Take a look at this just-updated map of Connecticut’s Charter Oak and Hop River trails.
You can ride traffic-free from East Hartford all the way to Willimantic — just wow! (OK, it looks like there might the tiniest section on the road.) That’s about 26.2 miles, or the length of a marathon for my runner friends.
And once you’re in Willimantic, you have another tiny, tiny road section behind Main Street, on Riverside Drive, until you pick up the Airline Trail going north. We biked those 19 miles to Pomfret Center in September, and it will soon be a couple miles longer thanks for some bridges being built right now.
More than 45 miles without meeting a car? That’s one impressive section of the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway. I’ve already biked from Bolton Notch to Willimantic, so in 2021, I intend to pedal do the rest. I’m thinking a multi-day trip: the Hartford train station to Bolton Notch and then reverse, cycling through Hartford onward to Simsbury and the just as impressive (and almost finished) Farmington Valley trail, then south to New Haven and then west to New York City.