Past Meetup

Kayak and Canoe the Farmington River

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4 people went

The Farmington River at The Drake Hill Flower Bridge is near the following address:

708 Hopmeadow St · Simsbury, CT

How to find us

The address posted is for Webster Bank on the corner of Drake Hill and Hopmeadow (route 202). Turn onto Drake Hill from Hopmeadow and when you pass Iron Horse Boulevard see a turn off to a small parking lot at the Flower Bridge.

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Bring your own kayak or canoe and join in a 3-4 hour paddle, on a gently flowing stretch of the Farmington River. We will venture through Simsbury, Avon and Farmington. The onset will be upstream making our return paddling with the current. Please come out and play!

We will start our paddling at the scenic Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge in Simsbury. Along our route we will make a stop at the largest tree in CT - the Pinchot Sycamore - located along the Farmington River at route 185.

Please do not use the "no" rsvp function unless you need to cancel from a "yes". This is a standard preference for all Connecticut Hiking Alliance Meetups. Other Meetup groups may have a different preference.

We like all of our paddlers to remain safe. With that in mind, please bring a life jacket or personal flotation device.

Apres-hike: As always, we will follow the hike with a social outing. The Iron Frog Tavern is very near the Flower Bridge and their outdoor patio may make a very nice venue for our group.

Iron Frog Tavern

6 Wilcox St Simsbury, CT 06070


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About the Flower Bridge:

The Old Drake Hill Bridge in Simsbury, Connecticut is an example of 19th century metal-truss bridge construction. Originally designed and built in 1892, it spans 183 feet and carries a 12-foot roadway suspended 18 feet over the beautiful Farmington River. It was originally designed as a one lane, one way bridge used for vehicular traffic. It was replaced by a modern 2-lane bridge a few hundred feet to the North in 1992. In 1995, it was restored as a unique bridge. The restoration was possible through 80% of Federal funds at a full cost of $400,000 dollars.

Members who have participated in our outings in the past are asked to bring chocolate.

Members who are joining us for the first time are asked to bring a note from their mother.