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This multi-use trail with an easy grade that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Take a morning or evening stroll along this trail that hugs the bank of the Roaring Fork River.

The Atkinson Canal trail is located along the Roaring Fork River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. It was built over an irrigation ditch that was originally constructed in 1884 to supply water to the area that is currently the site of the Glenwood Meadows Shopping Center, but fell out of use in the year 2000.

The entire trail is paved and wheelchair accessible. The section of the trail that parallels the river stays mostly flat. Both ends of the trail climb from the level of the river to that of the city streets and may require a little assistance. From there the trail passes through private property where travel is restricted to the trail itself and no river access is available. The Old Cardiff Bridge comes up just under the one mile point of the trail.

Trail amenities include benches, picnic tables, riverside beach access and a gravel path for runners.

Trail Details

• Uses: Walking, jogging, cycling
• Length: 3.1 miles out and back
• Ability Rating: Easy
• Usage: Moderate
• Wheelchair accessible
• Dogs permitted, with leash


Parking located on Midland Avenue just north of Mountain Market


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Visit Glenwood Springs

We are pleased to announce the US Forest Service rebuild of the Hanging Lake Trail that is set to begin this spring will allow for hiking on a limited basis through the construction period. Reservations will be available weekly, with available hiking dates and times released every Tuesday at 8:00 am MDT. This system aims to streamline access to the trail during construction, while ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience for all visitors.

 Visit the Hanging Lake page HERE for more information and the booking portal.