Farmington Canal Greenway

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Farmington Canal Greenway


(203) 272-2743

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Farmington Canal Greenway The former Farmington Canal is now the Farmington Canal Linear Park in Cheshire. The original canal was used for transporting cargo barges from Mass. to New Haven from 1828 to 1848 and ran for about 60 miles. After 1848, the canal line was used for rail transport. Today, the former canal line is part of the East Coast Rails to Trails Initiative. The park is approximately 2.9 miles long in Cheshire and connects to an additional 3 miles in Hamden. Expansion continues north to Southington. The 2.9 mile Linear Park in Cheshire was dedicated May 22, 1994 and was designed to create a safe place for fitness activities along the Farmington Canal including walking, bicycling, running, in-line skating, cross country skiing and a place for people with disabilities

The Lock 12 Historical Park located on North Brooksvale road along the Linear Park. This historical park includes a restored 150 year old canal lock (one of the original Farmington Canal's locks) , a lockkeepers house , a pavilion with picnic tables out back and a museum which is open by appointment only.

Map of Farmington Canal Greenway (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.489099, -72.919178



  • Bicycling

    The Farmington Canal Greenway is a 26-mile trail running through five towns of Central Connecticut with connections to many more miles of walking and biking trails. It is paved.

  • Hiking

    The 26-mile trail is multi-use and excellent for hiking. Most of the trail is being built along abandoned rail corridors providing a green belt of native plants and trees to screen neighboring areas and enhance trail enjoyment. Along the way are historic buildings, canal locks, town paths, iron bridges, stone arches, and other artifacts that provide a rich cultural background for the trail experience.

  • Historic Sites

    Along the trail, visitors can view historic buildings, canal locks, town paths, iron bridges, stone arches, and other artifacts that provide a rich cultural background for the trail experience.

  • Picnicking

    Spend an afternoon biking, jogging, or hiking and take a break to have a nice picnic.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoe or cross country ski on the trail!

Park Partners

Farmington Valley Trails Council

In 1992, a group of concerned citizens led by Preston Reed of Farmington founded the Farmington Valley Trails Council (FVTC) to increase public support and awareness of Rails-to-Trails projects and to work with local governments to facilitate their completion. As a non-profit corporation, the Trails Council also works with towns and local groups to install signboards, benches, landscaping and other amenities on the trails.

Additional information is also available from The Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association. For more information, visit

(860) 658-4065



From Waterbury, take I-84, Exit 26 (Route 70), turn right on Mountain Road and left onto Cornwall Avenue. From Cheshire, Take Route 10 to Cornwall Ave. (just south of the junction of Routes 10, 68 and 70). Go west down Cornwall Ave. for seven-tenths of a mile. A parking lot is located on the left, just past the trailhead. From Hamden, Take Route 15 (Wilbur Cross Parkway) to exit 60 and go north on Dixwell Ave. Your first right is Connolly Parkway , opposite Hamden High School. The trail begins where it crosses under Route 15. Parking is available at the CVS/Bed, Bath & Beyond lot next to Connolly Parkway. There is a ramp from Connolly Parkway up to the trail.

From the Sherman Ave Parking Lot, Take Route 10 to Sherman AVE in Hamden, just south of the Sleeping Giant SP entrance. The parking lot is just down the road on the left.

Phone Numbers


(203) 272-2743