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Old 06-07-24, 10:24 AM
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Farmington Canal Trail ride report

I rode from New Haven to Northhampton MA and back earlier this week. Havenít seen a lot of posts on this route here so figured I would put this out there.

Was a very pleasant ride on the totally paved canal trail with just a couple sections of street riding required, maybe 15 miles total? Not sure I took the best route to/from the end of the Farmington trail to the ManHan rail trail that runs into Northhampton but it was easy enough. I used a combination of google bike mapping and intuition.

Itís mostly a flat ride except for the road section in MA and itís 80 miles each way. The trails are pretty well maintained although you do hit some annoying lumpy sections. There are quite a few street crossings but they get less frequent as you go north.

I did see a bear on the path in Farmington which was a little freaky for me as a city person but the bear seemed startled to see me and then just ambled away into someoneís backyard.

I parked my car in a garage in New Haven near the start of the bike path, was $36 for a day and a half. Northhampton is a fun little town with a bunch of restaurants, bars and shops, so makes for a good place to spend a night. Also, Congamond Coffee right off the trail in Southwick is a great spot for coffee and a bite to eat.
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Originally Posted by Stretch44
I rode from New Haven to Northhampton MA and back earlier this week. Havenít seen a lot of posts on this route here so figured I would put this out there.

Was a very pleasant ride on the totally paved canal trail with just a couple sections of street riding required, maybe 15 miles total? Not sure I took the best route to/from the end of the Farmington trail to the ManHan rail trail that runs into Northhampton but it was easy enough. I used a combination of google bike mapping and intuition.

Itís mostly a flat ride except for the road section in MA and itís 80 miles each way. The trails are pretty well maintained although you do hit some annoying lumpy sections. There are quite a few street crossings but they get less frequent as you go north.

I did see a bear on the path in Farmington which was a little freaky for me as a city person but the bear seemed startled to see me and then just ambled away into someoneís backyard.

I parked my car in a garage in New Haven near the start of the bike path, was $36 for a day and a half. Northhampton is a fun little town with a bunch of restaurants, bars and shops, so makes for a good place to spend a night. Also, Congamond Coffee right off the trail in Southwick is a great spot for coffee and a bite to eat.
Sounds like a nice adventure! Any video at all? I once rode from Cornwall Ave, heading south towards New Haven. Very nice (and shaded)
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Here are a couple videos:

https://vimeo.com/959897359?share=copy

https://vimeo.com/959897040?share=copy

the one with the bear is in Farmington I think, the other one is maybe Hamden or thereabouts.
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