SOUTH MEADOWS GREENWAY:
EAST HARTFORD-GLASTONBURY, CONNECTICUT
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Last Updated: June 23, 2019
Length: South Meadows Greenway; 1.7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate. Mostly flat hard packed dirt, grass and sand. Partly paved. Mt bike recommended.
To Start from Goodwin Colleges parking pavilion; From I-84 take exit 55 to Route 2 south. Take exit 5A to High St and turn right. Travel 0.3 miles and turn right on South Meadows Lane. If the gate is open it will bring you to the parking pavilion next to the Connecticut River. If the gate is closed park in the spots at the start of South Meadows Lane and follow the gravel road 0.3 miles down to the pavilion and start of the trail.
The South Meadows Greenway follows the eastern bank of the Connecticut River from East Hartford, through a slice of Wethersfield, to Glastonbury. Currently the trail begins at Goodwin College's Field Lab in the South Meadows and travels south to the Putnam Bridge in Glastonbury. Plans are in the works to extend the trail north to Goodwin College's existing campus paths.
Starting from Goodwin Colleges parking pavilion; Map board and Porto-Potty located here. Caution trail floods during the Spring.
Note; Heading North (Right) the paved trail only travels 0.1 miles before ending. Plans are for the trail to be extended north to Goodwin College's existing campus paths in 2019.
Heading South (Left) the paved Yellow Trail follows the Connecticut River south. Informational signs along the trail. The paved trail ends after only 0.2 miles. The hard packed dirt and grass trail continues winding its way south through the woods (I believe future plans call for adding stone-dust along this section). Come to the Blue Trail intersection after 0.4 miles. Continue straight along the Yellow Trail and you'll soon cross the Wethersfield town line. Some benches overlook Keeney Cove. Quickly cross the Glastonbury town line where the trail gets a bit sandy and rutty. Avoid after heavy rains. Cross a bridge at 1.5 miles and come to another map board and benches. Straight a gravel road leads towards the Putnam Bridge (Route 3). Future plans call for connecting to the Putnam Bridge Path which will take you across the Connecticut River to Wethersfield. This in turn will connect to the Heritage-Way Bike Path in the future.
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