Since childhood, my love of the outdoors has always been a part of me. And as an adult, I hope to share that passion with my own children.
So, I offered this challenge to my family, to join me in exploring the hidden treasures and more popular gems Connecticut and the surrounding region have to offer. From hiking to biking to kayaking, I hope my window into the outside world inspires you to explore as well.
FARMINGTON VALLEY GREENWAY
The heat this summer has been relentless and can take a toll on many of us heading outdoors. So, I figured taking out the bike and exploring one of the state’s shaded rail trails would be a great diversion.
A spin on the Farmington Valley Greenway is the boost I needed on this hot and sticky day.
From there, the 18-mile trek cuts through the towns of Farmington, Canton and Simsbury. But, the trail links up with another popular trail – the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail - forming a loop for those wanting to travel even longer distances.
My trip was on the shorter side as I set out from the Farmington lot in the Unionville section of town. From the start, leafy coverage of the trail offers relief for those trying to escape the heat. The cooler temps under the trees also led me to take a slower, more leisurely ride along the path.
The trail is a popular one – something you can see just by eyeing all the vehicles in the lot. Bicyclists outnumber walkers by far. But, I traveled with ease on this well-kept path.
The leg I traveled on passed through several residential, wooded, and even industrial pockets along the way – adding diversity to a landscape I came to experience.
Like so many other trail-goers who pick and choose their endpoints – I reached a spot by the steel bridge and turned back – satisfied with where my ride had taken me.
I traveled a good five miles in all. But, there is so much more to see. Next time – when things are a bit cooler - the challenge will be with its sister trail along the canal - to explore the wonders of this rich region.
Directions: Take I-84 W to Exit 39 toward Farmington/CT-4. Continue on State Hwy 508 until it turns slightly right and becomes CT-4 W. Turn left onto CT-10 S. Turn right onto Meadow Rd. Continue straight onto Red Oak Hill Rd. Turn right onto New Britain Ave. Parking is on the left.
Trail Distance: 5 miles
Trail Difficulty: Easy