Hop River

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Hop River
Country United States
State Connecticut
Counties Tolland
Source Unnamed marsh
 - location Bolton, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States
 - coordinates 41°47′18″N 72°26′06″W / 41.78833°N 72.43500°W / 41.78833; -72.43500
Mouth Willimantic River
 - location Columbia, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States
 - coordinates 41°43′23″N 72°15′00″W / 41.72306°N 72.25000°W / 41.72306; -72.25000Coordinates: 41°43′23″N 72°15′00″W / 41.72306°N 72.25000°W / 41.72306; -72.25000

The Hop River's marshy source is just southeast of Bolton Notch, Connecticut. It flows for about 15.0 miles (24.1 km) to its confluence with the Willimantic River.[1] There is a popular paddling route beginning where the Skungamaug River enters the Hop River just north of the Hendee Road bridge and ending at the Willimantic River. Most of this route consists of quick-water, but a few Class I and Class II whitewater areas exist.

The Hop River State Park Trail crosses the river twice and is parallel to the river for the majority of the river's length.


The Hop River does not refer to the common hop Humulus lupulus used in brewing. Hop is pronounced like and generally spelled Hope. A 'Hope' is a small enclosed valley, esp. a smaller opening branching out from the main dale and running up to the mountain ranges; the upland part of a mountain valley. The river flowing down the Hope is called Hope River, but in the present case the river is spelled Hop River.[citation needed]


County Town Carrying
Tolland Bolton US 6 (1961).svg US 6 (twice

in a row)

Coventry South St.
Andover Times Farm Rd.
Hendee Rd.
Long Hill Rd.
Bunker Hill Rd.
Coventry Parker Bridge Rd.
Columbia Parkiconsimple.gif Hop River State

Park Trail (twice in a


Hop River Rd.
Pucker Rd.
US 6 (1961).svg US 6

(Willimantic Bypass)

MUTCD R15-1.svg Abandoned

Railroad Bridge

Flanders Rd.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed April 1, 2011

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