Farmington Valley Trails Council

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail

Welcome to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Connecticut!


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


Simsbury Greenway Bike Path Repairs on April 22nd

Beginning Saturday, April 22nd the Simsbury Public Works Department will be working along the Simsbury Greenway (Bike Path) from Iron Horse Boulevard north to Wolcott Road.  The Department will be repairing areas of the trail in preparation for new pavement.  In addition to this upcoming Saturday, the repair work will also be conducted on Saturday April 22nd and potentially Saturday May 5th.      

During this time, the trail will remain open to the public.  While traveling on the trail, we ask that you keep a safe distance from crews working along with their equipment.  Runners and bicyclists should be aware that there will be areas of the trail with uneven pavement.  Questions regarding this work should be directed to the Public Works Department at (860) 658-3222.   



Thanks to all who participated in the Trail-wide Cleanup!

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and the Farmington River Trail are litter-free from New Haven to the Massachusetts border.




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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