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.
Farmington Canal Linear Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Cynthia Mascott, Best Rail Trails New England (Falcon Guides).
"The Farmington Canal Trail is a popular destination for people of all ages. The trail has a wide paved surface, mileage and kilometer markers, benches, solid wood bridges, and signs at road crossings indicating upcoming towns. Surface: Asphalt. Location: New Haven County."
--Cynthia Mascott, Rails To Trails: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine (The Globe Pequot Press).
"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."
--George and Rhonda Ostertag, Hiking Connecticut and Rhode Island (Falcon Guides).
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