West River Trail Detour Open at Southern Trailhead

Great news! The trail detour around the I-91 bridge construction has been completed, and the southern trailhead near the Marina Restaurant is now open. The ephemeral spring wildflowers are profuse. It is a good time to get out and explore the Riverstone Preserve and the West River Trail. Photos by Alex Wilson.

Here’s the update from Jason Cooper:
Over the last couple of weeks we have been able to re-route the part of the trail between the interstate bridge and the trailhead by the Marina Restaurant. Thanks to the generous support of: Adam Winstanley, who permitted us to move the trail on to his property, PCL, the interstate bridge contractor, J. Evans construction, who skillfully built the new trail segment, and several volunteers, we are open at last.
The new section of trail passes under the interstate on the hill just below the bridge abutment. This location offers a great vantage point to watch the bridge construction. Today I watched them drilling holes for the new bridge footings. Happy Trails.
To access the detour trail from the Marina trailhead, look carefully for a small yellow sign & turn right up the hill. Look closely and take care – the sign is easy to miss. See photo below.


4 thoughts on “West River Trail Detour Open at Southern Trailhead

  1. Dear Peter,

    I was so excited to get this email that I set out on a walk. I have to say that the trail was mighty confusing. It seems to peter out just as it’s heading to the bridge underpass. Is this the end of the trail for now? There were no further signs and one is left entirely confused, at least I was, at this point.

    Thanks for clarifying.

    All the best,


    • Hi Miri,
      Thanks for commenting and stopping by the website and the trail! Here is a clarification from Jason Cooper: “It’s possible that you missed the right turn just past the contractor staging area in the corn field. You should have turned right and gone up the hill on the new trail there. If you weren’t looking for the turn at that point you could miss it which would take you into the construction site.”
      Let us know how it goes, Miri! 🙂

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