View from Depot Road Bridge

View from Depot Road Bridge

River Park

Tolland, CT

HikingNature ObservationAthletic Fields

Description

This 32-acre park on South River Road features athletic fields, but the half-mile entrance road offers a pleasant walk with views of the river and wetlands below when leaves are off the trees.

Directions

On Route 32 in South Willington, turn west onto Depot Road by the firehouse. In one-tenth mile, park on the Willington side of the bridge in a pull-off lot by the railroad track. Walk across the bridge, then turn right into the park's entrance road.

See Midriver Map

Trail Notes

As you walk across the bridge, enjoy a scenic view of the river and shrubby islands below. At the Tolland end of the bridge, turn right onto the River Park entrance road (closed to vehicles in winter). This road offers a level walking surface above the river and wetland, which often shelter migrating ducks and song birds during spring migration.

The park road curves left past a well field (no public access) and ends at a parking lot for the athletic fields, where a short walk is possible. Note that the road and fields are busy during the sports season.

Follow signs at the northern edge of the parking lot to the adjacent Becker Conservation Area. A yellow blazed loop trail (0.8 mi) was opened to the public on National Trails Day in June, 2014. The trail loops through pine and oak forest, rising and falling steeply, overlooking the Willimantic River below and to the east.

Credits

Photo: V. Wetherell

This Willimantic River Greenway Parks and Trails Guide was produced by the Willimantic River Alliance and WINCOG. Information in this guide reflects conditions and features as of Spring, 2008. Since conditions change over time, the Alliance is not responsible for changes at this site. This guide was funded with support from the The Last Green Valley (formerly known as the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc.).