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Salmon River State Forest - Comstock Bridge

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 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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Millers Pond State Park

350 Foot Hills Rd
Durham  Connecticut  06422
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

25%

Description

Located in Durham and Haddam Millers Pond State Park has been in the State's domain since 1955. There are numerous trails and a scenic lake that is very popular with area fishermen.

This is a very popular area for mountain biking with a lot of freeride type drops, jumps, and stunts.  The stunts are all legal and well constructed (although the run ups could be smoother). The stunts are mostly intermediate to advanced level (due mostly to the lack of good run ups) but there are chicken lines around almost all of them.

 

The red trail, just completed last fall, has two distinct sections, that in the northern section of the park, which leaves directly from the parking lot, and that in the southern part, which is accessed off of the dirt road just inside the gate. The northern section is the more cross country oriented, with fast, flowing  turns and prolonged climbing in either direction. Although clearly a cross country oriented trail, there are still ample opportunities to drop, jump, and huck. It will take the average rider about an hour to complete this section, and there are few bailout options.

 

The southern section and the red/white (a shortcut back to the pond) are pure freeride, with twisting, rocky climbs, log ramps, drops, and hucks in rapid succession. It will take the average rider about 1.5 hours to complete this section (red to red/white), and it should not be attempted alone.

 

Directions:

From Route 9: Take Exit 11.  Follow 155 West.  Turn left onto Millbrook Road.  Bear left onto Foothills Road.  Parking area is on the right.

 

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Huckleberry Hill Recreation Area

270 Huckleberry Hill Rd
Avon  Connecticut  06001
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

At 279.8 acres there are over 5 miles of singletrack with a little bit of doubletrack and fire road mixed in. There's a small playground with swings and slides and town athletic fields. Most trails are technical. There are a lot of trails, many are very good trails. You can get maps at the Avon Town Hall which may be a good idea since there are so many trails. Huckleberry Hill is close to Countryside Park and Found Land both of which also have trails.

 

Start:

Use the trailhead behind the socer fields. or the parking area at 270 Huckleberry Hill Road. Have a great ride.

 

By Brendan Mahoney

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West Hartford Reservoir

1420 Farmington Ave
Farmington  Connecticut  06107
United States

(860) 278-7850

Easy

35%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

30%

Description

The MDC's West Hartford Reservoir complex is one of central Connecticut's best known riding area. It is a large area laced with many miles of paved roads, dirt roads and singletracks. Trails for all ability levels and ages can be mixed together to create the perfect ride for almost anyone. Some of the singletrack trails are quite difficult. Others have rhythm, flowing down hills and around corners in a way that makes the surrounding woodlands seem like you were watching them on a movie screen rather than from the seat of a bouncing bicycle.

Whatever your passion for riding you'll be able to satisfy it at the "Res".

You can pick up an official trail map at the MDC's West Hartford Reservoir administration building from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm weekdays.  In addition these are very good MAPS 

Directions
Take I-84 to Exit 39 (Route 4). At the end of the ramp take a right at the light onto Route 4 East. At the sixth light (a distance of 2 ½ miles) take a left into the Facility.
    
Rules
Some of the trails are closed to mountain bikes. All of the trails are heavily used. Expect to encounter hikers, trail runners and families on foot. Read more about West Hartford Reservoir

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