The River Bend trail connects the Coffin Factory Loop and the Business Park Loop. After leaving the Coffin trail, the River Bend trail takes a sharp right and climbs uphill. With the sound of the river in your ears, the trail traverses the steep hillside and follows the New Haven River downstream. Along the way you’ll see some fascinating artifacts! After the bend in the river, the trail switches back and begins the climb up to the Business Park Loop behind the Fire Station. If you are accessing the River Bend trail from the Business Park Loop, the entrance is at the tree line where the Business Park Loop enters the woods on the eastern side of the loop.
This trail has many elevation changes and some steep sections with loose soils which can be very slippery. Boots are recommended.
If you are accessing the River Bend section from the Coffin Loop, there is limited parking at the Coffin Loop trail head at the bottom of South Street. Additional parking available at the town green, a short walk from the trail access to the Coffin Loop. From the other direction, if you hike the River Bend section from the Business Park Loop, parking can be found in the “Visitor” section behind the Fire House, at the High School, and at the Bristol Recreation Park.
Share the trail:
Please respect the land and the landowner:
stay on the trail at all times
clean up after your pet
no motorized vehicles
please leave bicycles at the trail head and enjoy this trail on foot