Farmington Canal HeritageTrail

City: HamdenNew Haven

The Farmington Canal trail is a unique regional resource that reflects the region’s industrial past. The 83-mile Farmington Canal opened in 1828 to provide a waterway to provide transport for goods and people from New Haven, CT to Northhampton, MA in competition with the Connecticut River. odeled after the Erie Canal, the waterway was expensive to construct and operate and in 1848, was replaced by a railroad which operated until the 1982. Some of the remaining locks and piers of the canal are still visible today.

Directions and Parking:
The Hamden portion of the Canal can be reached via Dixwell/Whitney Avenue (Route 10). Hamden parking facilities are located at Sherman Avenue, Todd Street and at Brooksvale Park on Brooksvale Avenue all off Route 10. In New Haven, on-street metered parking near the Canal near Prospect Place is recommended.

Permitted/Prohibited Activities:
This paved multi-use trail is for nonmotorized activities such as walking, jogging, biking, roller-blading, and wheel chair and stroller access. Dogs are allowed on leash. Please bag and pick up all dog waste.


524 Brooksvale Ave, Rear Hamden, CT 06518, USA