Southern 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.

Fairfield County NEMBA Winter Social - Where the Trail Ends Movie

Date

3/16/14 5:00pm to 11:00pm

FC NEMBA Annual Winter Social - March 16th Doors open at 4pm for socializing & movie starts at 5:30@ Ridgefield Playhouse
$15 in Advance / $20 at the Door. Includes venue access, cupcakes, soda & beer, fun and the Fairfield County premiere of Where the Trail Ends provided free by Red Bull Media house.

... details to come on advance purchase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUsc1ewgUQ
Read more about Fairfield County NEMBA Winter Social - Where the Trail Ends Movie

Location

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Chapter

Central CT Fairfield County

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker
rrtucker@gmail.com

HV NEMBA Trail School

Date

4/26/20 8:00am to 3:00pm

HV NEMBA Trail School

This Trail School is presented by the Housatonic Valley Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association, Western Council of Governments and Flanders Nature Center. It will be held at the Nature Center which is located at 596 Flander Rd in Woodbury.

   While this is listed as an HV NEMBA event it is not limited to HV NEMBA members. 

To sign up go HERE!

This one day course is perfect for riders, trail enthusiasts, land stewards and land managers interested in learning about what makes for sustainable, enjoyable multi -use trails and how to take care of them.

The course will include classroom presentations on the best practices of trail design, building and maintenance in the morning at the Flanders Nature Center and after lunch we will head outside for hands-on practice.

Coffee, snacks and lunch will be included.

The cost is $20.

The clinic will run from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, and there may be an optional group ride after.

Bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, and water bottle.

We will supply tools.

   Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Trail Care Waiver ahead of time.

  Read more about HV NEMBA Trail School

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@gmail.com

HV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Social

Date

1/26/20 (All day)

Housatonice Valley NEMBA Chapetr Meeting & Social

On Wednesday Jan 26, 6:30 pm HV NEMBA will be aving a winter meeting and social at Class Cycles located at 77 Main St in N Southbury CT.

Francis Pickering will be showing slides of his recent mountain biking adventure in South Africa. 

Pizza will be served.

   You do not have to be a member of  NEMBA to attend. Read more about HV NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Social

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@aol.com

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride & Huntington Happening with FC NEMBA, HV NEMBA and CCT NEMBA

Event Date

5/30/20 9:00am to 2:00pm

Save the date - Huntington Happening is back! Join us Saturday May 30, 2020 for a great day on bikes at Huntington State Park.

A day on bikes for the whole family, with led group rides and lots of fun on 2 wheels...more info coming soon.

Brought to you by the fantastic trio of NEMBA chapters: HVNemba, Central CT Nemba and Fairfield County NEMBA. More details to follow! Read more about Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride & Huntington Happening with FC NEMBA, HV NEMBA and CCT NEMBA

Location

Huntington State Park

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Central CT NEMBA 2019 Turkey Burner South

Event Date

11/29/19 10:00am

Get ready for the 2019 Turkey Burner South - this year at Rockland!  Join us on Friday, November 29, 2019, 10 AM at the Dead Hill Road lot (Durham, CT) for an intermediate no-drop ride through Singletracks of Rockland.  All are welcome to ride and burn off that Thanksgiving feast!  Snow, rain, or <20F temps cancels.

Helmets and mountain bikes in good working order required.

Riders must be waivered.  You can save time by siginig NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

 

Image may contain: people sitting Read more about Central CT NEMBA 2019 Turkey Burner South

Location

Rockland Preserve North Gate, Dead Hill Rd, Durham CT

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

John Puziss

FC NEMBA Trail Work Day Trumbull Edition

Date

11/16/19 9:00am to 1:00pm

Fixing the famed floating bridge at north end of Serengeti.
Looking for strong folks to come lend a hand, lots of heavy lifting and hauling material.
Waders needed - if you have them bring them!
Serious work gloves and warm clothing essential.

For most up-to-date event info, check our FB page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fcnemba/

Thanks for giving back! Read more about FC NEMBA Trail Work Day Trumbull Edition

Location

Trumbull

Chapter

Fairfield County

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Malwitz
fcnemba@gmail.com

Southern CT

Larkin Trail State Park

816 Church St #684
Naugatuck  Connecticut  06770
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

30%

Description

The Larkin Trail State Park is a Rail Trail in the towns of Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford and Southbury. It's a dirt trail, a former railbed, a littlr over 10 miles long and as such it offers a perfect riding surface for new riders and families with kids on small bikes. There are also a number of singletrack trails leading off the rail trail that more experienced riders will enjoy exploring.

A good description of the rail trail can be found on the DEEP's website

The Larkin Trail is a wide dirt trail with low grades, with some short sections of singletrack.

Larkin is a fun trail and the views are good.

The directions at the top of this page lead you to the Eastern end of the trail in the Whittemore Glen State Park Scenic Preserve.

There are a number of other parking areas which are listed on the DEEP's website. Read more about Larkin Trail State Park

Links to Relevant Resources

HV NEMBA Trail Care & Trail Scouting

Date

12/15/19 (All day)

HV NEMBA Trail Day @ Rockhouse

Light maintenance and trail scouting with Joe Lanier.

Meet at the Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary Rt. 188 parking lot at 10am.

Bring loppers and hand saws.

We have some tools, but may be helpful to bring your own.

Possible ride after.

   Save time by signing NEMBA's Ride and Trail Care Waivers ahead of time if you havent already done so.

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend. You just have to want to see Rockhouse's trails get better. Read more about HV NEMBA Trail Care & Trail Scouting

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Trail

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@gmail.com

Pages