last changed 11/24/2009
Distance: 2.4 miles
Access Points: Shaw's Parking Lot on South Willow Street
The South Manchester Rail Trail is partially paved and is located parallel to South Willow Street, the most traffic congested area of the City. The 10 ft trail is paved from Beech Street to Gold Street, and provides abutting neighborhoods with access to the wealth of amenities on South Willow Street without utilizing a motorized vehicle. In addition to connecting residents with the retail options, the trail also runs along Nutt's Pond and connects to Precourt Park, where recreational soccer and baseball leagues host local teams.
The City of Manchester is working to further develop the South Manchester Rail Trail to Goffs Falls Road, in order to connect additional neighborhoods to the South Willow Street Amenities, as well as the Post Office, Goffs Falls School and additional recreational facilities. This next phase will also help to lessen the traffic impact on South Willow Street and the ajoining neighborhoods, by providing residents with an healthy and safe alternative to traveling in their motorized vehicles.