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Hartford Riverwalk

3.4 mile paved riverfront trail linking Riverside Park and Charter Oak Landing with connections to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and the East Hartford Riverwalk and Great River Park.
Trail Activity
Accessible Experience Walking Bicycling Paddling
Length
3.4 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Hartford
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

Connect with the Connecticut River on Hartford's beautiful paved and lighted Riverwalk extending from Hartford's Riverside Park to Charter Oak Landing. This 3.4 mile roundtrip accessible path is suitable for walking, running, biking, mobility devices and strollers.  Parking is available at both the northern end of the Riverwalk in Riverside Park and southern end at Charter Oak Landing. The trail can also be accessed via Mortenson Riverfront Plaza and from Great River Park via the Founders Bridge Promenade. The mostly flat Hartford Riverwalk runs along the west banks of the Connecticut River. The 8 to 12 foot wide path takes you beneath the Bulkeley and Founders Bridges and features spectacular views of the city skyline, Colt Dome, wildlife, and public art. There is plenty of room for picnicking. Fishing with a permit is allowed from the riverbank.

The northern end of the Riverwalk starts in historic Riverside Park. Just north of downtown, this Victorian-era park is home to the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boathouse, Riverfront Recapture's community rowing program, the Riverfront Adventure Challenge Course, and miles of unpaved trails through floodplain forest north of the park. Park amenities include a boat launch, picnic tables and charcoal grills, sand volleyball court, cricket and football fields, playground, fishing access, sculpture installations, drinking fountain, port-o-lets, charcoal grills (these are the only grills allowed to be used in the parks – no personal grills are allowed), and bike racks.

The southern end of the Riverwalk starts at Charter Oak Landing. Just south of Downtown Hartford, this park is home to a pair of nesting eagles, and features an excursion boat dock and public boat launch, along with access to the Charter Oak Bridge pedestrian walkway, linking to Great River Park.  Park amenities include boat launch, fishing access, playground, picnic tables, port-o-lets, charcoal grills (these are the only grills allowed to be used in the parks – no personal grills are allowed), and bike racks.

Along the Riverwalk, connect with Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.  Accessible via stairs and an elevator that runs May 1 thru October 30, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is the centerpiece of the Riverfront Recapture park system with a stage at the river’s edge and seating for 2,500 people on a grassy terrace. The Founders Bridge promenade connects Hartford with East Hartford, linking directly to Great River Park. Park amenities include performance facilities, public boat cruises, fishing access, public art, drinking fountain, port-o-lets, charcoal grills (these are the only grills allowed to be used in the parks – no personal grills are allowed), and bike racks.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Riverfront Recapture website or contact:

Riverfront Recapture

Riverfront Recapture
50 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-3131
connect@riverfront.org
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Trailhead Information

If you are starting at Riverside Park:

Riverside is served by CTtransit (Route 38).

Driving from points north: Take I-91 South. Take Jennings Road exit (Exit 33). Turn left onto Jennings Road, then take the next right onto Leibert Road. Turn left into Riverside Park.

Driving from points south: Take I-91 North. Take Jennings Road exit (Exit 33). Turn right onto Jennings Road, then take the next right onto Leibert Road. Turn left into Riverside Park.
Driving from points East and West: Take I-84 to exit 51, merging onto I-91 North. Follow directions for I-91 North.

Parking is available in the Riverside Park parking lots.

If you are starting at Charter Oak Landing:

Charter Oak Landing is served by CTtransit (Route 59).

Driving from points north: Take I-91 South to Airport Road exit (Exit 27). Turn left onto Airport Road, left onto Brainard Road, and then left onto Reserve Road. Park entrance is on right.

Driving from points south: Take I-91 North to Brainard Road exit (Exit 27). Turn left onto Brainard Road, then left onto Reserve Road. Park entrance is on right.

Driving from points east: Take I-84 to Hartford, then Charter Oak Bridge exit (Exit 57). Continue on US-5/CT-15 South to Brainard Road exit (Exit 87). Turn left onto Brainard Road, then left onto Reserve Road. Park entrance is on right.

Driving from points west: Take I-84 East. Take exit 52 to merge onto I-91 South. Take Airport Road exit (Exit 27). Turn left onto Brainard Road, then left onto Reserve Road. Park entrance is on right.

 

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