Farmington Valley Trails Council

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail

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Welcome to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Rails to Trails Closing-9/5/18


Eversource will be replacing two utility poles located in Collinsville adjacent to the Farmington River canal and walking trail. This work will require the closing of the walking trail between the Burlington side of the river crossing and the Collinsville terminus parking area.  Additionally, there will be an interruption of electric service to all the customers fed off Pole #8812 near 105 Canal Street, Collinsville. 

The planned date and time of the work is as follows:

Wednesday, 9/5/18 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Rain date: Thursday, 9/6/18 between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM

Please call the Department of Public Works at (860) 693-7863 if you have any questions. 

Have you ever wondered if your bike helmet fits properly?
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Trail Behind Avon Town Hall has Re-opened

The new parking lot bypass is available for your riding and walking pleasure.


Be a Safe Trail User

Trail users have reported encounters with coyotes, bears and other wildlife on the trail.  Following the rules of the trail, including keeping your pet leashed and close to your person, will help you avoid unwelcome attention from wild animals, whose presence in our midst we respect, at a distance.

Click on each animal's name for information specifically relating to coyotes and black bears. 



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


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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