Farmington Canal Heritage Trail FAQ

Yes, the Farmington Canal Trail paved. Continuing into Massachusetts, the Southwick Rail Trail and Columbia Greenway Rail Trail are also both paved.

The trail is not 100% uninterrupted - there are a few sections of this route where you will need to use streets. Routes for these short sections through Southington and Avon are mapped out on the interactive Farmington Canal map, using Google Maps' suggestions.
Riding speeds vary a lot, but most leisurely riders fall somewhere between 8 to 12 miles per hour. More intense riders may be more like 15 to 20 MPH.

Use the Farmington CanalTrail Timeline Tool to help estimate how long it might take you to reach specific towns along your route.
The Farmington Canal Trail, Southwick Rail Trail, and Columbia Greenway Rail Trail all allow:
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Inline skating
The trails do not allow off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, or equestrian use (horses).
No, the trails are free to use.
Yes, pets may use the trail with you - but must be on a leash no longer than 7 feet. Please pick up after your pet, and be alert for the approach of other trail users.
For the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, contact CT State Parks at / 860-424-3200.

For the Southwick Rail Trail (Massachusetts) contact the Park & Recreation Commission at 413-569-5701