Northern CT

NEMBA Trail School @ Goodwin State Forest

Monday, May 19, 2014

Riders and trail enthusiasts from an array of organizations gathered at Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut for NEMBA's annual two-day course in trail design, construction and maintenance.

In addition to riders from numerous NEMBA chapters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, participants came from the Connecticut Parks & Forests Association, the Central CT Regional Planning Agency, the Friends of Goodwin State Park, Greenfield Trails Association (NH), Londonderry Trails (NH) and even as far away as the Gennesee Region Offroad Cyclists (Rochester, NY).

In the NEMBA tradition of "work hard, play harder", the course featured not only classroom instruction but outdoors hands-on build clinics as well as an epic ride on the extensive trail system that encompasses Goodwin State Forest and Natchaug State Forest.

“Our trail school is key to increasing our capacity to improve and build more trails,” commented NEMBA director, Philip Keyes. “I’m confident that everyone who attended this year’s class will go on to put on their own trail care events and help us build a better New England for trails and trail-based recreation in all its forms.”

Our thanks to the supportive staff at the Goodwin Conservation Center and the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for opening their doors to us and allowing us to camp out -- the evening bonfire was great!  We also thank the Friends of Goodwin State Forest for helping with project locations. Lastly, a huge shout-out of thanks to our NEMBA instructors, Paula Burton, Adam Glick, Maciej Sobieszek and Mike Tabaczynski, and to our ride leaders, Stacey Jimenez and Glenn Newcombe.

If you missed out, mark your calendars now for the May 21-22, 2015.

QC NEMBA - TRAIL DAY - West Thompson Dam


5/31/14 7:30am

Want more rideable miles at WTD? Come out and give us a hand in a bit of trail work to improve your riding experience. 

Can only spare a few hours? GREAT! Extra hands for some time is better than none. 

Minors are welcome to attend under the supervision of a parent or guardian. We love to see the youngsters learning to care for the trails.

The Chapter will be providing lunch for volunteers. 

What to bring:
• Work Gloves
• Work or hiking boots
• Water bottle or other hydration system (camelbak)
• Bug Spray
• Mattocks, Rock Bars, leaf rakes... 
      (The chapter has tools available, but extra would be helpful if you have them)

Other items not to forget:
• Your bike & riding gear :)


7:30AM - Registration (Waiver forms) & instructions.

8:00AM - Heading out to the work site. 

Noonish - Clean-up followed by lunch.

1:30PM ish - Ride


West Thompson Dam, West Thompson, CT


Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez

Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride


6/8/14 9:00am to 3:00pm

A FREE, fun day of riding for all ages and abilities.
• All rides will be guided.
• No riders will be left behind.
• Helmets are REQUIRED.


FAMILY RIDE : (4-6 miles) Casual family pace, Airline Trail.
Departure time: 11AM

BEGINNER RIDE: (8-10 miles) Casual pace, no drop, single & double track. Departure time: 10:30AM

INTERMEDIATE RIDE: (10-14 miles) Intermello pace, no drop, some technical. Departure time: 9:30AM

ADVANCED RIDE: (15-20 miles) Faster paced, no drop. Tech, climbs and more... Departure time: 9:30AM


9 - 11 AM - Registration

9:30 AM - Guided Advanced & Intermediate Rides depart

10:30 AM - Guided Beginner Ride departs

11:00 AM - Guided Family Ride departs

12:30 PM - Post ride Potluck/BYO cookout. Read more about Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride


James L Goodwin State Forest


Quiet Corner


Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez

QC NEMBA Kids & Family Ride


6/22/19 (All day)

Quiet Corner NEMBA "Off Road On Two Wheels" Kids & Family Ride

"Acorn Adventures: Off-Road on Two Wheels with QC NEMBA” is a free kids/family ride in partnership with The Last Green Valley’s "Acorn Adventures" series and scheduled for June 22, from 10AM to 12PM.

Children will learn safety and riding tips to make trail riding fun and a way to enjoy nature while exploring on two wheels.

Friendly QC NEMBA volunteers will introduce kids to mountain biking on cart roads and single-track trails or hop on the Airline Trail for a gravel grind.

Kids must be comfortable riding their bikes and will be split into groups according to experience.

Ages 8 and up are recommended but participation is up to the discretion of parents and the QC NEMBA volunteers.

Helmets and bikes are required.

Parents must attend (they can ride also, but are not required to).

Bring water and dress appropriately.

Snacks will be waiting at the end of the ride.

Weather permitting, no rain date.

Pre-registration required, contact Fran Kefalas at or call 860-774-3300.

Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time. Read more about QC NEMBA Kids & Family Ride


Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Cris Cadiz

QC NEMBA Spring Outdoors Ride @ Goodwin SF


5/18/19 (All day)

“Spring Outdoors” Mountain Bike Ride at Goodwin State Forest

May 18, 9AM-12PM (May 19 rain date)

In conjunction with The Last Green Valley’s “Spring Outdoors” series of free events, Quiet Corner NEMBA will lead guided mountain bike rides through Goodwin State Forest’s trails in Hampton, CT. These rides are open to all levels. Groups will be divided to cater to various experience levels. All welcome, including families & beginners.  Bike & helmet required. 

For more details & weather updates: See our event post at or

For info on The Last Green Valley, National Heritage Corridor, visit

Address: 23 Potter Rd, Hampton, CT 06247 

Contact: Cris Cadiz


Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time. Read more about QC NEMBA Spring Outdoors Ride @ Goodwin SF


Quiet Corner


Event Leader

Cris Cadiz

Quiet Corner NEMBA Green Fall Trail Day #2


4/14/19 (All day)


Our years of collaboration, scouting, marking, proposing, reviewing, waiting, waiting and more waiting are finally over!! The new trail is going in!

We will be entering at the Rte 138 entrance gate closest to the RI border (Green Pond Fall Rd) at 9:00 AM.

Look for our volunteer at the gate to direct you.

We'll be done by 1:00 PM.

Tools will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring clippers and pruners.

All trail days are open to members and non-members. We love having the local community of trail users involved.

Funded in part by The Last Green Valley

For quicker check-in please sign the online trail work waiver. Read more about Quiet Corner NEMBA Green Fall Trail Day #2


Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride in Burlington CT

Event Date

6/9/19 9:00am to 3:00pm

Join Northwest  CT NEMBA for a day of riding in Burlington CT.

There will be group rides as well as marked courses for all levels of riders.

Cost: $10.00 for NEMBA members, $25.00 for non-members and FREE for anyone who joins NEMBA, or renews their membership, at the event - Kids 15 and under ride free with a registered parent or Guardian. Read more about Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride in Burlington CT




Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style


Ride Leader Name

Jon Regan

QC NEMBA Goodwin Natchaug Epic Fun Ride


6/1/19 (All day)

Goodwin Natchaug Epic Fun Ride

We’re going for broke again. We have some ideas being tossed around for another epic adventure. This year we will be featuring more of Natchaug, but still offering up some of the Goodwin trails you love.

The ride will start from 23 Potter Rd in Hampton.

Short Loop: (6ish miles) Enjoy the scenic trails of Goodwin State Forest and preview some of the great riding it has to offer.

Intermediate Loop: (15+ miles) Not interested in the Epic challenge, but definitely looking for more than 6 miles. No worries, we’ve got you covered. This loop will start off with a great cadence warm up heading straight out toward Natchaug. You will get a nice sample of some of Natchaug’s finest and then you can enjoy a great rest stop, with tons of character, some refreshments and snacks, and a few laughs while you gear up for the rest of your ride. You will have the option of SingleTrack or Airline on the return to the potluck you, no doubt, earned.

Epic Loop: (25+ miles) If you’ve attended this event in the past and attempted to be hero for a day by going for the long loop, you know how EPIC of a ride the combination of these two forests presents.

This year you will be taking on more of the gnar of Natchaug, where the majority of your battle will be. Then come back through after the grueling assault to gather your strength before making the final push back to Goodwin for the pot luck BBQ.

Once again we’ve put together a new loop to keep it interesting, and keep you wondering why you chose to torture yourselves.

This event will be running in conjunction with CT Trails Day Weekend activities at Goodwin Conservation Center, so bring the family to enjoy non biking activities as well. For more information on other activities visit Friends of Goodwin Forest

The Goodwin/Natchaug combination provides riders with a vast array of trails, route options, and miles upon miles of endless terrain to explore. Running through part of both of these state forests, there is also the Airline Trail, a section of the East Coast Greenway, which provides a scenic option for the more casual rider.

9am - Registration/ Show & Go (Arrowed Loops)
10am - Beginner/Mellow Loop Guided Ride
12:30pm - Potluck or BYO BBQ Picnic

*Helmets Required*

All loops will be marked for self guided rides or join a guided ride.

$10 Members
$15 Not Yet Members

Ride FREE when you join as a NEW NEMBA member at the event. 15 & under ride free with an adult. Read more about QC NEMBA Goodwin Natchaug Epic Fun Ride


Quiet Corner


Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez