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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West Thompson Lake

Bass fishermen love this 200-acre lake created by impounding the Quinebaug River. The seasonal campground offers some sites with water and electricity. The 18-hole disc golf course is very popular. Hiking trails, boating, canoeing, restrooms with showers, and group picnic shelters are included in the amenities. Interpretive programs. Snowmobile use is permitted in winter.

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Red Cedar Lake – Mooween State Park

If you get tired of ice fishing or skating this 577-acre park was a former boys camp and you’ll find chimneys, stairs & other camp relics returning to nature, as well remains of the 300 year old Granny Austin Tavern. .

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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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