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Last Updated: 8/2018
 Pinchot Sycamore Tree Park (21.2)  to
Rainbow Reservoir (9.0)

Make sure you read the section on the Whitwater in the Gorge!
     
STATISTICS
 
Skill Level:            Class 1 & Class 2
Estimated Time:   4 hours
Reach Distance:  12.7 miles 
USGS Map:  Avon, CT, Tariffville, CT, Windsor Locks, CT
 [1]  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:
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3E18 Hartford Road, Simsbury, CT 06089{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E
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.
 [4] Tariffville Park - Mile 14.3
Position: 41-55.05 N 72-46.10 W
Altitude: 132 feet
Boat Launch:
There is a small beach where you can launch a car top boats and swim in the river.
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Nearest Launch Address:
20 Main Street Exd, Tariffville, CT 06081
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Put-In/Take-Out Directions (8.4 miles 18 minutes)
From Interstate 91 itake Exit 37:
  1. Head west on Route 305 West.
  2. At mile 2.4, at the stop light, turn right onto Route 187 North.
  3. At mile 5.7, take the Route 189 North ramp to Tariffville/Granby.
  4. At mile 6.6, continue onto Route 189 North.
  5. ​At mile 7.5, turn left onto Main Street.
  6. At mile 7.7, Main Street turns slightly left and becomes Main Street Ext.  There is a No Outlet sign. 
  7. At mile 7.9, continue to the end where there is a ball field.
  8. Follow the dirt road and make the first right turn onto another dirt road.
  9. At mile 8.4, arrive at a point of land where there is a parking area for a few vehicles.
Pull over off the road near this bridge.
Follow the short trail down to the river for easy access.
 [5] Tariffville Gorge Experts Only - Mile 13.25
Position: 41-54.32 N 72-45.62 W
Altitude: 112 feet
Boat Launch:
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Nearest Launch Address:
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Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 8.6 miles 14 minutes)
From Interstate 91 itake Exit 37:
  1. Head west on Route 305 West.
  2. At mile 2.4, at the stop light, turn right onto Route 187 North.
  3. At mile 5.7, take the Route 189 North ramp to Tariffville/Granby.
  4. At mile 6.6, continue onto Route 189 North.
  5. ​At mile 7.5, turn left onto Elm Street.
  6. At mile 7.9, Elm Street turns slightly left at stop sign and becomes Route 315 West/Tariffville Road.
  7. At mile 8.8, arrive at the park entrance.  There is a park sign.
  8. Follow the dirt road to the car top launch.
 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
Running Tariffville Gorge

Consider running this section only if you are prepared for Class 3 plus and have experience with aggressive whitewater.

To AVOID the rapids:
Take Out - Tariffville Park at Mile 14.3
Put-In - Under Route 187 Bridge East Granby - Mile 12.3

To REPEAT the rapids:
Put-In - Tariffville Gorge Experts Only - Mile 13.25
Put-In - Under Route 187 Bridge East Granby - Mile 12.3

Description 
          Do not attempt this stretch of river without first SCOUTING and check the river level at the USGS website (click below).  DO NOT PADDLE ALONE. Most people will agree that this is for experts.  Competitive teams come here to practice.  Open boats like canoes that are not bagged-out can easily be swamped.  Be prepared for self-rescue techniques if things do not go as planned.  If you are using a kayak with a skirt make sure you have practiced wet exits thoroughly.
           For those who are prepared and experienced, this section be lots of fun!  See the videos below for a view of others experiences.
01189995 FARMINGTON RIVER AT TARIFFVILLE, CT - Mile 15.4  
Running the Gorge
Tariffville Gorge at 1400cfs
 [2]  River Road Launch - Mile 19.1
Position: 41-52.15 N 72-47.55 W
Altitude: 150 feet
Boat Launch:
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Nearest Launch Address:
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Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 10.9 miles 19 minutes)
From Interstate 91 in take Exit 35 A (or B if traveling north) for Route 218 West:
  1. Mile 0.0, Head southwest toward Interstate 84 West.
  2. At mile 3.8, at the stop light, turn right onto Route189 North.
  3. At mile 4.4, at the stop light, turn left onto Gabb Road.
  4. ​At mile 5.0, at the stop sign, turn left onto Route 178 West.
  5. Follow the road east. The launch is on the left before E. Weatogue Street enters on right.
  6. At mile 6.2, turn right onto Route 185 West.
  7. At mile 8.4,turn right onto East Weatogue Street.
  8. At mile 9.3, turn left onto Riverside Road.
  9. At mile 10.9, make a sharp left onto Riverside Road.
  10. The roadside boat ramp will be 50 yards on your right.
Roadside parking only for this boat ramp.
It  is possible to launch a small trailer motor boat.
 [6]Under Route 187 Bridge East Granby - Mile 12.3
Position: 41-53.83 N 72-44.93 W
Altitude: 104 feet
Boat Launch:
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Nearest Launch Address:
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3E193 Spoonville Road, East Granby, CT 06026{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 8.6 miles 14 minutes)
From Interstate 91 itake Exit 37:
  1. Head west on Route 305 West.
  2. At mile 2.4, at the stop light, turn right onto Route 187 North.
  3. At mile 5.7, take the Route 189 North ramp to Tariffville/Granby.
  4. At mile 6.6, continue onto Route 189 North.
  5. ​At mile 7.5, turn left onto Elm Street.
  6. At mile 7.9, Elm Street turns slightly left at stop sign and becomes Route 315 West/Tariffville Road.
  7. At mile 8.8, arrive at the park entrance.  There is a park sign.
  8. Follow the dirt road to the car top launch.
Pull over off the road near this bridge.
Follow the short trail down to the river for easy access.
 [3] Richard E. Curtiss Park - Mile 15.9
Position: 41-53.93 N 72-46.76 W
Altitude: 141 feet
Boat Launch:
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3ECar top boat launch.  Enter the park on a dirt road.  Follow it to the river where you can launch your boat in the shade of trees.
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Nearest Launch Address:
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3E62 Tariffville Road, Simsbury, CT 06070{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 8.6 miles 14 minutes)
From Interstate 91 itake Exit 37:
  1. Head west on Route 305 West.
  2. At mile 2.4, at the stop light, turn right onto Route 187 North.
  3. At mile 5.7, take the Route 189 North ramp to Tariffville/Granby.
  4. At mile 6.6, continue onto Route 189 North.
  5. ​At mile 7.5, turn left onto Elm Street.
  6. At mile 7.9, Elm Street turns slightly left at stop sign and becomes Route 315 West/Tariffville Road.
  7. At mile 8.8, arrive at the park entrance.  There is a park sign.
  8. Follow the dirt road to the car top launch.
Enter the park as seen here.
Follow around the dirt road loop and launch your car top boat.
 [7] Rainbow Reservoir State Boat Launch -Mile 9.0
Position: 41-54.85 N 72-42.29 W
Altitude: 95 feet
Boat Launch:
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Follow the paved road to the boat ramp.  Plenty of parking even vehicles with trailers. The ramp is good for all types of boats.
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Nearest Launch Address:
{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DStartFragment%2D%2D%3E118 Merriman Road, Windsor, CT 06095{cke_protected}{C}%3C!%2D%2DEndFragment%2D%2D%3E
Put-In/Take-Out Directions ( 9.9 miles 19 minutes)
From Interstate 91 Exit 40 for Route 20 toward Bradley International Airport:
  1. At mile 2.5, take the Hamilton Road South exit.
  2. At mile 2.7, at the stop sign, turn left onto Hamilton Road.
  3. ​At mile 2.9, at the stop sign, turn right onto Rainbow Road.
  4. At mile 4.0, turn left onto Merriman Road.
  5. At mile 4.4, turn left at the small brown boat ramp sign.
  6. At mile 4.7, at the end of the dirt road, arrive at boat ramp.
Follow the paved entrance road 0.3 miles to this parking area.
This State Boat Ramp is good for all types of boats.