The city of Hartford has embraced it’s frontage on the Connecticut River with miles of paths and bridges through riverside parks. For a 5.5 mile tour of these scenic paths, start at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza downtown. Head south downriver towards Charter Oak Landing. Cross over the Charter Oak Bridge to East Hartford and follow the stairs down over the Hockanum River. Continue north through Great River Park until you reach the stone Bulkeley Bridge (I-84). Turn around and return south to Founder’s Bridge, crossing back to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. To complete the circuit, head north through the sculpture park to Riverside Park. Turn around at the boat launch and return for a total of 5.5 miles.
Add-Ons & Options. This guide to the trails from Riverfront Recapture has great trail descriptions and loop options. Also this map. There are also 4-5 miles of trails at Riverside Park.
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