A Hop, Skip, and… a Bike Pump
20 Miles, Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Manchester and Vernon
For years this page existed to tell readers that I wouldn’t be completing the Hop River State Park Trail. Then my son got a bike and liked to ride it. Then I got a bike and I like to ride it. Then I got a bike rack for the car. Now this page exists for the reason all CTMQ pages exist: because I’m gonna do this thing.
So what is this thing?
This former railroad line is now a trail that winds 20.2 miles through the towns of Manchester, Vernon, Bolton, Coventry, Andover, and Columbia. Like a pathway through time, this serpentine path passes among modern subdivisions and crosses roads, but mostly takes the trail user along a remote, quiet and long unused path through the eastern Connecticut countryside.
The Hop River Trail is part of the enormously ambitious East Coast Greenway, which aims to connect Maine to the Florida Keys – a lot of it is on roads as of 2019 though. (Which is fine, because bikes are quite legal on roads.)
Some hiking trails use the HRT path here and there as well. If you care. You don’t care. It is generally difficult to take picture while riding a bike, so these reports will be a little bit different than most on CTMQ. But you don’t really care about that either. Let’s get to it.
Hop River State Park Trail
West to east
Section 1: Manchester, Vernon, Bolton
Section 2: Rockville Spur
Bonus 1: 2017 TSTL Hike through Bolton Tunnel
Section 3: Bolton, Coventry, Andover
Bonus 2: Andover Covered Bridge
Section 4: Andover, Coventry, Columbia