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 Vernon Greenways Volunteers, in association with the Hockanum River Linear Park committee (HRLP, a subcommittee of Vernon Parks and Recreation), assist in the maintenance, enhancement and proper use of the 30+ miles of trails in Vernon, CT; including 3 trails along the Hockanum* River. These volunteers and other civic organizations have worked to preserve the scenic woodlands, wetlands and wildlife on the river and to provide hiking trails for public recreation.

For information on the Hockanum River trails maintained by the Volunteers and the HRLP, click on the appropriate Trail Link or on the colored segment itself on the Town of Vernon map.

Please note: The Franklin Street Trail starts in Vernon and proceeds north into Ellington. Since the Trail is defined as an "Ellington" trail (only about 850 feet of its 1-mile length are in Vernon), clicking on this will link you to the Ellington Franklin Street trail description.

For information on all trails and greenways maintained by the VGV, please click the "Vernon Greenways" link at the top of this page.

For information on the VGV organization, please click here: Vernon Greenways Volunteers .

Contact Us

To contact a representative of the VGV, please e-mail: vernongreenways@att.net.

*The word HOCKANUM comes from the Native American word "Hocquaun", meaning a hook-shaped or crooked river.

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