Crandall's Park, Tolland
Crandall Park in Tolland is approximately 400 acres of town owned land. It is heavily utilized by hikers, but the biking trails are largely separate from the hiking trails.
Overall there are about 14 miles of trails at Crandall. Trails are a mix of 80% intermediate and 20% advanced terrain, due to the amount of rock there really aren't any true beginner friendly trails.
There is a decent climb from the parking to get to the top of the hill where you'll find some very tightly packed, twisty trails. The trails descending off the back of the hill are a bit more technical. The trails close to the highway weave through a mountain laurel thicket, those trails seriously test your bike handling skills. There is a loop out to Old Kent Road that includes a pretty intense climb, though it's relatively short. All of the trails at Crandall are on Trailforks.
There are features scattered throughout the trail system, mainly naturally occurring rocks including drops, rollers, log rides and highly technical rock sections, all features have go around trails.
The most popular parking spot is the "dirt lot" which is located at 120 Cider Mill Road in Tolland, however there are four other parking lots for the park, all of which have easy access to the trail system.
By John Isch