Hop River State Park Trail (multi-town overview)

As the railroad that once connected Hartford to Manchester, Vernon, Bolton, Andover and Willimantic became abandoned, weedy growth took over from lack of use. And as with so many rail lines, the war efforts demanded the steel of the rails and they were removed for scrap value. Fortunately for today’s trail users the rail beds…

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Hop River State Park Trail – (4) Hop River Rd. to Parker Bridge Rd.

This 1.4 mile section of the Hope River State Park Trail in Coventry and Andover is part of a former railroad line that winds 20.2 miles through the towns of Manchester, Vernon, Bolton, Coventry, Andover, and Columbia.  Like a pathway through time, this serpentine path passes among modern subdivisions and crosses roads, but mostly takes the…

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Hop River State Park Trail – (3) Kings Road to Hop River Road

This 2.5 mile section of the Hop River State Park Trail in Columbia and Coventry is part of a former railroad line that winds 20.2 miles through the towns of Manchester, Vernon, Bolton, Coventry, Andover, and Columbia.  Like a pathway through time, this serpentine path passes among modern subdivisions and crosses roads, but mostly takes the…

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Hop River Trail – (1) Columbia Ave. to Hop River Trailhead

This 0.5 mile section of trail is part of a former railroad line that winds 20.2 miles through the towns of Manchester, Vernon, Bolton, Coventry, Andover, and Columbia.  Like a pathway through time, this serpentine path passes among modern subdivisions and crosses roads, but mostly takes the trail user along a remote, quiet and long…

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Voluntown Elementary School

A hill adjacent to the school makes for fun sledding for smaller kids when school is cancelled or on winter weekends when no other events are taking place at the school. Parking available. Be safe and respectful of this public property. No fee.

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Air Line State Park Trail (6-Thompson Rd. to Riverside Dr.)

This  0.7  mile long rail trail segment is great for hiking, biking, pets on a leash, horseback riding and cross country skiing. This part of the Air Line Trail is level packed stone dust. This trail section is significantly elevated above the terrain in the area. You will pass beautiful open fields and a large swamp…

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Air Line State Park Trail (5-Sunset Hill Rd. to Thompson Rd.)

This 2.3 mile long rail trail segment is great for hiking, biking, pets on a leash, horseback riding and cross country skiing. This part of the Air Line Trail is level packed stone dust. This is another one of the longer portions of the Air Line Trail through Thompson without a road crossing. Through this section…

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Air Line State Park Trail (4-Lowell Davis Rd. to Sunset Hill Rd.)

This 0.7 mile long rail trail segment is great for hiking, biking, pets on a leash, horseback riding and cross country skiing. Along most portions of the Air Line Trail through Thompson you will see stone walls that run along both sides and parallel the trail. This section highlights the difficulty of constructing these precisely-built…

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