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Average Rating:    (3.91 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

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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Latitude
41.83247925355183
Longitude
-72.47509002685547
Trail Directions
TAKE ROUTE US6 AND US44 FROM MANCHESTER CT. TO A PARK AND RIDE PARKING LOT ACROSS FROM ROUTE 6 AND 44 PACKAGE STORE. YOU WILL SEE ABANDONED OUT DOOR THEATER JUST EAST OF THE PARKING LOT. TAKE THE DRIVEWAY TO THE THEATER NORTH UNTIL YOU SEE GREEN AND WHITE ARROWS, TAKE THIS TO THE RAILS TO TRAILS.
Trail Length
APPROX 7 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Bolton
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Review Date
August 1, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Tim , from South Windsor

Summary:
The old gravel railroad trail is a great warm up. There are some sick trails off of this gravel trail. My buddy and I road out about beyond the markers over three miles then stopped at a bridge and hit some trails off the main trail. THe last time we went it was raining on and off all day. We got in a good 12 miles on the side trails one of the best rides all year. Great single track with intense rocks. Had some great crashes and even a wheel being knocked off a frame. Great for a day of riding thats right in ur backyard, and it will leave you with battle wounds.

Recommended Route:
Park right next to the Tunnel on Tunnel road in vernon. and ascend a steep incline to the old raildroad trail.



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Review Date
March 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Larry Wilcox , from Hartford, CT, USA

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ANYWHERE WHERE A MTN. BIKE IS CAPABLE OF RIDING.



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Review Date
December 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: William Billiam , from Colchester, Vermont, USA

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
TRAIN ROUTE

Other recommended trails in the same area:
ROADS to Paradise



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Review Date
November 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: SHDFL , from boston

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
down hill

Other recommended trails in the same area:
me



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Review Date
November 29, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: SPMD , from bolton

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
on the trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
my back yard good trail



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