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Trout Brook, Weston

2-98 Bradley Rd
Weston  Connecticut  06883
United States

Easy

15%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

50%

Description

Note: As of May 2020, there are no dogs allowed. The preserve has five entrances, all with parking, and Bradley Road has limited parking. Print a hiking map, find the access roads, and spread yourselves out.

Trout Brook Valley (TBV)—owned and managed by the Aspetuck Land Trust—is actually composed of three parcels, the Trout Brook Valley, Crow Hill, and Jump Hill Preserves.

TBV is one of the best hiking and technical XC parks in the county. Most of the trails are tight twisty singletrack with technically challenging sections (loads of rocks, steep climbs, etc.). A great 12+ mile ride can be had by ..... Going to the Fairfield County NEMBA website and looking at their map.

The description below is from the Aspetuck Land Trust's website

A crown jewel, the 730-acre Trout Brook Valley Preserve (TBV) was saved from developers in 1999 by Aspetuck Land Trust and concerted citizen action including key support from actor and philanthropist and Westporter Paul Newman and his daughter Lissy Newman.  The property was purchased for $11.3 million with financial support from the State of Connecticut and thousands of local contributors including Mr. Newman.  Before being purchased by Aspetuck Land Trust, the land was slated to be sold to a developer who wanted to build luxury homes and a golf course.  It is now a largely pristine landscape with nearly 14 miles of trails, ranging from easy to difficult. The trails take the hiker past dramatic displays of New England nature at its best, scenic overlooks, and lush Apple and Blueberry orchards. In general, the trails slope upward, sometimes sharply, from the Weston entrance to the Easton entrance off Route 58. Two of the trails are designed for equestrian use. Several trails are linked to the extensive trail systems in the adjoining Jump Hill  (117-acres) and Crow Hill (162-acres) Preserves which make up a combined land area of 1,009-acres and include a combined 20 miles of hiking and biking trails.  Also nearby is the Saugatuck Valley Trail on Aquarian Water Company land. Hunting is permitted in limited areas in season by permit only.
Hikers can enjoy a beautiful vista of the Saugatuck Reservoir from the Popp Mountain trail in the Weston Portion of Trout Brook Valley accessible from trail marker #29. The Reservoir was created in 1945, when the river was dammed just north of Devils Glen. What can’t be seen is the small village of Valley Forge that now lies 100 feet or so beneath the surface of the Reservoir. In 1760, the first of many iron forges located there, some still operating in the late 19th century. Hike up the steep red trail from the Bradley Road entrance to the lookout at #21 on the orange trail for more stunning views of the valley.

Learn about ALT's blueberry orchard at Trout Brook Valley, CLICK HERE
UPDATE 2/12/19: We have a new GIS trail map for the 1,009-acre Trout Brook Valley Preserve in Easton and Weston.  Simply go to the App Store on your mobile phone and download the Avenza Maps App (available for IPhone and Android) and search Trout Brook Valley to save trail map.   Read more about Trout Brook, Weston

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Tarrywile Park, Danbury

70 Southern Blvd.
Danbury  Connecticut  06810
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

There's not a lot of flow here but if you live nearby, it's a scenic place to ride. The trails around the pond near the entrance are fairly easy but fun and the abandoned castle is very cool. You can find that at the top of the hill in the east off the Orange.

Getting up to the Beacon/Lookout there's some.....  For more information go to the Fairfield County NEMBA website. Read more about Tarrywile Park, Danbury

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Shelton Lakes, Shelton

180-254 Nells Rock Rd
Shelton  Connecticut  06484
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

20%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Shelton Lakes Trail System is in the heart of Shelton and includes three reservoirs and ten miles of trails. The terrain is moderate and the trails are generally flat and easy.


Most of the trails are either really buff or rooty and rocky. Although there is very little climbing, the biggest climbs go right up eroded fall lines. There are lots of boardwalks crossing over streams and wet areas keeping the ride interesting and scenic. . . . .   More information on the Fairfield County NEMBA website. Read more about Shelton Lakes, Shelton

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Roosevelt Forest, Stratford

Roosevelt Forest Red Trail
Stratford  Connecticut  06614
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

20%

Description

Roosevelt Forest's park facilities have seen better days but this can be a nice place for a quick ride if you are in the area. A combination of old woods roads, single tract, small stream crossings, bridges, ... More information is on the Fairfield County NEMBA website. Read more about Roosevelt Forest, Stratford

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West Rock Ridge State Park, Hamden

40 Main St
Hamden  Connecticut  06514
United States

(203) 287-5658

Park Entrance is across the street from #45.

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

Description:

West Rock Ridge State Park is Connecticut’s second largest state park with 1,722 acres of land. There are 11 miles of dirt trails for riding, offering varied opportunities, ranging from flat, wide double-track to narrow twisting rooty and rocky single track. The trail riding is mostly off the ridge, so elevation changes are small to moderate, excepting the climbs on the Green Trail and Yellow Trail. There are also two paved roads with 7 miles of steep riding, most of that closed to motor vehicles.

 

Directions to the Lake Wintergreen parking lot: Rt. 15, Exit 60, and turn right to head south on Rt. 10 (Dixwell Avenue) for 0.3 miles. At the next traffic light past the parkway, turn right on Benham Street and take this to the end (2 miles). Then turn left on Main Street and head south for 0.9 miles. At the bend in the road, turn right into the parking area.

 

Rules: Due to the fragile nature of the ridge, some trails are limited to hiking, and mountain bikers should respect those restrictions. There are plenty of trails open to mountain biking, including Red, White, Green, Yellow, and Red-White. The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. A map and contact information are available on the state website at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325276&deepNav_GID=1650

 

 

Full description:

 

West Rock Ridge State Park has something to offer to all types of cyclists. There are paved roads with long descents (and the climbing necessary to reach them), flat, easy trails, and narrow single track with plenty of roots and rocks.

The two paved roads are the 1.55 mile long Regicide Drive, which connects the main entrance off Wintergreen Avenue to Judges Cave and the South Overlook, and the 5.6 mile  long Baldwin Drive, which runs from the main entrance to West Shepard Ave.

Most rides start from the Lake Wintergreen parking lot, 40 Main St., Hamden, Conn. This provides direct access to the 2.3 mile long White Trail, and the 6.7 mile long Red Trail. The White Trail is mostly a wide woods road with moderate changes in elevation. The Red Trail is a mixture of flat, non-technical easy sections, and narrow singletrack with plenty of roots and rocks. The Red-White Trails, which are spur trails off the Red Trail, are also narrow single track with plenty of technical challenges.

Two semi-steep trails may be used to link the lower trails to the paved roads on the ridge: the Green Trail, which is an eroded carriage road that links the Red Trail to Regicide Drive, and the Yellow Trail, a winding trail the connects Mountain Road (a paved town road) to Baldwin Drive.

Please respect the trails that are not open to bicycling, since they have thin, fragile soils. These include Blue, Blue-Yellow, Orange, Purple, and Gold.

 

 

Road and Trail Descriptions

Regicide Drive (the paved road that extends from the main entrance to the South Overlook) has pavement that is smooth enough for a road bike.
However, the worn surface of Baldwin Drive (which runs the length of the park) is too coarse for comfortable riding on a road bike, and is rough on a hybrid bicycle. A mountain bike is well suited to handle the aging pavement. Excepting rail trails, there are few places that a cyclist can enjoy 5.6 miles of car-free pavement, as they can on Baldwin Drive.

The Red Trail has a moderately wide, flat to rolling mostly non-technical surface south of the main entrance to four sets of crumbling stairs. Riders are advised to turn around when they reach the first set of stairs, as the stairs are too steep for safe riding, and beyond that is the steep climb to the South Overlook.

From a curve on Baldwin Drive to southern end of Lake Wintergreen, the Red Trail has a has a narrow section, technical section that includes a set of stairs with a path along the stairs that ends at a guard rail.
From the southern end of Lake Wintergreen to the southerly crossing of Mountain Road, the Red Trail has a wide, flat non-technical surface, which provides about 2 miles of easy riding. The slight exception is a short, steep climb from Wintergreen Avenue to the lake level.

The Red Trail between Mountain Road is rugged single track with many roots and rocks for cyclists to negotiate, and is a favorite of those who enjoy technical riding. An advantage of this trail, as compared to other single-track trails in Connecticut is that a rider can focus on negotiating the obstacles without also dealing with riding up or down a steep hill. 


North of Mountain Road to Farm Brook Reservoir, the Red Trail is a wide, gravel road, which is suitable for non-technical riders. The gravel surface is ideally traversed by a mountain bike, as a hybrid bicycles thinner tires may get bogged down in the gravel.
At Farm Brook Reservoir, the Red Trail passes near Farm Brook Reservoir, and is bumpy single-track. Near the dam to Farm Brook Reservoir, be cautious when you enter the woods from the gravel road because the Red Trail descends over a stone wall when heading north. This would not be suitable for horses or cross-country skiers. Mountain bikers are reminded that bicycles are not permitted on the blue blazed Regicides Trail.

If you are headed north along the Red Trail, and you cross Mountain Road for the second time, and turn onto the gravel road that is blazed Red, you soon come to the Red-White Trail. This is an excellent single-track trail that parallels the gravel road, and crosses the Red Trail three times near the open field, and extends down to the parking lot for the Farm Brook Reservoir on Hill Street. The Red-White Trail has been mostly armored approaching Farm Brook, but there still is a short muddy section.

 

The White Trail is a wide woods road with a flat to rolling, non-technical surface along Lake Wintergreen. Between the northern end of Lake Wintergreen to its terminus at the Red Trail, the White Trail is moderately technical with roots and rocks and eroded sections of trail to negotiate. Horses could traverse this area, but cross-country skiers might find it difficult in sections.

The Green Trail is a steady climb from the Red Trail almost to Baldwin Drive, climbing about 200 feet in its 0.65 mile length with a slight descent to Baldwin Drive near the end. Most of the Green Trail is heavily eroded with loose rock with some slick rock sections. There is a small portion of the trail where it levels off that is a an easy woods road.

The Yellow Trail is a steady climb from Mountain Road to Baldwin Drive with generally good traction. The trail rises about 200 ft. in 0.35 miles. When entering from Mountain Road, be sure to turn right to stay on the Yellow Trail. There is no point in riding the Yellow Trail west of Baldwin Drive because it connects to the Regicides Trail where riding is prohibited, and difficult to do even if someone tried.

 

Lake Wintergreen to Farm Brook Reservoir Cruise

 

This mountain bike cruise is an excellent loop that offers a variety of riding, yet minimal climbing. The ride starts with an easy cruise along the Red Trail, gets technical between Mountain Road, switches gears to a wide gravel trail, and changes back to single track along the base of the ridge. Complete the loop by enjoying quiet, paved Mountain Road, and the varying single and double track White Trail. There is an optional finish with a loop around Lake Wintergreen. When riding by Lake Wintergreen, be particularly aware of dog walkers and hikers. Bicycles always yield to pedestrians and equestrians.

Here's this ride:

0.00 Turn Right on Red Trail heading northfrom the Lake Wintergreen parking lot

0.65 Left/Right Red Trail at the Purple Trail

1.55 Straight Red Trail at south end of Mountain Road

2.65 Right  on Mountain Road

2.70 Left Red Trail at green gate by gravel road

3.65 Straight on Red Trail along Farm Brook Reservoir: turn left at the end of the gravel road, then right into the woods: do not cross the dam, as that leads to private property with no access to the street.

3.75 Left on Red-White Trail

4.15 Righton Red Trail at gravel road

4.60 Right on Mountain Road: follow around base of ridge

Option: return on the single-track section of the Red Trail by turning left

6.00 Right on Red Trail by black gate: wide woods road

6.20 Right on White Trail: just past the powerlines

7.15 Left/Right on White Trail by the Purple Trail

7.75 Straight on White Trail at north end of Lake Wintergreen **

8.50 Straight on Red Trail at south end of Lake Wintergreen

Caution: VERY steep descent

8.90 Straight on Red Trail by Lake Wintergreen dam: Red-White Trail on left

9.25 Right at Lake Wintergreen parking lot

You can ** Shorten ride to 7.85 miles by turning left and riding up the hill into the parking lot.

 

Lake Wintergreen to Baldwin Drive, via Farm Brook Reservoir

This circuit is an excellent loop for a mountain bike that offers a variety of riding on both trails and roads, rewarded by outstanding views at the South Overlook. The ride starts with an easy cruise along the Red Trail, gets technical between Mountain Road, switches gears to a wide gravel trail, and finishes with a brief ride on the Red-White Trail out to Hill Street. After a steep climb, enjoy an extended cruise along Baldwin Drive, and a short, steady climb on Regicide Drive. There are no signs for Baldwin Drive or Regicide Drive.

This route uses some public roads near the park to complete the circuit, so be aware of vehicles on those roads. Riding Baldwin Drive north to south involves long climb from 290 ft. of elevation on Hill Street to a peak of 680 ft. of elevation a mile later on Baldwin Drive, for an 8.2 percent grade. After climbing this steep hill, the rest of Baldwin Drive is a delight with far more descents than climbs.

Be aware of the pavement conditions on Baldwin Drive, which may be broken in spots, particularly near the main entrance. The final descent to the main entrance on Baldwin Drive involves a series of switchbacks, followed by a fast, downhill ride that ends in a brown gate.

If you are riding between Memorial Day weekend and the end of October, Regicide Drive (the road to Judges Cave and the South Overlook is open to motor vehicles). When the road is closed, you will need to lift your bike over the main gate.

 

 

Here's this ride

Direction

Trail Name

0.00 Go right on the Red Trail heading north from the Lake Wintergreen parking lot

0.65 Left/Right on the Red Trail at the Purple Trail

1.55 Straight on Red Trail at south end of Mountain Road

2.65 Right on Mountain Road

2.70 Left on the Red Trail at green gate by the gravel road

3.65 Bear left/right - Turn left onto Red Trail at the field by the dam at the end of the gravel road at Farm Brook Reservoir; then turn right into the woods at the start of the field

3.85 Right on Red-White Trail

4.00 Left on Hill St. ( a paved public street)

4.15 Left on West Shepard Ave. at stop sign

4.35 Go straight on West Shepard Ave. at gate - Lift bike over gate: pavement in poor condition

4.65 Left on Baldwin Drive (paved): Walk bike on the left side of the dirt barrier.

9.20 Regroup: If you wish to enjoy the view of Konolds Pond, dismount and walk your bikes up the Orange and Blue Trails before resuming the ride.

10.25 Straight on Regicide Drive (paved) and climb hill: Walk bikes past brown gate near main entrance. ##

11.00 Bear right on Regicide Drive at split to Judges Cave.

11.20 U-Turn on Regicide Drive at Judges Cave

11.40 Right on Regicide Drive to the South Overlook

11.90 U-Turn on Regicide Drive at the South Overlook

12.40 Right on Regicide Drive at stop sign

13.15 Left on Wintergreen Avenue from the main entrance.

13.50 Straight - Enter park by gate at sharp curve near Lake Wintergreen.

13.60 Right on Red Trail by brick building

13.85 Straight on Red Trail: Red-White Trail on left

14.35 Right at Lake Wintergreen parking lot

 

## You can shorten the ride to 12.2 miles (and miss the expansive view at the South Overlook) by turning left from Baldwin Drive to the main entrance. From the main entrance turn left on Wintergreen Avenue, following these notes from mile 13.15, although your computer will show 10.40 miles.

 

West Rock Ridge State Park is open 8am til sunset, and parking is available at Lake Wintergreen.

By Tom Ebersold

 

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Salmon River - Comstock Bridge, Colchester

90 Comstock Bridge Rd
Colchester  Connecticut  06415
United States

(860) 295-9523

Easy

80%

Moderate

20%

Difficult

0%

Description

Located in the towns of Colchester and East Hampton Salmon River and other surrounding conservation areas host a varity of trails. This bike route follows dirt forest roads, woods roads, and a old railroad bed along the east side of the Salmon River through a narrow valley. The area is very scenic and is popular with hikers, fishermen, and horseback riders. The eastern end of Salmon River abuts Day Pond State Park.

 

THE RIDE: From the parking area at Comstock Bridge, one of three covered bridges in Connecticut, follow paved River Road north past Dickinson Creek. Bear right into the dirt turnoff just past the handicap fishing area and follow the woods road blocked by huge boulders. The road climbs to dirt River Road in the state forest and parallels the river past its many clear pools and rapids. Push your bike to the top of the stone train bridge and follow the dirt and sometimes sandy rairoad grade south. If you ride north the grade reaches a iron trestle high above the river and closed to the public. Ridind south the river is far below but the sounds echo off the steep valley walls.

 

At paved Bull Hill Road continue on the grade to an enormous trestle now covered with ballast and gravel. There are nice views of the Dickinson Creek valley from the trestle midpoint. After viewing the area return to Bull Hill Road. (It is possible to continue riding the railroad grade another two miles past rock cuts and over a smaller trestle to East Hampton)

 

Follow steep Bull Hill Road downhill and immediately turn sharply right onto a gated woods road. The road passes a logged area before desecending to secluded Dickinson Creek. The rough road climbs to a gate before becoming paved. The road descends to River Road and Comstock Bridge.

 

Additional easy riding is found past the state forest picnic area south of Rt. 16. A dirt road, sometimes eroded, follows the forested narrow river valley south to the Leesville Dam on Rt. 151. The ride to the dam from the picnic area is about three miles one way.

 

Directions:

Comstock Bridge and Salmon River State Forest are located on Route 16 at the Colchester and East Hampton town line.

 

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Pequonock River Valley, Trumbull

1 Indian Ledge Park Rd
Trumbull  Connecticut  06611
United States

Easy

45%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

25%

Description

Most commonly referred to as "Trumbull", this green belt follows the Pequonnock River north and south. The state forest lands are contiguous to several other municipal properties, allowing for many different loops and for different skill levels. On the west side of the river is a rail trail. On the east side there is a variety of trails, most of which are quite technical. The singletrack is most easily accessed from the commuter parking lot off exit 9 of rt. 25. The red and yellow trails follow the upper ridges, the white stays in the middle ground, and the blue follows the river. The locals have invented colorful names for the interesting rock formations. Look for the Bat Cave, Picnic Table Rock, Slick Rock East, and the Serengetti.  

 

The complex actually consists of Pequonnock River Park, 382 acres, Indian Ledge Park, 104 acres, and Old Mine Park, 72 acres.

 

Note: There is only one way to cross the river in the park, towards the northern end.

 

 

Cautions:

Park closes at sunset. No water and no facilities. Hunting in season.

 

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Mianus River Park, Stamford

400 Merriebrook Lane
Stamford  Connecticut  06902
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

70%

Difficult

5%

Description

 

Located in both Stamford and Greenwich this park has a tight network of both fire roads and singletrack.

 

Good for novices and intermediate riders. The Mianus River runs along the

east side of the property, so it is hard to get lost. Some climbs, short runs to

bomb down, some tech sections. Overall a good workout trail with several

interconnected loops. There are some log obstacles which you can find and

try. There are several carriage roads with singletrack offshoots.

 

This is a very scenic area, you'll see lots of other people out on the trails.

 

Trail Length: About 8 miles. For more information check the Fairfield County NEMBA website.

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Bradley Park, Wilton

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.

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