CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad Walk
Join us for an easy, fairly flat, moderately paced walk along the former railroad, with commentary on the history of the railroad spur line, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, this was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States.
We will start our hike in the South End, heading north toward Center Springs Park, where we will see the large footbridge over Bigelow Brook. Some of the hike will be along roads overlooking the old railbed, and after we cross Center Street, the terrain may be a bit difficult and hilly. Depending on the weather, the hike may continue to Middle Turnpike or beyond, so could be up to 5 miles round trip. Extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please.
Susan is an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR-trained CFPA Ramble Guide and Manchester Historical Society volunteer.
This free event is co-sponsored by the Manchester Historical Society and the CFPA Rambles program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA).
As a program of the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, CFPA Rambles are intended to bring people, fun, and the outdoors together. Led by trained CFPA Ramble Guides, these FREE, engaging outings are offered on trails around the state every month throughout the year. Each CFPA Ramble is designed to show the people of Connecticut how easy and enjoyable a ramble can be and to feature the many different outdoor opportunities our state has to offer.
To prepare for a safe and enjoyable CFPA Ramble:
- Be ready to begin the Ramble at the scheduled start time;
- Bring water, snack, and your excitement;
- Leave pets at home;
- Wear sturdy shoes; and
- Kids, please remember to bring your parents or caregivers.