the northern end joins the FCHT at Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury. By adding a section of the FCHT, a 28-mile loop trail can be traveled. The 6 miles that mostly follow the Farmington River (designated as a National Wild and Scenic River) is considered the most scenic section. All paved surfaces are asphalt. The 1.2 miles of trail between Stratton Brook Road and Bushy Hill Road (mostly in Stratton Brook State Park) is a mix of dirt and stone dust. Food and some services are available at various towns along the route, though they might not be visible from the trail. 

Other Information

GUIDELINES FOR TRAIL USERS

Although each town through which the trail passes is responsible for regulating use of the trail within its borders, the following guidelines will help provide for the safe and enjoyable use of the trail without endangering others.

  • Ride, walk, and skate on the right of the trail and pass slowly on the left. Before passing, call out or ring a bell to announce your intent to pass. Please do not stop in the trail or ride, walk, or skate in such a way as to use the whole trail width.
  • Trail users are responsible for their own safety. Cyclists and inline skaters should always wear approved helmets and other protective equipment that could save your life. Keep your bicycle in good operating condition.
  • Please keep the trail as naturally clean as possible. Take your own trash home or place it in an approved container. Please help the town and volunteers who must clean up the trails.
  • Clean up after pets and dispose of waste in trash receptacles. Nobody likes animal litter on or near the trails. Please keep dogs closely leashed to avoid entanglement.
  • Motorized assistive devices and class 1 and 2 e-bikes are allowed. All other motorized vehicles and horses are prohibited from the trails. Special rules may apply to sections in specific towns. 
  • The trail is open year round from sunrise to sunset except where posted.

Trail Manager

Farmington Valley Trails Council
Farmington Valley Trails Council
Post Office Box 576, Tariffville, CT 06081
860-202-3928
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Keep your pets under control at all times, to protect both them and wild animals, fragile environments, and the enjoyment of other visitors.
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Trailhead Information

There are multiple parking areas are located along the Farmington River Trail. See the interactive Connecticut Trail Finder map or the Farmington Valley Trails Council website for additional information. 

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