Awesome ride! However, the eastern end of the trail is a different story. ", "The run from West St., Vernon to colonial Dr., Manchester is a nice run of about 12 miles round trip. View bonnie's Recording. We had two cars, and wanted to ride one way so we left one car behind the First Congregational Church 359 US 6, Andover, CT. Ideal for point A-B trail runs. River Valley/Greater Hartford > Explore CT Trails: Beer Trail > Chocolate Trail > Chowda Trail > Pizza Trail > Signature Cocktail Trail > Wine Trail > Takeout and Delivery Restaurants in Connecticut. I did 13 and a half miles or 27 miles round trip. The trail, however, is still unimproved past the rocks heading towards Bailey Road. This gives you a great 5 mile return with a slight downhill grade. We parked by the pet store mentioned in a previous review and biked to just passed the covered bridge, maybe 6 miles out? Just be careful with new riders since there are a few steep drop-offs on the sides of the trail.Have fun! October 17, 2020. Lookout via White and Shenipsit Trail Loop, Porter Reservoir Dam and White Blaze Loop, Risley Pond Yellow, White, and Blue Blazes Trail, Talcott Ravine, Northern Connecticut Land Trust, http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=445284&deepNav_GID=1650#BoltonNotch, http://www.ctvisit.com/listings/bolton-notch-state-park#sthash.mkdnjxlL.dpuf, Manchester Land Conservation Trust Property, Porter/Howard Reservoir Passive Recreation Area. Out of Vernon there was a lot of traffic for the first few miles and then very little once you got to Bolton. Head southeast (left if you took I-84 E and right if you took I-84 W) on CT 30 N. In 0.2 mile (0.4 mile if you took I-84 W), turn right onto Parker St. The last seven miles back to Manchester is almost entirely downhill. I started at church st. today and road almost to Willimantic with only one detoure. Continue on to the right of the white delivery truck, as usual, to carry on. Once it took us into the Talcottville section of Vernon, things got a bit more interesting. Hop River State Park Trail is a 33.2 kilometer heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Manchester, Connecticut that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. At-Home Beer, Wine, Spirits & More: Connecticut Libations. Turn right into the museum driveway, and left to resume the trail. The route continues along the river to its end at Columbia Avenue in Willimantic. Hop River State Park Trail Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Manchester and Vernon. My favorite section was the Vernon portion of the trail which featured several remnants of the old railroad as well as historical plaques with interesting facts about the railroad. It wasn't very busy when I rode but I can see that these gates would cause congestion on a busy day. Bolton Notch State Park to Parker Bridge Road, 8.5 Miles Bolton, Coventry, & Andover, May 2020. Three tunnels and a covered bridge complete the trail’s picturesque backdrop.Following the former Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad, the rail-trail feels like it’s transporting visitors to the days when rail was the predominant mode of transportation. From this directon running west it is a slight down hill grade. of Energy and Environmental Protection. Other than the uphill grade for 5 miles it was a very pleasant ride. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. 6 today and was disappointed to see that the bridge abutments are finished but in two years they have not built the bridge. Get a FREE Rail Trails Guidebook when you become a Member with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The first 5 miles were a definite uphill grade, around mile 6 it became a downhill grade all the way to Manchester. Talcottville is a historic area that was an area of town dominated by mills. Stumbled across this elevated gem, when waiting for cars to pass through the tunnel, on Tunnel Road, in Vernon. A little muddy but didn’t stop anyone. There are some really cool tunnels (cool, temperature-wise) to pass under too. Even better, turn around at the Hop River wooden bridge at 16.4 miles. Beginning of trail is rough but that ends quickly . Hop River State Park Trail . Crushed stone trail good to ride on. To reach the Church Street trailhead from I-84 east, take Exit 65 and follow signs to State Route 30 north. Total distance between the two locations approximately 12 miles. The telegraph poles from days gone by still jut out of the hillside, and a few miles into the trail from the western side, you can see a turnabout that was used to reverse the direction of the train.After beginning your ride in Manchester, you’ll have the opportunity to connect to another trail in 2.6 miles. I also like the width of the trail. I did this trail today July 20th, it was going to be a very hot day so I got an early strat. It was a beautiful spring day. 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