Walkways & Trails

Whether exercising on your lunch break or taking the family for a stroll, our riverwalks offer peaceful, scenic, and invigorating experiences. Walk, run or bike our paved and lighted riverwalks, or explore our wooded trails north of the boathouse in Riverside Park.

Great River Park, East Hartford
Distance: 2.8-mile loop
Approximate walking time: 50 minutes
From the parking lot, proceed in either direction along the river. Walk south to the Hockanum River and return for a one-mile walk or continue north to the Bulkeley Bridge and return for the full 2.8-mile walk.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza to Riverside Park’s Boathouse, Hartford
Distance: 1.6-mile loop
Approximate walking time: 30 minutes
Proceed from Mortensen Riverfront Plaza down the terrace stairs, turn left and follow the walkway along the river, passing under a stone arch of the historic Bulkeley Bridge and into Riverside Park, home of the Riverfront Boathouse. Once you reach the Riverfront Boathouse, reverse direction and return to downtown Hartford.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza to Great River Park’s Hockanum River, Hartford, and East Hartford
Distance: 3.2-mile loop
Approximate walking time: 60 minutes
Depart from the upper level of the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and head across the Founders Bridge Promenade to East Hartford. Use the handicapped ramp or descend the stairs to East River Drive and turn left under the highway bridge and then left again up the walkway ramp into the north section of Great River Park. Once you reach the stone-arched Bulkeley Bridge (I-84), turn around and follow the path down to the river, under the Founders Bridge and past the boat ramp and amphitheater. Follow the walkway through the flood plain to the Hockanum River confluence. Once you reach the Hockanum River, reverse direction and return to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza and downtown Hartford.

Charter Oak Landing to Great River Park’s Amphitheater, Hartford and East Hartford
Distance: 2-mile loop
Approximate walking time: 40 minutes
From Charter Oak Landing’s parking areas, follow the walkways to either the stair tower or pedestrian ramp on the Charter Oak Bridge and cross the river into East Hartford. Once back on land, descend the stairs to the floodplain and follow the Hockanum River’s walkway and continue through the forest to Great River Park’s amphitheater and main entrance. To return to Charter Oak Landing, reverse the direction

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