STANLEY LOOP TRAIL:

NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT

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Last Updated:       December 21, 2023

Length:                 AW Stanley Park Loop Trail; 1.2 miles

                               On-road BIKE LANE connection; 0.6 miles

                               Stanley Quarter Park Loop; 

Difficulty:             Easy. Mostly flat paved trail. Some small hills at AW Stanley Park. Currently utilizes an on-road connector between parks.

Directions:     

To Start from AW Stanley Park; From I-84 take exit 37 to Fienemann Rd and head right (south). Take your first left onto Alexander Rd. This brings you to Stanley Rd. North Entrance into AW Stanley Park straight ahead. Turn right along Stanley Rd. Pass by the Central Entrance and turn left into the South Entrance. Parking lot on your right across from the pool complex.

The Stanley Loop Trail is a planned 1.6 mile paved trail connecting AW Stanley Park South to Stanley Quarter Park. AW Stanley Park has a Loop Trail around Lower Pond. Stanley Quarter Park has a Loop Trail around a pond. 

AW Stanley Park Loop Trail:

Starting from AW Stanley Park South Entrance parking lot [Northern End]; I haven't checked out this new section. From the Northeast corner of the parking lot the paved Stanley Loop Trail begins across the South Entrance road and travels North along the wood line and Bass Brook. To your left is the pool complex. You'll pass by the Central Entrance parking lot on your left and a ball field before coming to the North Entrance road. Travel right on-road (low traffic) past a playground and across a bridge over Bass Brook. I've checked out this section. Head left, North, along the paved trail past a picnic area. The trail enters the woods and turns East. You'll come to an intersection at 0.7 miles.

Note; Left leads out to Village Square Drive.

Continue right, Southwest, along a hilly, winding trail. The trail narrows briefly as you cross Bass Brook over the dam for Lower Pond. This takes you past a ball field on your left and the stone building on your right before coming to the North Entrance road. Head left back to the South Entrance parking lot after a 1.2 mile Loop.

[Re-zeroing Mileage] A paved trail travels West from the South Entrance parking lot out to Stanley Rd. 

Currently, as of Dec 2023, construction is underway to continue the trail straight past the Holmes Elementary School, then South through Lower AW Stanley Park 1.6 miles into Stanley Quarter Park. Expected completion Spring 2024.

Stanley Quarter Park Loop Trail:

Starting from Stanley Quarter Park Eddy Glover Blvd parking lot [Southern End]; Playground and basketball courts here. 

Note; If you travel East along Eddy Glover Blvd to Stanley Ave you'll come to CENTRAL CT STATE UNIVERSITY where you can explore their campus.

Cross Road B to a circle and travel left down to the Southern End of the pond. Map Board. Here a narrow paved Loop Trail travels Northeast around the pond. Fitness Circuit along this Loop. Come to an intersection at the Northern End of the pond.

Note; This paved trail travels North, past tennis courts and alongside Road A, out to Stanley Rd. Here a BIKE LANE follows Stanley Rd North and will bring you to the AW Stanley Park South Entrance parking lot after 0.7 miles.

The wider trail now Loops South back alongside the pond. Cross two wooden bridges and return to the Map Board after a 0.7 mile Loop.

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