WalkCT Family Ramble: Cheney Railroad History Walk

Cheney Railroad Trail (Manchester, CT)
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Families with school aged children as well as singles are welcome
Event Info: 

Hikers will have an easy, but bumpy, walk along this former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will hike along the 1-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and, depending on the weather, on to Center Springs Park, which will take about 1-3/4 hours round trip. Participants will hear about the history of the railroad and see maps and old pictures.

There are no restrooms along the route. A special favor will be given to children who attend the hike, sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association's WalkCT Family Ramble program. This outing is being lead by an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR-trained WalkCT Family Guide. All are welcome to join in the fun, including singles. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please.

Pre-registration is not necessary. Phone WalkCT Family Guide Susan Barlow at (860) 643-9776 with any questions.



Meet at the North End of Main Street in Manchester, on the north (right) side of Farr’s Sporting Goods (2 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06042). Park at the nearby shopping plaza or Eighth Utilities District office building (please do not park in Farr's parking lot).


To prepare for a safe and enjoyable WalkCT Family Ramble:

  1. Be ready to begin the Ramble at the scheduled start time;
  2. Bring water, a snack, any allergy or other prescribed medications you may need, and your excitement;
  3. Leave pets at home or other safe place (unless otherwise noted in the ramble description);
  4. Wear sturdy shoes; and
  5. Kids, please remember to bring your parents or caregivers.

A program of Connecticut Forest & Park Association, WalkCT Family Rambles are designed to bring families, fun, and the outdoors together. Led by trained WalkCT Family Guides, these engaging outings are offered at trails around the state on the last weekend of every month. Because these adventures are geared specifically for families, kids and their caregivers will delight in this outdoor quest for fun together. Babies in secured backpacks are welcome.