Glastonbury Town Park
86 acres in Glastonbury, CT
Parking: Lots of parking lots around 398 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT
I first passed Glastonbury’s Riverfront Park as I paddled down the Connecticut River in 2019. It sits in the winding bends of the river south of Hartford and the imposing Boathouse is one of the few signs of development in this isolated stretch.
I visited the park a few days later post-paddle to find its boat launch teeming during Labor Day weekend and the trails full of people out for a walk. The trails here are flat crushed stone paths or sidewalks in the area. They are perfect for simple walks. The planners have come up with easy loops of varying distances. My favorite (in name at least) being the “Silver Sneakers” loop around the Historical Society and Hubbard Green. Certainly not a true hiking destination, but can be a nice spot to stroll after getting coffee at Daybreak Coffee Roasters or before dinner.
South of Hartford the Connecticut River is tidal. This section is likely the least developed stretch of the entire river. Just over a mile upstream is the Rt. 3 William Putnam Memorial Bridge and from there it’s a couple miles of wooded banks before you see real buildings and docks again, though you’ll likely hear planes from Brainard Airport often.
Heading downstream the river enters its wandering meanders for about 5 miles until the historic Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry. The river feels remote often with thick woods and brief glimpses of surrounding farmland and fields. The nearest river camping is about 6.5 miles away at River Highlands State Park.
Riverfront Park is Glastonbury’s newest town parked. It opened in 2014.
Peter Marteka – Glastonbury Riverfront Park: A Photo Gallery (2014)
Peter Marteka – Repairs And Renovations To The Glastonbury Riverfront Park Completed (2017)