Bigelow Hollow State Park / Nipmuck State Forest

Northern CT

Bigelow Hollow State Park / Nipmuck State Forest

Route 171
Union  Connecticut  06076
United States

Easy

10%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

60%

Description

Bigelow Hollow, You'll either love it or you'll hate it. Hidden in the Nipmuck State Forest you'll find some of the tightest, hardpacked, flowy singletrack that New England has to offer. But to find that you will have to ride through some hardcore rock gardens and up steep hills. These rock gardens are not only tricky because of the rock placement but also because they are always damp, even in an August drought.

Want a 3.5 hour loop that'll make your legs turn to Jell-O but will leave your heart wanting more? Drive down the paved park road from the Park Entrance to the 3rd Parking Lot. From there head strait accross the road and follow the white blazed double track park road for 1 mile until you come to a clearing where you will see a small wooden sign with a white blaze that is labeled "East Ridge Trail" follow that. At the conclusion of the East Ridge Trail you will come down a steep down hill that you will want good brakes for. Take a right onto the double track and follow that around the tip of "Breakneck Pond". After that look for "Ridge Trail" which is blazed with Blue and Orange. Warning: one section of that trail is a hike a bike section unless you are a highly skilled trials rider. Follow the Ridge Trail all the way back to the parking lot where you began, but dont forget to enjoy the view along the way. Bonus points if you can find the rabbit rock, a section of slick rock with a small rabbit carved into it.

Directions
I-84 to Exit 73 or 74, then follow Route 190 north to Route 171 east to the park entrance

Review by: David Julien

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