Farmington Valley Trails Council

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail & Farmington River Trail

  • Run, Walk, Bike, Explore

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

  • Are You Wearing a Helmet?

    Did you know? Helmets are required by law for children on skates and scooters too!

  • Social Distancing on Trails

    Social Distancing on Trails We urge all trail users to follow these social distancing guidelines. More >

  • Our Online Store

    Check out our New Cycling Jersey, Mask,FVTC Logo Hoodie and more. More >

  • Be a Safe Trail User

    Trail users have reported encounters with coyotes, bears and other wildlife on the trail.

  • Are you a Member?

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

Welcome to the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail


Trail Closure Notice
 
The Farmington River Trail in Stratton Brook State Park between Stratton Brook Road and Stratton Brook Park will be closed to the public from Monday, April 26th to Friday, June 4th. This section of trail will, however, be open on weekends and on Memorial Day.
 
This closure is required to allow for the contractor working on the Aquarion
Water Company Simsbury Centralized Water Treatment Project to install a new electrical and telecommunication duct bank adjacent to their access road to the treatment plant.
 
There will also be other periodic closures of the trail during 2021 in order to complete other aspects of the project.
 
For more information, call Aquarion Water Company: 203-337-5906.
 
 
Dear Trail Friends:
 
This is a reminder that it is time to renew your 2021 Farmington Valley Trails Council membership. Membership is based on the calendar year and your annual support helps us maintain and improve your trail. Last year over 250 individuals and families supported our trails.

Having money in the bank matters and therefore your membership dues matter.

In past years, your dues have funded the installation and maintenance of benches, kiosks, safe road crossings advocacy, eight bicycle repair stations, signage and six counters monitoring trail usage. Trail usage data is available on https://
cttrailcensus.uconn.edu.

Your dues also allow us to keep you informed via this website
 and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FVTrailsCouncil/. It allows us to print the maps you see in the kiosks and the two-sided folding map that is available on the website and in many bike shops and town halls or libraries.

We are working with other trail support organizations to expand the unified trail information, user navigation and safety comprising the total trail from New Haven, CT to Northampton, MA. This will include more navigation and safety signage. The name of the unified trail will be New Haven & Northampton Canal Greenway and the website is 
https://nhncg.org/.

Thank you again for your membership donation, which can be made on-line or by U.S. mail. Both methods are available at 
https://fchtrail.org/pages/join_us.asp. The FVTC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. In accordance with IRS regulations, we acknowledge that you have received no goods or services for your membership making it fully tax deductible.

As always, please contact us with any questions or suggestions and/or attend a Board meeting on the second Monday night of each month on Zoom and in the Avon Library when in-person meetings are deemed safe again. 
 
Please present your FVTC membership card at any of our Bike Shop Partners to receive a discount.
 
Thank you.
 
 
 
 

Are You Wearing a Helmet?

 

Did you know? Helmets are required by law for children on skates and scooters too!


“Conor’s Law" was passed in 2018, requiring children under 16 to wear a helmet when skateboarding, scootering, roller skating and in-line skating. The new statute adds on to the existing law requiring that children under age 16 wear protective headgear when riding a bicycle on a public road or in a park.

 

This law was championed by Ledyard mother Holly Irwin in memory of her son Conor, an accomplished student-athlete who died at the age of 14 following an accidental fall from his skateboard in 2016.


This law is important because it reminds us all that a crash can be just as devastating from skates as it is from a bicycle. Everyone should wear a helmet, but especially our most vulnerable, our children. Make sure your child has a helmet, and be a good example by wearing one yourself. The smart thing to do is always protect your head with a helmet, no matter your age or which wheels you're rockin'!

 


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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