TROUT BROOK TRAIL:

WEST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

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Last Updated:        January 18, 2024

Length:                  Trout Brook Trail; 3.7 miles

Difficulty:              Easy. Flat, paved trail.

Directions:

From I-84 take exit 41 to S main St and travel south. Take your first left on New Britain Ave. 

To start from Beachland Park parking lot for the Southern Section; Turn left when you come to Quaker Lane. Park entrance will be on your left.

To start from the Fastrak Elmwood Station parking lot for the Southern End; Continue along New Britain Ave to New Park Ave and turn left. The Fastrak Elmwood Station parking lot is on your right. 

To start from the Norfeldt Field parking lot for the Northern Section; From I-84 take exit 43 to Park Rd. Turn right, then left on Trout Brook Drive. Take your next left on Boulevard. Turn left into the Norfeldt Field parking lot.

The Trout Brook Trail, which parallels Trout Brook, starts from the Elmwood section of W Hartford, near the Fastrak Elmwood Station and travels North to Asylum Ave. A gap currently exists between the Northern and Southern Sections. For more information check out TROUT BROOK .

SOUTHERN SECTION:

Starting from New Park Ave; 

Note; There is no parking area here, however, limited parking is available at the Fastrak Elmwood Station just South down New Park Ave.

The paved Trout Brook Trail travels Northwest along a berm with wood fencing above the Western Side of Trout Brook on your right. You'll pass by a spur trail on your left at 0.2 miles that leads to the Elmwood Community Center. A pavilion is located there. Come to Quaker Lane

Note; If you cross over Quaker Lane you'll come to the entrance for Beachland Park. Enter the park and you'll come to a parking lot. If you continue into the park and turn right, North, a short section of road leads to a narrow paved trail that follows the Western Side of Trout Brook. This trail brings you out to Manchester Circle after 0.3 miles

Note; If you cross over Quaker Lane you'll come to the entrance for Beachland Park. Enter the park and you'll come to a parking lot. Continue straight, Northwest, along the entrance road past a small pond to a 2nd parking lot. Pass through the parking lot to a narrow paved trail. Pool, playground and Dog Park. The trail turns South passing between a ball field & sports court. The trail splits briefly before bringing you West out to Mayflower St after 0.4 miles.

From Quaker Lane turn right, North, crossing over Trout Brook and you'll come to a cross-light that takes you over to Trout Brook Drive at 0.5 miles. The trail continues North between the Eastern Side of Trout Brook and Trout Brook Drive. Only glimpses of Trout Brook. Just past the on/off ramp for I-84 the paved trail ends after 1 mile across from Jackson Ave.

Note; A gap from Jackson Ave 0.8 miles North to Park Rd, as of  2023. Construction slated for 2024. To reach the Northern Section continues on-road along Trout Brook Drive (narrow shoulder). Not recommended for kids on bikes. When you reach Park Rd at 1.8 miles, two cross-lights will take you over to the start of the Northern Section.

NORTHERN SECTION:

Continuing from from Park Road [Continuing Mileage];  

Note; A pedestrian bridge on your left, West, crosses Trout Brook to a sidewalk leading to Raymond Rd. Be sure to check out this bridge.

The paved Trout Brook Trail winds along the Eastern Side of Trout Brook. Pass by the Norfeldt Little League Field, then past the Norfeldt Field parking lot. Travel underneath Boulevard at 2 miles. You'll pass by a spur trail on the right that heads up to Boulevard. The trail continues North traveling between the river and Trout Brook Drive. A cross-light gets you over Memorial Rd where the trail continues alongside the road (the river is buried along this section). Come to Farmington Ave after 2.5 miles. I haven't checked out the next section. The trail continues winding along the Eastern Side of Trout Brook. Cross Fern St at 3 miles where the trail travels between Trout Brook Drive and Trout Brook. Trout Brook travels underneath Trout Brook Dr, however, the trail continues alongside Trout Brook Dr to Asylum Ave after 3.7 miles.

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