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Southern CT

Nehantic State Forest, East Lyme

82 Holmes Rd
East Lyme  Connecticut  06357
United States

Description

The northern block of Nehantic State forest is wrapped around  Hartman Park, it’s border is the border of the Town of Lyme and East Lyme. There is access from the fire road in Hartman park as well as a parking lot at the end of Holmes Road. Currently there is a fire road stretching the length of the forest with a few small single track trails branching off the small circle on the southern end.

Plans for more bike minded trails to be added are in the works and if you’d like to be involved please contact Southeastern CT NEMBA. Read more about [node:title]

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Mount Archer Woods, Lyme

168 Mount Archer Rd
Lyme  Connecticut  06371
United States

Description

Mount Archer woods is actually 4 small parks commonly owned by the Town of Lyme, Lyme Land Trust, and the Nature Conservancy. These are Mount Archer Woods, Eno Preserve, Jewett Preserve and Pleasant Valley Preserve.  Historically biking was only allowed on the main white trail loop but as of January 1 2013 the three land groups agreed to allow more trail use and have opened up all the yellow trails in the 4 parka.

Please Note: the Red and Blue trails are still closed to bike traffic as there are endangered plant and wild life in the area. Read more about [node:title]

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Hartman Park, Lyme

57-149 Gungy Rd
Lyme  Connecticut  06371
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

Hartman park is owned by the Town of Lyme as is a great place to ride a mountain bike.  The terrain is more a “Rough XC” surface but has more than enough fire road and XC style trails as well as hidden little gems here and there for the bigger bouncy guys to play on. The town and NEMBA have had a really good relationship and we have worked together on multiple projects to improve the ride and trail sustainability of the area. Recently the town acquired the Philip Young Preserve a rather large parcel of property on the southern border and added trails to and from Hartman Park almost doubling the milage of ridiable trails. If you want even more milage the park is 3/4’s surrounded but Nehantic State Forest (northern block) which the fire road connects to. Read more about [node:title]

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Welcoming our newest chapter: Southeastern CT NEMBA

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

We’re pleased to announce the formation of Southeastern CT NEMBA. If your ride Bluff Point or Rocky Neck SP, Hartman or other areas in the greater New London area, we urged you get involved.

SE CT NEMBA will focus on riding and stewarding numerous trail systems reaching from the Rhode Island border to the Connecticut River, including Bluff Point and Rocky Neck State Park, Hartman Park and many other trails in the southeast portion of Connecticut.
We hope local riders will get involved in making this a successful NEMBA chapter, and the founding leadership will be D. Thomas Lamourine as president, Mickey Gilland as vice president, Tad Fallon as secretary and Andy Bennett as treasurer. Monthly meetings will be scheduled for discussions and input of planning events and other current happenings involving the group. Locations are planned to be rotated around the area to allow for more accessibility to everyone who wishes to be involved.

To learn more, visit www.nemba.org/sectnemba

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Wilton Woods

99 Partrick Ln
Wilton  Connecticut  06897
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

30%

Description

Lots of ups and downs and rock-strewn scenery throughout the park provide up to nine miles of excellent riding.

The trails hold a wide variety of steep uphills filled with rocks and roots, a few short downhill segments and some very scenic riding right alongside a stream.

With three 100 foot rock ridge rides, a few long log rides, and stuntery galore, Wilton is an excellent park to hone your technical skills. 

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Upper Paugussett State Forest, Newtown

3 Sanford Rd
Newtown  Connecticut  06470
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Upper Paugussett Forest is home to the Upper Gussy Trail, the Lillinonah Trail and Al's Trail.

It's 880 acres of prime CT woodlands has a mixed bag of everything, and if you were to hit all the trails, you could easily get in a 10 to 12 mile ride.

For more information check the Fairfield County NEMBA website.

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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 Preserve (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 [node:title]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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