Hockanum River Linear Park Committee founder Dr. Douglas H. Smith passed away on March 28, 2017.
To read Doug's obituary, from the April 9, 2017 Hartford Courant, please click obituary.
On June 1, 2018, Bryan Island was formally renamed to "Doug Smith Island", in a ceremony on the
island. To access a section on the dedication ceremony in this website, please click ceremony.

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The Hockanum* River Linear Park Committee is a subcommittee of the Manchester Conservation Commission. Since 1970, this group of volunteers has maintained the approximately 15 miles of hiking trails alongside the Hockanum River. These volunteers and other civic organizations, such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, have worked to preserve the scenic woodlands, wetlands and wildlife on the river and to provide hiking trails for public recreation.

For information on each of the 9 trails maintained by the Committee, click on the Trail Link below; or click within the colored trail area on the Town of Manchester map.

If you're unable to print off copies of the trail map(s) you're interested in, the Customer Service Center at the Manchester Town Hall on 41 Center Street in Manchester, CT will be able to help, by printing out copies from this web site on their printers. Click here: Manchester Town Hall  for information on contacting them.
*The word HOCKANUM comes from the Native American word "Hocquaun", meaning a hook-shaped or crooked river.

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