National Trails Day Ride

Event Date

Sat, Jun 6, 2015


Simsbury, CT

About This Activity

In conjunction with National Trails Day The Farmington Valley Trails Council will hold its bicycle ride on Saturday, June 6th. The event helps to promote public awareness of the rails-to-trails initiative in the Farmington Valley, attracting new and existing fans of the multi-use trail system. The northern part of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail now has 28 continuously paved miles from southern Farmington through Westfield, MA. The Farmington River Trail is complete from southern Farmington to Route 44 in Canton and has 10.2 miles of paved trail.  

Event details and schedule

All events will start and finish at the Iron Horse Boulevard and Jim Gallagher Way parking lot in the left of Simsbury, CT. This family-oriented event is designed for trail users of all abilities, and is fully supported until 2:00 pm.

The signature events are:

  • Family Walk – up to 5 mi (10:00 am)
  • Family Ride - 10-mile tour (10:30 am)
  • Fun Ride - 21-mile tour (9:30 am)
  • Club Ride - 44-mile tour (8:30 am)

Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to register and get ready. All tours utilize the trail system and allow participants to enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the Farmington Valley, with the longer tours going all the way to Massachusetts.  Light snacks (energy bars, fruit, and drinks) will be provided at the start. There are several rest stops along the way.  All entrance fees go directly to construction, beautification and maintenance of the trails and may be tax deductible.

Registration fee: Adults  $20        Kids <12 Free              Rain date is June 7.

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Trails Council President Bruce Donald noted, “We are proud every year to show off the finest trail system in New England and let both veteran users and brand new participants know how much we love it. I am still surprised that there are people in our area that have not been on the trails and this is a great way to introduce yourselves to the best amenity Connecticut has to offer.”      

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