Farmington River Reach 7
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Last Updated: 8/2018
 Vincent Dipietro Memorial Bridge (30.7) to 
                       Pinchot Sycamore Tree Park (21.2)


     
STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:   Class 1 & Class 2
Estimated Time:   3 hours
Reach Distance:  9.5 miles 
USGS Map: New Britain CT, Avon CT 
 [1] Vincent Dipietro Memorial Bridge (Rt 4) -
                                                                          Mile 30.7
Position: 41-48.39 N 72-55.26 W
Altitude: 164 feet
Boat Launch:
Car top launch with a very large parking area.    Launch next to the half-circle fishing deck area down river of the bridge.
Nearest Launch Address:
871 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT 06032
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 10.0 miles 14 minutes)
From Interstate 91 in Hartford, CT Take Exit 32 A if traveling North or Exit 32B if traveling south to Interstate 84 West:
  1. Mile 0.0, Head southwest toward Interstate 84 West.
  2. At mile 7.8, Use the right 2 lanes to take Exit 39 toward Farmington/Route 4.
  3. At mile 8.2, Continue onto State Hwy 508.
  4. At mile 9.0, State Hwy 508 turns slightly right and becomes Route 4 West.
  5. At mile 10.0, turn right the launch area just before the bridge.
  6. Use great care turning into this area because of traffic.​
Turn at this access sign.
Fishers use this area. Launch next to the deck just to the right in this photo.
 Pinchot Sycamore Tree Park
The famous tree that is 200 to 300 year old tree.
       The Pinchot Sycamore is a large American sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) in Simsbury, Connecticut. It is the largest tree in Connecticut. When measured by the Connecticut Botanical Society in 2016, the Pinchot Sycamore's trunk was over 28 feet (8.5 m) around and 100 feet (30 m) tall, with an average canopy diameter of 121 feet (37 m). The sycamore is estimated to be at least 200 years old, and possibly over 300 years old. The tree was named in honor of influential conservationist and Connecticut resident Gifford Pinchot. It was originally dedicated to Pinchot in 1965, and re-dedicated with an engraved stone marker in 1975.
        According to the conservation group American Forests in 2000, the Pinchot Sycamore was scheduled to be listed in the 2001 edition of the National Register of Big Trees as one of the two largest known American sycamores in the United States, tied with a tree in Bath County, Virginia. In the 2008-2009 edition, a larger tree in Ashland, Ohio is listed as the champion American sycamore.
       In 2005, a guitar made from a fallen bough of the Pinchot Sycamore was auctioned off by the Farmington River Watershed Association. The Pinchot Sycamore sustained some damage to its canopy as a result of an early snowstorm in October 2011; however, it was not diminished in size, and its large recognizable lower limbs remain intact.

          Learn more information, try the article by the Hartford Courant or Wikipedia by clicking below:
Harford Courant article
Pinchot Sycamore Wikipedia
 [2] Alsop Meadows - Mile 24.6
Position:41-48.31 N 72-49.44 W
Altitude: 164 feet
Boat Launch:
Turn down unmarked road at Nassaus Furniture. The road turns dirt and you will pass through a gate (sometimes locked by the town). The put-in is aboug 0.2 mile.
Nearest Launch Address:
9 Waterville Road, Avon, CT 06001
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 10.0 miles 14 minutes)
From Interstate 91 in Hartford, CT Take Exit 32 A if traveling North or Exit 32B if traveling south to Interstate 84 West:
  1. Mile 0.0, Head southwest toward Interstate 84 West.
  2. At mile 0.6, take exit 48 toward Asylum Street.
  3. Merge onto Spring Street, then turn right onto Garden Street.
  4. At mile 1.2, turn left at stop light onto Homestead Avenue.
  5. At mile 2.4, turn left at stop light onto Albany Avenue.
  6. At mile 9.0, at the stop light, turn left onto Route 10 South.
  7. Go 100 yard and turn right on a paved access road.  Continue to the end where it becomes a tiny dirt road.
  8. Follow down to the car top launch area as seem below.
Entrance into to dirt access road.
This is a small shaded access area where you can park. 
Don't block the access gate.
Carry this short distance to the water.
 [3]  Pinchot Sycamore Tree Park -Mile 21.2
Position:  41-50.87 N 72-48.43 W
Altitude: 156 feet
Boat Launch:
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Nearest Launch Address:
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Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 9.9 miles 19 minutes)
From Interstate 91 in Hartford, CT Take Exit 32 A if traveling North or Exit 32B if traveling south to Interstate 84 West:
  1. Mile 0.0, Head southwest toward Interstate 84 West.
  2. At mile 0.6, take exit 48 toward Asylum Street.
  3. Merge onto Spring Street, then turn right onto Garden Street.
  4. At mile 1.2, turn left at stop light onto Homestead Avenue.
  5. At mile 2.4, turn left at stop light onto Albany Avenue.
  6. At mile 3.0, turn right onto Bloomfield Avenue.
  7. At mile 3.8, make a slight left onto Route 85 West/Simsbury Road.
  8. At mile 9.9, make a right turn at the stop light just before the bridge down into the park.  There is generous parking and a picnic  table.  Car top launch only.
Turn at this access sign.
Carry a short distance to this launch down river of the bridge.