Farmington Canal Linear Trail

Hamden, Connecticut
Elevation Gain172ft
Trailhead Elevation114ft
Elevation Min/Max109/150ft
Elevation Start/End114/114ft

Farmington Canal Linear Trail

Farmington Canal Linear Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Hamden, Connecticut. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 114 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 172 feet. The Farmington Canal Linear Trail Parking is near the trailhead. The Lock 12 Historic Park wood can be seen along the trail. There are also a bicycle parking, drinking water, and parking along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Farmington Canal Heritage Trail.
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Chestnut Ridge, NY
Adventurer | 391 pts
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This is more of a walking trail than a hike. It's popular with walkers/joggers and bicyclists. It's pretty and a nice place to walk your dog. It's nice and shady in the summer and definitely pretty in the fall when the leaves change color. I wouldn't say it's an exciting trail for experienced hikers but it's great for taking a leisurely walk or for riding your bike.
Bristol, CT
Pathfinder | 90 pts
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Busy area, nice long leisurely ride. Well maintained, flat trail with some decent scenery. Will definitely return to this trail again and again.

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Cynthia Mascott
"The Farmington Canal Trail is a work in progress. When completed the trail will extend for 84 miles, from New Haven, Connecticut, to Northampton, Massachusetts. The sections already opened are in varying stages of development."
"This canal trail unites a story of early industry and transportation with an unfolding tale of natural beauty. Woods and swamps and the critters of each complement travel on this wide, paved linear route. Historic locks, remnant aqueducts, and a lockkeeper’s house harken to the bygone era. Interpretive signs bring the past to life. The trail is ideal for shared family outings, sports training, and pure enjoyment."

Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Additional Use
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, State Parks, (860) 424-3200 or (866) 287-2757 (toll-free in CT); The Farmington Canal Rail-toTrail Association, 940 Whitney Ave., Hamden 06517; Farmington Valley Trails Council, PO Box 576, Tariffville 06081; (860) 202-3928;
Local Contacts
Canal trail map (available online from the Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association,
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