|By John Swayze
- Hampton, CT
- Easy:85%, Moderate:15%, Difficult:0%, Caution:0%
- Goodwin State Forest is a small state park located in northeast Connecticut. There are
about four miles of very easy, very wide trails in the park itself. The Airline Rail
Trail, which deserves its own entry, connects to the park and offers an extended ride if
you exhaust the possibilities at Goodwin. This is one of the best places to take a new
biker or those who are only occasional bikers. Trails pass by pleasant meadows and the fir
trees and mountain laurel provide a great backdrop for a leisurely ride. A flooded pond is
also a main feature of the park. By riding down Old Route 6 to route 97 (barely a mile or
so from the park) you can tour the town of Hampton, a settlement featuring gorgeous
colonial homes and a genuine general store. Some additional information on Goodwin can be found on this DEP site. Map
- Take Route 6 west. After the Rt. 97 intersection (don't take this, just note where it
is), travel about two miles further and Goodwin SF is on the right hand side.
- Mountain biking is allowed only on the "gravel" roads.
Take care going around certain corners as equestrians frequent the park as well.
The pond offers fishing, but no swimming.
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