Farmington Valley Trails Council

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail

Welcome to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail



The section of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail on Iron Horse Blvd from Drake Hill Rd to Wilcox St will be partially closed due to trail improvements starting August 3, 2020. The work will take approximately two weeks. During this time the trail will remain open, but construction equipment will be onsite working at the intersections with Jim Gallagher Rd and Wilcox St. The trail will be narrowed to allow traffic to continue through those areas, but extra caution should be taken given that the work will be ongoing. 

Please contact the Simsbury Dept of Public Works at 860-658-3222 if you have questions regarding the work being done. 


A Reminder from the Connecticut Greenways Council 
About Social Distancing 
on Trails

The Connecticut Greenways Council, a legislatively appointed advisory board working through the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, is pleased to see that many Connecticut residents have discovered the pleasures of exploring the numerous trails that crisscross state, town and land trust properties. 


Please Be Parking Lot Smart and Secure


Cars have been broken into in Trail parking lots. Please leave nothing visible in your car to tempt thieves. 


Have you ever wondered if your bike helmet fits properly?
Click here and be sure.

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.    


If you are not a member, please consider becoming one.

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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