The first sections of the Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway, a 3.7 mile segment in Springfield and a 1.7 mile segment in Agawam, are now open to the public. For most of its proposed 20-mile corridor, the River Walk will run immediately adjacent to the banks of the Connecticut River, passing through a continuous greenbelt and offering majestic river views. Much of this area is publicly-owned municipal flood control land. Where a riverside route is unfeasible, connections will be made through bike lanes added to town and city streets.
The longest river in New England, the Connecticut River is the Pioneer Valley’s most prominent natural asset. For centuries it’s been a source of regional identity and pride. But in recent times we’ve been cut off from the river by flood control dikes, railroad tracks, Route 5 and Interstate 91. The Connecticut River Walk & Bikeway has been conceived to revitalize the Connecticut Riverfront, restoring it as a focus of life in the region.