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749 Hopmeadow St.
Simsbury, CT 06070

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Recreation Area #5

Recreation Area 5

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Distance: 16 miles
Time: 4-5 hours
Towns: Farmington, Avon, Simsbury
Tributaries: Hop Brook, Nod Brook, Salmon Brook
USGS Maps: Avon, New Britain, Tariffville
Access Points: 21-26
Difficulty: Flatwater

PUT-IN : Access Point 21, Rt.4 Bridge, Farmington, CT
Directions : Travel .3 mile west on Rt. 4 from jct. Rt. 10/ 4 in center of Farmington. Cross Rt. 4 bridge in Farmington and turn left on to a small paved road leading to a large parking lot.
TAKE-OUT : Access Point 26, Tariffville Park, Simsbury, CT
Directions : From Rt. 10 north in Simsbury, take Rt. 315 east for 1.5 miles. Go up hill and continue straight onto Winthrop Street in the Tarrifville section of Simsbury. Turn left onto Main Street and go .2 mile. Just prior to the "Hayes Landing" sign, turn right onto the gravel road into the park. Follow the dirt road to the end where it meets the river.


Rt.4 to Old Farms Road bridge 2.3 miles
Old Farms Road bridge to Rt.44 3.0 miles
Rt.44 to Rt.185 Bridge 3.3 miles
Rt.185 bridge to Drake Hill Bridge 1.8 miles
Drake Hill Bridge to Rt.315 bridge 3.3 miles
Rt.315 bridge to Tariffville Park 2.3 miles

Access Point 22, Alsop Meadows (Rt.44 Bridge), Avon, CT From jct. Rt. 44/10 (bottom of Talcott Mountain) go south on Rt. 10 (Waterville Road) for .2 mile. Turn right into Nassau’s and go straight through a gate onto a dirt road. This property is owned by the Town of Avon and the gate may be locked. It is approximately .2 mile to the river from the gate.
Access Point 23, Rt.185 Bridge, Simsbury, CT Travel north 3.1 miles on Rt. 10 from jct. Rt. 44/10 in Avon center. Turn right at Rt. 185. Just over the bridge, there are two access points. Taking an immediate left, you will follow a dirt road down into a pleasant park with the renowned Gifford Pinchot Sycamore Tree. Turning right just after the bridge onto Nod Road, take an immediate right into a parking area along side the river.
Access Point 24, River Road, Simsbury, CT Just north of the jct. Rt. 10/167 in Simsbury, turn right onto Drake Hill Road, cross the river and turn left onto River Road. Go .3 mile to small access area on left.
Access Point 25, River Road, Simsbury, CT From jct. Rt. 10/167 in Simsbury, travel 2.1 miles north on Rt. 10. Turn right onto Rt. 315 and go .5 mile. Park entrance is on the left.

For a description of this segment of the river as well as historical facts, fish, wildlife and geology consider purchasing our Farmington River Guide.

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