Great River Park
301 East River Drive, East Hartford
Walk to Hartford, launch your boat, take a waterfront stroll or enjoy a picnic lunch at the Great River Park. With its 350 seat amphitheater, sculptures and public art, the Park is a pocket of cultural beauty, offering both an oasis from the ordinary and amenities including almost five miles of riverwalk, transient boat docking, fishing, picnicking, a playground, onsite parking, and restrooms.
Located just across the water from Hartford, pedestrians can easily access the city by crossing either the Charter Oak Bridge or The Founders Bridge Promenade.
|Great River Park offers:|
|Boat Launch||Picnic tables|
|Performance facilities||Paved & lighted walkways|
|Free onsite parking||Fishing access|
|Children’s playground||Public bathroom / port-o-lets|
|Sculptures / public art|
To see our boat docking policy, click here.
WALKS and TRAILS
Great River Park, East Hartford
2.8 mile loop. Approximate walking time: 50 minutes
From the parking lot, proceed in either direction along the river. Walk south to the Hockanum River and return for a one-mile walk or continue north to the Bulkeley Bridge and return for the full 2.8 mile walk. The walkway is paved and lighted its entire length.
Great River Park to Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, East Hartford and Hartford
2 mile loop. Approximate walking time: 40 minutes
From the parking lot, proceed north past the boat ramp towards Riverpoint Condominiums. As you approach the Founders Bridge, turn right and climb the stairs to the promenade above you or continue straight along the riverwalk to the stone arched Bulkeley Bridge. Once at the Bulkeley Bridge turn right onto the top of dike walkway and follow it down to East River Dr and under the highway bridge. Use either the handicap ramp or climb the stairs to access the promenade walkway into Hartford and onto Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Simply reverse the directions to return to Great River Park. This walkway is paved and lighted in its entirety.
DOCKS & BOAT RAMPS - For specific Dock and Boat Ramp Information, click here.
PARK RULES & REGULATIONS - For park rules and regulations, click here. PARK RULES & REGULATIONS - Please note: Due to liability and legal restrictions, NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES of any kind may be brought into the Riverfront Parks by any party. Riverfront Recapture is the only licensed authority to sell and serve liquor for consumption in the Riverfront Parks.
Private Events in the Riverfront Parks
Celebrate your special occasion amidst the beauty and serenity of our natural park settings. We can host wedding ceremonies, private parties, picnics, reunions, church functions and other group events almost anywhere in our Parks*. To reserve space for your event in our parks, call 860.713.3131 x 323. * Please note: Availability may be limited for wedding ceremonies in Riverside Park. Restrictions may apply.