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Two trails are now connected by a covered bridge on the Hop River Rail Trail.

Hop river trail system has a new bridge.
Hop river trail system has a new bridge.
Photo Copyright belongs to Jeffrey Burke

Finally this brand new covered bridge connects two of the best multi-use trails in Connecticut. This long hoped for bridge will allow trail riders and hikers to cruise on through. Route 316 also known as Hebron road in Andover has been a hikers headache for years as the two trails have never been connected.

Memorial Bridge that crosses Rte 316, Andover CT
Photo Copyright belongs to Jeffrey Burke

Now the two sections, the elevated 12 mile trail that runs from Manchester to Andover and the 10 mile rail trail that runs along the Hop river will bring you all the way to Willimantic.

No longer do you have to scale down and up a loose rock filled steep bank. No longer do you have to turn back. Now everyone can just stop at the Veterans Memorial Park and take out the camera and photograph the Veterans Memorial bridge built right here in Andover CT.

There are many trails that connect to the Hop River Rail Trail and all are excellent marked trails. Including the Historic Rose Trail that leads to the hilltop with a view of Rose Farm and the heritage farm where a French Army Encampment was placed during the Revolutionary War.

There is that amazing Shenipsit trail system that comes through Freja Park along the cliff face and crosses down onto Hop River Trail along the Vernon portion. Which uses the portions of the rail trail, crossing from the Manchester Drive-In into Webster Preserve just above Valley Falls Park.

There are many unmarked pathways along the Hop River portion as well, but it is better to stay on Hop River trail to avoid walking on to private property which surrounds the trail system. Enjoy the hike with your family and if you cannot, please check out the slideshow to see what your missing.

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