Farmington Valley Trails Council

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail

Welcome to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail


Farmington Canal Line Closed 

Dixwell Overpass to Skiff Street

Hamden — Due to the recent inclement weather, the Town of Hamden Public Works & Parks Director Craig Cesare has ordered the closure of the Farmington Canal Linear Park from the Dixwell Avenue Overpass to Skiff Street until furthern notice. Tree damage, limb clearing, and flooding have attributed to this decision for the good of public safety. The Town will update this notification when conditions on the Canal Trail have improved, and the well-being of the public can be assured to reopen the Trail section.

Please direct any inquiries to the Hamden Mayor's Office at 203-287-7100  




Farmington River Trail/Stratton Brook State Park Trail Access

Closure of Crossing Walk at Simsbury High School

The CT Dept. of Transportation has closed the Farms Village Rd/Rte 309 crosswalk between Simsbury High School and the Farmington River Trail/Stratton Brook State Park linear trail. Pedestrians and bicyclists should now cross at the recently improved pedestrian signals at the intersection with Bushy Hill Rd and enter/exit the rail trail from the Bushy Hill Rd trailhead just around the corner from the pedestrian signal.


Great News!

The Plainville Town Council last night (2/20/18) voted unanimously (7-0) in favor of acceptance of the Trail Gap Closure Study and the Preferred Alignment!


Our mission is to build, maintain, beautify and connect off-road multi-use trails throughout central Connecticut communities.  


Farmington River Trail Closing - January 11, 2018-January 31, 2018

The portion of the Farmington River Trail from Rt. 179 (River Road) to Dyer Avenue will be closed starting January 11, 2018 until the end of the month. The reason for the trail closing is to allow Eversource to perform necessary tree work.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Town of Canton at (860) 693-7863. 



The trail is a linear park or greenway that begins in New Haven and wends its way 54 miles north to the Massachusetts border and beyond. It is championed by two groups: the Farmington Valley Trails Council, based in the Farmington Valley, and the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association, based in Hamden. This website represents both groups. Generally, the FVTC advocates for the northern half, and FCRTTA for the southern section in the state. The gaps in the trail have shrunk to the point that the trail is truly a single entity and so it seems fitting to merge our websites as our groups increasingly work together.    


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The Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association and the Farmington Valley Trails Council. Inc. are CT 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporations advocating for multi-use "rails-to-trails" in central Connecticut.  We work tirelessly to "close the gaps" in the 85-mile Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, the 26-mile Farmington River Trail, and the designated CT East Coast Greenway system.  We help area towns fund trail construction, enhancements and ongoing maintenance.  We also provide educational materials, 20,000 folding maps a year, and events that promote safety and proper etiquette on the trail system.    We are only as strong as our members and volunteers...please get in touch and join us out on the trails!







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