WINDSOR CENTER RIVER TRAIL:
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Last Updated:August 01, 2023
Length: Palisado Loop Trail; 1 mile
Pleasant Street Park Spur; ¼ mile
Railroad Station Spur; ¼ mile
Difficulty: Easy. Paved, mostly flat surface. Watch out for the Poison Ivy all along the sides of the trail. Spring flooding breeds a lot of mosquitoes.
From I-91, take exit 38 and follow Route 75 south for 2 miles to Windsor Center. Turn left at the traffic light onto Route 159 north. A ¼ mile down on your right will be the Palisado Ave parking lot, with trail map sign. If you take the next left on Pleasant St, it will bring you to Pleasant Street Park. The trail starts near the boat launch, by the Farmington River.
The Windsor Center River Trail is one of two trails along the Connecticut River in Windsor. The Windsor River Trail is located further south.
Starting from the
Palisado Ave parking lot [Western End]; Head right along the trail. This is the Palisado
Loop Trail. A Fit Trail is located along this section. You'll soon come to an intersection next to the horseshoe pits.
Note; The Loop Trail continues left over the bridge, while straight takes you along the Railroad Spur Trail. It's worth the short trip to continue straight, going around the pond and over a bridge before coming to Mechanic St. Turn right on the road and then cross over to a sidewalk. This takes you along the railroad tracks and past the old brick RR Freight Building (now an Art complex). You may then cross over the tracks to check out the Windsor Train Station. This spur trail is only a ¼ mile. You may also continue up the road past the train station to check out downtown Windsor and its scenic Main St.
Continuing along the Palisado Loop Trail you cross over the iron arched bridge. Many frogs a croaking below. The trail then brings you alongside the Farmington River. At ¾ miles, you'll pass a picnic table overlooking the river and then come to another trail junction. The Loop Trail continues left while straight will take you to Pleasant Street Park. You end up back at the Palisado Ave parking lot after only a mile Loop.
From Pleasant Street Park [Northern End]; Follow the sidewalk, right of the boat launch, past the picnic tables. A dirt trail brings you underneath the Route 159 Bridge and to the paved section of the trail, less then a ¼ mile. You pass over an iron bridge and parallel the Farmington River. This brings you to the Palisado Loop Trail.
Note; this section of the trail sometimes floods in the spring and becomes impassable, so use the Palisado parking lot.
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