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Rails to Trails: Southington, CT

Rails to Trails was a movement that began in the 1960’s to turn abandoned railways into walking trails.  Currently there are 21,000 miles of rail trails in the United States.  I’m lucky enough to live five minutes away from the gorgeous Southington/Plantsville portion of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail that goes right through the downtown portion of town connecting homes, restaurants, the YMCA, dog parks, and more.

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The trail has been a great place to meet people and navigate town with beautiful scenery around you.  One of my ideal afternoons once involved grabbing a pumpkin beer at The Hop Haus then browsing antique stores along the trail on my way to Southington’s Annual Apple Harvest in downtown.  I don’t think you can get more New England than that.  You should try it sometime.  Apple fritters.

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  • Reply Jen B

    Our town recently put in a rail trail too. I don’t walk it as much as I’d like to but I’ve enjoyed it. Right outside of our town (attached to our trail), there is a “swamp walk” that is a wooden trail through some wetlands. We also pass by a few historical houses, our town’s baseball field, the high school, etc. In the next town over, there are some quarries it goes through and a few nice playgrounds. I love the painted buildings. We don’t have any of those. Newtown 🙁 I’m a teacher. Sad, sad day. Beautiful memorial.

    September 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm
    • Reply kate.maccio@gmail.com

      The swamp walk sounds really cool! I like that the town has made the most of what they have painting the buildings, etc. Eventually this small portion will be a part of a trail all the way from the shore of Connecticut into Mass. which will be a fantastic way to connect people.

      Thank you for being a teacher!

      September 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm
      • Reply Jen B

        🙂 Thanks. I read a sign on our rail trail that said eventually they would like to connect from Maine all the way to Fl. That would be so cool.

        September 19, 2015 at 5:23 pm

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