Southern CT

Southern CT

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.

For moreinformation see the Fairfield County NEMBA Website.

Good Morning Wilton article on Bradley Park.

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Bluff Point State Park, Groton

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 [node:title]

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Bennetts Pond / Hemlock Hills, Ridgefield

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.

Update 9/20/20

NW CT NEMBA  completed our final major trail project in Hemlock Hills in Ridgefield CT.  Hemlock Hills/Pine Mtn/Bennett’s Pond is among the largest contiguous open spaces in Fairfield County and has become very popular.  FCNEMBA has been working for many years with the Ridgefield Conservation Commission (RCC) on various trail projects, and this summer we legitimized the last of the old “social” trails.  We built several reroutes to reduce erosion, and closed some “pop-up” trails to reduce proliferation and help the RCC achieve the natural aesthetic that is a foundation of their policy.

Our maps guru, Rich Coffey, has been focused on getting our trail systems updated on Trailforks.  Most of our open spaces have cell-service and having updated GPS maps has been very helpful for our new members.  Thanks Rich! Read more about [node:title]

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