|Hartford, CT: Riverfront Plaza
|Stamford, CT: Scalzi Park
|Stamford, CT: Cove Island Park
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Top Running Routes, Walks - Hartford Region
Bushnell Park (1.7 miles)
Do a loop of this beautiful park containing an outstanding collection of
tree varieties, the majestic Connecticut State House, and the
Gothic-architecture Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch.
Start and finish at the Civic Center in the heart of downtown Hartford.
Go south down Trumbull Street to enter Bushnell Park at its eastern
end. Proceed around the park perimeter clockwise. On reaching Trinity
Street, cross the street and go left around the perimeter of the west part
of the park. Work your way around the 1876-vintage State Capitol,
keeping close to its western side. Continue into the green and spacious
Proceed to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, cross the street and
proceed along the edge of The Pond. Continue to Trumbull Street and
back to the Civic Center, a total distance of 1.7 miles. There are
several good eating and drinking places close to the finish.
Connecticut River Loop (3.7 miles)
There is a very enjoyable river loop route between the Founders Bridge
and the Charter Oak Bridge, starting and finishing in downtown
Hartford. Starting by the Civic Center, go south down Trumbull Street
and turn left into Asylum Street. Go towards the river and cross
Founders Bridge via the wide sidewalk. Take the disabled ramp and
then the steps down to the riverbank.
Follow the trail to the left, downstream, into
Great River Park.
Continue to the steps up to Charter Oak
Bridge and cross it to enter Charter Oak
Landing park. Work your way along the
trails back to Riverfront Plaza. Retrace
your steps from there to the Civic Center
or the Pratt Street area with its restaurants
Top Running Routes, Walks - New Haven Region
Downtown and Campus Loop (2.9 miles)
If you are a visitor to the city or a returning Yale alumnus, this route is a
perfect introduction to today’s New Haven, Connecticut.
We start and finish at the intersection of Chapel Street and College
Street at New Haven Green. Head north up College Street, past the old
campus area. Cross Elm Street—to your right in Elm Street is the Yale
visitor center, where you can pick up a campus map. Pass the School of
Music on your right.
At Grove Street, College Street ends. Continue straight ahead into
Prospect Street, past the Grove Street Cemetery, the School of
Management and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Turn right into Edwards Street.
Turn left into St. Ronan Street. You pass some very classy Yale
residences and the Institute of Sacred Music on this stretch.
Turn right on Canner Street and go on to
Whitney Avenue. Whitney Avenue runs into
Church Street. Continue down to Elm Street
and the northeast corner of New Haven
Green. Go diagonally through the Lower
Green (the eastern section) to the Chapel
and Temple intersection. The route ends a
block west at Chapel and College.
East Rock Park (3.3 miles)
This route is partly a mountain hike and partly a street jog. Its appeal
lies mainly in its outstanding scenery.
We start and finish at Whitney Avenue and Canner Street, the extreme
point of our first New Haven route, making it simple to link up these two
routes into one excellent 6.2-mile outing.
Go one block north up Whitney to Cold Spring Street, turn right, and go
two blocks to and into College Woods Park. Go through the park to
Orange Street and cross the Mill River bridge. Pick up the white-blazed
pedestrian trail. Continue to the trail junction where you switch to the
red-blazed trail up the steps. This is a somewhat strenuous climb,
taking you to the top of East Rock with spectacular views of New Haven
and the region. Admire the 112-foot-high Soldiers and Sailors
Take the red-blazed trail northward to rejoin the white-blazed trail, and
proceed down to the river. Go upstream a short way to the covered
bridge and cross it to the Eli Whitney Museum. Follow Whitney Avenue
south to our start point at Canner Street.
For more details of these routes with maps see the book Fun on
Foot in New England
Top Running Routes, Walks - Stamford Region
Downtown and Scalzi Park (3.3+ miles)
This is an ideal morning exercise route for visitors staying in downtown
Stamford hotels. It takes in Scalzi Park which is the center of the city’s
on-foot athletic activities.
Start in the city’s heart at Old Town Hall,
Main Street and Atlantic Street. Follow
Main Street west to the river and cross the
disused road bridge. Turn right along the
riverbank into the park. Take the paved
trail up to Broad Street and go right across
Go left along Washington Boulevard to the
south end of Scalzi Park.
Cross the footbridge into the park and do as many loops as you wish of
the popular half-mile park trail.Exit at the northwest corner of the park
onto Bridge Street. Follow Woodmere Road, Hubbard Avenue, and
then go left into W Broad Street. Continue back to Mill River Street and
the park you went through earlier, and follow Main Street back to
Cove Island and Cummings Parks (6.3 miles)
Stanford’s most enjoyable exercise place is Cove Island Park, about two
miles from Stamford city center, on Long Island Sound. While most
people would drive there, you can get there on foot and do a loop of
both that park and the nearby seaside Cummings Park and return to
downtown, for a total distance of roughly 6.3 miles.
Start at Main Street and Greyrock Place,
near Veterans Park. Follow Main Street
eastward, cross Tresser Boulevard, and
follow Elm Street under Interstate-95 and
the rail tracks. 1.2 miles to the parking lot
of Cove Island Park. Cross the footbridge
and do one or more loops of beautiful
Cove Island Park.
On leaving the park go back along Cove Road to George Street on the
left, and follow Hale Street, Willowbrook Avenue, and Soundview
Avenue into Cummings Park. You have many options in this park.
When done, exit onto Shippan Avenue, head right to Elm Street and
retrace your route back to the downtown start point.
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