RAILS TO TRAILS - TRAIL

RAILS TO TRAILS - Trail, Bolton, Connecticut

THE FIRST PART IS THROUGH THICK WOODS AND SOME STEEP AREAS. AFTER APPOX. 3/10 OF MILE, YOU WILL COME TO THE RAILS TO TRAILS. THE FIRST PART IS NEAR A BROOK WITH A LOT OF RIP-RAP TO NEGOITATE, BUT THIS IS FOR A SHORT DISTANCE. THE REST OF THE TRAIL IS TRAP ROCK DUST WHICH IS MOSTLY COMPACTED. YOU WILL BE ON THIS SURFACE FOR APPROX 6MILES.THE GRADE IS APPROX 3-4% GOING DOWN HILL FROM BOLTON TO VERNON AND MANCHESTER, CT.YOU WILL BE GOING THROUGH MOSTLY WOODS FOR THE FIRST 3 MILES OR SO. THEN YOU WILL SEE SOME HOUSING AND MORE POPULATION AS YOU CONTINUE TO THE END WITH IS IN MANCHESTER, CT.AT THE INTERSECTION OF SHELDON RD AND COLONIAL ROAD.

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TOM HART   [Jun 08, 1999]

AT THE LOWER SECTION YOU WILL HAVE CROSS FOUR OR FIVE CROSS STREETS, BUT IT IS ALL SIGNED FOR YOUR SAFETY.YOU WILL ALOS FIND ANOTHER PARKING LOT IN THIS SECTION AND OUT HOUSE FACILITIES. MOST OF THE TRAIL IS COMPACTED TRAP RAOCK DUST, BUT IN ONE SECTION YOU WILL ENCOUNTER RIP-RAP(LARGE TRAP RACK 3-5 INCHES IN SIZE)BUT THIS IS FOR A SHORT DISTANCE. THE SIDE TRAIL THROUGH THE WOODS IS LITLE MORE CHALLENGING, BUT NOT THAT BAD FOR NEWER RIDERS. ALL IN ALL A GOOD PLACE TO START RIDING.

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I RECOMMEND STARTING FROM THE INTERSECTION OF SHELDON AND COLONIAL ROADS IN MANCHESTER, CT.THIS WAY YOU WILL START GOING UP HILL AND FINISH ON THE DOWN HILL RETURN.
WHEN YOU COME TO THE END OF THE TRAIL COMING FROM MANCHESTER, RIDE STRIGHT AHEAD ONTO A GRAVELK ROAD FOR APPROX. 1/3 OF MILE TO A POND WHICH WILL BE ON YOUR RIGHT SIDE. YOU WILL THEN SEE A PAVED ROAD,ON YOUR RIGHT. TAKE THE ROAD TO THE TOP. NOTE A SINGLE TRAIL ON RIGHT JUST INSIDE OF GUARD RAILS. TAKE THIS PATH TO OLD THEATER DRIVEWAY AND TURN RIGHT ON TO DRIVEAY. THEN RIDE UNTIL OBSERVING GREEN WHITE ARROWS. TAKE THIS TRAIL BACK TO RAIL TO TRAILS. THIS WILL BRING YOU BACK TO WHERE YOU STARTED ON THE GRAVEL ROAD.ONCE BACK ON RAILS TO TRAILS SECTION TURN LEFT BACK TO MANCHESTER. THIS WILL BE ALL DOWN HILL.

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TOM HART   [Aug 20, 1999]

IF YOU TAKE A RIGHT INSTEAD OF A LEFT. YOU WILL HEAD TOWARDS ANDOVER CONNECTICUT. TRAIL IS MOSTLY TRAP ROCK AND GRAVEL, BUT THERE ARE SOME SECTIONS WITH LARGE RIP-RAP(LARGE TRAP ROCK) BUT NOT A LOT.IF YOU TAKE THIS ROUTE YOU WILL CROSS SEVERAL PAVED ROADS. AT ANDOVER CENTER YOU WILL HAVE TO WALK DOWN A STEEP INCLNE AND CROSS PAVED ROAD, AS THE BRIDGE IS OUT. AFTER CROSSING STREET KEEP TO LEFT OF BRIDGE. RIDE UP PAVED ROAD WITH SIGN THAT SAYS ROAD CLOSED. TURN RIGHT INTO NEXT DIRT DRIVEWAY, YOU WILL SEE TRAIL ON LEFT AT TOP OF HILL. CONTINUE ON, YOU WILL HVE TO CROSS PAVED ROADS AGAIN AS THE NEXT BRIDGE IS OUT. RIDE THROUGH BRIDGE OPENING, AFTER PASS THROUGH OPENING RIDE APPOX. 100 YRDS, YOU WILL SEE PATH TO TRAIL ON LEFT. THE NEXT BRIDGE IS ALSO OUT.GOOD TIME TO TURN AROUND. YOU HAVE JUST RIDING APPROX 6 MILES.SAME 2% GRADE GOING BACK TO BOLTON.

Customer Service

SAME DIRECTIONS AS BEFORE

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Sean   [Nov 03, 2000]

intence on some down hill. Look for me on the trail I hit it one a week mininum try rideing it at night. Good for beginners and pro.

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same

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lenny   [Nov 03, 2000]

They might say it is for beginner but this place has so intens stuff, I have seen some prety narly stuf like step decents with rocks stickingup, that is if you ride Up to the top of the painted rock, there are some steep hil that you would never think of.
There are some other very intens trail riding up behing the driving range but if you want to go there you should enter down behinde three J's and then rid up the back of the mountain, but once you get tyo the top it is intense drops. There are like 5 drops in a row. A MUST RIDE FOR PEOPLE LOOKING FOR DROP OFFS, So i might see you up there soon, I weare a blue helmut, adn black shin pads. up there they have 7 foot decends, but u must do this on a log with planks layed dow, and it is only 1 foot wide, and then you drop anywhere from 2 feet to 7 feet.
Another time to go is at night they have trails that are fun enough to ride atr night. But you should get farmiliar with the area befor riding, I spent a whole summer there befor I started to ride at night. And when I went I found new trails, so always be prepared to be gone for a while if it is your first time here

Similar Products Used: I recommend trying of of steels crossing, there is a trail that goes up to route 6 or you will come up behind appartment if you go up, that brings you on south road
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  [Apr 04, 2001]

This is a great trail! It isn't to hard, and it ain't easy! Most of all, it is fun! It is great to go along on the trail and ride in the same place where trains once went through at 50MPH! In some places, you can see remains of the old railroad such as telegraph poles! If you are a beginner and new to the area of Bolton, ride this trail, you will see a lot of Bolton!

Customer Service

Get on the Highway at Bolton Notch and go down an old Road that once was the road for the Bolton Notch Train Station. Then go under the big tunnel and lookout, it is a little muddy! Keep going until you get tired! It is a long trail!

Similar Products Used: Case Mountain, Lookout Landing Trail(short but challenging) go to Vito's Restaraunt (A Villa Louisa) near Glastonbury and keep going towards the highway. Then before you get to the highway, take a left on the road "Lookout Landing"! Go all the way to the end of the road and you will see the trail at the end! There is a sign that says "No Trespassing", but just ignore it! I have gone on this trail many times and no one ever told me to get off! On the trail you will see Tinker Pond, don't go to fast, big hills, you might fall in the pond. Keep going and you will be behind of someone's house! Why should i keep talking, just ride the trail for yourself, and if you get lost, stop at a house in the local area! Have fun!
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Bob Clere   [Apr 13, 2001]

Heading South from Bolton Notch the road bed passes under the rte6/44 highway and proceeds along rte 6. The area just South of the tunnel can be quite muddy as the sun cannot penetrate to dry the surface. It crosses Steel's Crossing Road at higher elevation and descends gradually to Burnap Brook Road. Just prior to the Rte6 tunnel, there is a hostile individual in a house to the right who claims to own the roadbed (there are no restrictive signs)and threatened to sic his dogs on us next time we came back! Except for that the trip to the river is pleasant and once away from noisy Rte 6, it is pleasant, and quiet. There is not a lot of scenery but enjoyable nonetheless. While some of the original railroad bridges have been replaced with wooden structures, there is a larger bridge across the river which has some missing sections and we didn't risk the crossing.

Customer Service

Head South from Bolton Notch instead of North to Vernon, the route parallels US Route 6 and will ultimately be part of the Rails to Trails system but is presently unimproved.

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SPMD   [Nov 29, 2001]

very intense hit some stuff it will be fun there are train tracks there there fun to ride on. go to tunnel it be fun too. me like ride bike there fun it be. The train is gone so you can ride on tracks it is bumpy but fun. GO DOWN HILL FAST WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
me like bike me also like food good and long walks on the beach call me if you like at 643-7654. me like you if you like food or beeches. im a nice smart schooled boy.

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on the trail

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SHDFL   [Nov 29, 2001]

me like food and beeches. it is cool i go down fast tooo lots of weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it fu be. me call you we have sex on the trail it be fun

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down hill

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William Billiam   [Dec 13, 2001]

Hello, Me saw u on train track. You funny. Nice Bike. Jaime Mieux les escargots. Tu as? JADORE LES PIZZA! ME LIKE FOOD! ME LIKE YOU! ME LIKE BEECHES! ME LIKE WEWE! I love ebay. Tunnel is big. BUMMMMMMMMMMMMMPPPPPY. WEWEWEWE! My name is Will. WILL the BILL! ME bike all weather. Saw SPMD yesterduy, how u? Been beeching lately? I'm fat! Call me for fun at 555-1937. Me love you! Tu ta pelle adleeerr adleerrrr.....adlerrrr Tu ta pelle adddleeeeerrr jun te tu! Ma nom est Will! Comment? BYEEEEEEEEE!

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TRAIN ROUTE

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Larry Wilcox   [Mar 07, 2002]

Go to Steeles Crossing Road in Boolton, CT. This is a popular place for people to smoke and such but don'
t worry, they aren't there most of the time. Head in either direction. I prefer to go towards Manchester. In a short distance, maybe about one mile, you will come to a tunnel. Built in 1951. Rather huge and high. Go on through the cool tunnel but lookout for paintballers there. It is a sad site today to see the old railroad turned into a place where people do illegal stuff but times change. From here you go on into Vernon crossing over tunnel road. You will pass several railroad ties on the right still in there original places that appeared to be an old passing siding. Once you enter the Manchester area, you will come across some ties and rails that are still in place. I am unsure if it is the mainline or a siding but the rail dated back from the 1910's. Now, starting in the other direction towards Willimantic starting from Steeles Crossing Road, the grade is a slow uphill grade, bnut starts to go downhill as you get further into that direction. You will go under a route 6 tunnel that replaced the old original railroad tunnel which was a bad move because the railroads are talking of running trains through again. From there if you are up to the ride, you will get to thew Willimantic River, you will come to a rather huge and high bridge. It is unused. The rails are still in place. I suggest notr crossing with your bike as some ties have rotted out. Don't go to much further because the tracks are still used up to a recycling cente rthere. The distance from Steeles Crossing to Manchester is about 11 miles. The distance from Steeles Crossing to Willimantic is just under 16 miles. You can do the whole ride in one day if you are up to an excercise. There are others on the trail who can help you if you get lost.

Customer Service

Start from Steeles Crossing Road and head towards Manchester. Since I am a railfan, I like to take my time and explore the remnants of the old railroad. Also, going in the other direction towards Willimantic has some more remnants such as one gigantic bridge quite a ways down and a few hundred feet in the air where the rails and ties are still in place.

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