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.