With hundreds of access points and over 50 primitive campsites, the Connecticut River provides a unique experience to paddle through the heart of New England. The Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail is a series of primitive campsites and river access points from its headwaters in New Hampshire’s Great North Woods south to Long Island Sound. A variety of organizations assist with trail planning and development. With the support of the community, work continues to protect the river corridor, construct new campsites and portage trails, and expand the Paddlers’Trail from source to sea.

Flood Restoration Work Above Bellows Falls

8/1/2023: This afternoon, Great River Hydro will begin drawing down the impoundment upstream of Bellows Falls dam as part of the necessary restoration of the spillway following the July 10-11 high flows event on the Connecticut River.

GRH will slowly lower the impoundment, conduct the necessary post-flood restoration work, and then gradually refill the impoundment to normal operating levels. The entire process will take approximately 3 days.

Connecticut River Paddlers Trail Map and Guide (MA/CT)


New! This six panel map covers the Connecticut River from the Massachusetts border south to Long Island Sound - a distance of a 130 miles. Developed by Appalachian Mountain Club and the Connecticut River Conservancy, with support from from the Wilderness Map Company, this beautiful and function map is waterproof and adventure ready.

Price: $11.95

Available Sites

Volunteers are the core of the trail. We are looking for help monitor and maintain the following sites. If you are interested in adopting the site, please contact the partner organization associated with the site. Thank you!