Southern CT

Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Bluff Point

Date

8/23/20 9:00am to 4:00pm

Bring your whole family and join us at Bluff Point, Groton, CT for SECT NEMBA's Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride!

Bluff Point offers a wide variety of riding and activities for the whole family. The varied terrain is perfect for all riders offering easy fire roads, fun cross country single track, and even some technical playgrounds for the advanced rider. Bring your group and explore the flagged routes!

Meet and get to know Groton Open Space Association and all they have done for the open spaces within Groton, CT including their X-Town trail. GOSA and NEMBA have become close partners in enhancing open space recreational opportunities in the area.

Along with the great riding, there are other activities for the whole family with access to nearby beaches, great hiking, with views of Mumford Cove, Thames and Poquonnock Rivers. Nearby boat launch for canoeing, paddleboarding and fishing. (Boating & Fishing permits required, Boat launch is "car top-carry in" only).

REGISTRATION STARTS AT 9AM

MARKED LOOP WITH OPTIONS RANGING UP TO 18 MILES

Cost:

$10 Members

$ 25 Non Members

FREE if you join or renew your NEMBA membership at the event!

Kids 12 & under ride free with a registered adult

Directions: 55 Depot Rd, Groton, CT 06340

All proceeds go toward preserving our local trails, supporting the local Parks & Forests, education, advocacy & community mountain bike events."

Thank you for all of your support, we anticipate the event will grow this year! Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Read more about Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Bluff Point

Chapter

Central CT Fairfield County Housatonic Valley NEMBA Northwest CT Quiet Corner Rhode Island Southeastern CT NEMBA

Trail

Event Leader

Kimberly Bradley
kimberlybradley628@gmail.com

Fairfield County

Representing riders in Fairfield Country, we are committed to building a vibrant and sustainable mountain biking community by putting on rides, festivals, trail building events, and building close partnerships with local Park, Preserve, and Open Space Owners and Managers.

We put on dozens of rides and have contributed over 600 hours a year of volunteer labor to the 50+ miles of trail we maintain with our Land Manager/Owner partners. Look for us at your local park or click the join link to become an FC NEMBA member and get access to events, festivals, and local shop discounts while giving back to your local trails. We welcome new members and need your help to make our area better and better for riding.

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Southern CT

Bradley Park

37-59 Oak Ledge Ln
Wilton  Connecticut  06897
United States

Easy

90%

Moderate

10%

Difficult

0%

Description

Although Bradley is a somewhat small park, you can ride any section in both directions and string a bunch together for a solid hour or so of decent riding. Generally folks head in from Oak Ledge Lane. Take a left at the three-way intersection and continue around the park in a clockwise direction. There are a number of yellow-blazed offshoots as well. Eventually these will be joined to provide another loop.

Everything on the main trails is fairly easy but there are a few hills, roots and rocks, as well as a couple of rollers and drops scattered throughout the park. There are also a few wooden boardwalk/bridges. Not worth a long drive because of the size, but if you're local it's a lot of fun and fairly scenic.

  Read more about Bradley Park

Local Shops

New Canaan Bicycles

Ridgefield Bicycle

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern CT

Bluff Point State Park

55 Depot Road
Groton  Connecticut  06340 ‎
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

15%

Description

If you want coastal riding with Long Island Sound frontage, this is your best option in CT by far. Bluff Point State Park is really two areas: The state park is the smaller of the two, the coastal reserve is what everyone considers "Bluff Point". The area has a main fire road loop around the perimeter which is double track and perfect for family riding. The front gravel road is the easiest and the back road a bit rugged, but passable. A cinder road leads eastward from the parking area over toward the Amtrak tracks linking Bluff Point to Haley Farm State Park. Great to add distance. As for single track, go south past the park signs and take your first left. You're in a network of trails traversing the hill, riding the "double down" into "the swamp" and finding the good stuff. For more free-ride type trails, venture north of the cinder road into the "Ho-Chi Min" area in the state park section. Cool stuff in there. Be sure and ride the main fire road to the beach and bluff viewing spot and see if you can find the single track along the cliffs. Beautiful in the morning at sunrise. Read more about Bluff Point State Park

Local Shops

Wayfarer Bicycle

Links to Relevant Resources

Local Eats

The Spot Cafe

Southern CT

Bennetts Pond

216-316 Ned's Mountain Rd
Ridgefield  Connecticut  06877
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

50%

Description

Bennett's Pond is part of the Connecticut State Park System. Together with Ridgefield's Hemlock Hills, Pine Mountain and Lake Windwing [Ridgefield Open Space Association (ROSA)] it forms one of the largest nature preserves in the Southwest portion of the state. Glacial activity has left numerous erratic boulders and small cliffs throughout the area. Featuring a wide variety of terrain it's a picturesque place and any ride here is bound to be memorable.

The area consists of meadows, woodlands, wetlands and steep ridges all traversed by great trails of varying difficulty. The ride down to the pond is an easy and fast downhill but as you go north into Pine Mountain or further west into Hemlock Hills, the terrain can be challenging.

Trails feature twisty tight single track along rock-strewn ridges; there's even a massive slick rock section. With some hike a bike in the northern reaches—Bennetts is still a diamond in the rough but an awesome park to explore.

Fore more information go to the Fairfield Couty NEMBA website. Read more about Bennetts Pond

Local Shops

Ridgefield Bicycle

Links to Relevant Resources

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