A member-based nonprofit. Connecting people to the land since 1895.
For more events like this, visit the following program-specific calendar(s): CFPA Events, Environmental Education
Home » CFPA Events » CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad Walk

CFPA Ramble: Cheney Railroad Walk

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cheney Railroad Trail
146 Hartford Road
Manchester, Connecticut 06040
Event Type: 
Outdoor Recreation
All are welcome
Event Description: 

Walk and discover the historic Cheney railroad. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest private freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. Hikers will trace the route of the former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. 

We will start our hike in the South End, heading north toward Center Springs Park, and viewing land recently purchased by the Town of Manchester. We will see the foot-bridge over Bigelow Brook. Some of the hike will be along roads, and after we cross Center Street, the terrain is a bit difficult and hilly. Moderate pace with historic commentary, about 3 miles round trip.

Meet at the office steps, Fuss & O'Neill, 146 Hartford Road, Manchester.  Rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels. Confirm the event by contacting the guide below. No dogs, please.

Susan is an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR-trained CFPA Ramble Guide and Manchester Historical Society volunteer.

Parking Information: 
Plenty of free parking at 146 Hartford Road.
Inclement Weather: 
Extreme weather cancels; Contact the Ramble Guide below to confirm
Registration Fee: 
RSVP Requirement: 
RSVP not necessary
For Questions, Contact: 
Susan Barlow, CFPA Ramble Guide
(860) 643-9776

This free event is co-sponsored by the Manchester Historical Society, Manchester Land Conservation Trust, 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:

  1. Be ready to begin the Ramble at the scheduled start time;
  2. Bring water, snack, and your excitement;
  3. Leave pets at home;
  4. Wear sturdy shoes; and
  5. Kids, please remember to bring your parents or caregivers.
foot-bridge over Bigelow Brook