Northern CT

NEMBA Trail School @ Goodwin State Forest

Monday, May 19, 2014

Riders and trail enthusiasts from an array of organizations gathered at Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton, Connecticut for NEMBA's annual two-day course in trail design, construction and maintenance.

In addition to riders from numerous NEMBA chapters from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, participants came from the Connecticut Parks & Forests Association, the Central CT Regional Planning Agency, the Friends of Goodwin State Park, Greenfield Trails Association (NH), Londonderry Trails (NH) and even as far away as the Gennesee Region Offroad Cyclists (Rochester, NY).

In the NEMBA tradition of "work hard, play harder", the course featured not only classroom instruction but outdoors hands-on build clinics as well as an epic ride on the extensive trail system that encompasses Goodwin State Forest and Natchaug State Forest.

“Our trail school is key to increasing our capacity to improve and build more trails,” commented NEMBA director, Philip Keyes. “I’m confident that everyone who attended this year’s class will go on to put on their own trail care events and help us build a better New England for trails and trail-based recreation in all its forms.”

Our thanks to the supportive staff at the Goodwin Conservation Center and the CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for opening their doors to us and allowing us to camp out -- the evening bonfire was great!  We also thank the Friends of Goodwin State Forest for helping with project locations. Lastly, a huge shout-out of thanks to our NEMBA instructors, Paula Burton, Adam Glick, Maciej Sobieszek and Mike Tabaczynski, and to our ride leaders, Stacey Jimenez and Glenn Newcombe.

If you missed out, mark your calendars now for the May 21-22, 2015.

QC NEMBA - TRAIL DAY - West Thompson Dam

Date

5/31/14 7:30am

Want more rideable miles at WTD? Come out and give us a hand in a bit of trail work to improve your riding experience. 

Can only spare a few hours? GREAT! Extra hands for some time is better than none. 

Minors are welcome to attend under the supervision of a parent or guardian. We love to see the youngsters learning to care for the trails.

The Chapter will be providing lunch for volunteers. 


What to bring:
• Work Gloves
• Work or hiking boots
• Water bottle or other hydration system (camelbak)
• Bug Spray
• Mattocks, Rock Bars, leaf rakes... 
      (The chapter has tools available, but extra would be helpful if you have them)

Other items not to forget:
• Your bike & riding gear :)


Agenda:

7:30AM - Registration (Waiver forms) & instructions.

8:00AM - Heading out to the work site. 

Noonish - Clean-up followed by lunch.

1:30PM ish - Ride

Location

West Thompson Dam, West Thompson, CT

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride

Date

6/8/14 9:00am to 3:00pm

A FREE, fun day of riding for all ages and abilities.
• All rides will be guided.
• No riders will be left behind.
• Helmets are REQUIRED.

RIDE DESCRIPTIONS:

FAMILY RIDE : (4-6 miles) Casual family pace, Airline Trail.
Departure time: 11AM

BEGINNER RIDE: (8-10 miles) Casual pace, no drop, single & double track. Departure time: 10:30AM

INTERMEDIATE RIDE: (10-14 miles) Intermello pace, no drop, some technical. Departure time: 9:30AM

ADVANCED RIDE: (15-20 miles) Faster paced, no drop. Tech, climbs and more... Departure time: 9:30AM

EVENT SCHEDULE

9 - 11 AM - Registration

9:30 AM - Guided Advanced & Intermediate Rides depart

10:30 AM - Guided Beginner Ride departs

11:00 AM - Guided Family Ride departs

12:30 PM - Post ride Potluck/BYO cookout. Read more about Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Ride

Location

James L Goodwin State Forest

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Trail

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
QuietCornerNEMBA@gmail.com

Northern CT

Nathan Hale SF, Coventry

2299 South St
Coventry  Connecticut  06238
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

At 1529 acres the Nathan Hale State Forest offers over 25 miles of trails. 32 trails in all.

They range in difficulty from reasonably flat beginner trails, marked in green on the MAP above, to blue intermediate trails, to black challenging trails.

It's a really fun place to ride in places heavilly wooded. In other places there are managed fields of shrubs and brush.

The town of Coventry uses 57 acres as a town park.

Don't expect to cover all of the forest's trails in one outing. 

But don't worry about it - you will come back. Read more about Nathan Hale SF, Coventry

Local Shops

Putnam Cyclery

Pedal Power

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Tour de Quiet Corner

Date

10/9/20 (All day) to 11/15/20 (All day)

 

Tour de Quiet Corner: Virtual Fun Ride

The Quiet Corner Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (QC NEMBA) is holding its annual fundraiser as a virtual guided tour of six different riding locations in northeast CT from October 15 to November 15. After downloading the Trailforks app, anyone can follow 13 different planned routes with a smartphone. Routes range from a 6-mile novice loop at Mansfield Hollow to a 22-mile expert beat-down in Pachaug State Forest. QC NEMBA welcomes donations to help support its efforts to maintain trails (for all trail users) and advocate for recreational trail use in the Quiet Corner.  

The Tour de Quiet Corner features at least one route in each of the following riding locations: Old Furnace State Park, Goodwin State Forest, West Thompson Dam, Mansfield Hollow State Park, Pachaug State Forest and Nathan Hale State Forest. Every route on Trailforks offers parking locations, mileage and elevation, suggested riding level, places to eat and area bike shops. Participants will have a chance to make a donation to support the chapter.

QC NEMBA is also offering great raffle prizes (including wool socks, shirts, neck gaiters and gift certificates for eats & drinks from our generous sponsors—see them on Trailforks links) to anyone who makes a donation and rides all 6 parks.

Note:  You can save time by signing NEMBA's Annual Ride Waiver ahead of time.

Please share pix & adventures on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/QuietCornerNEMBA and Instagram @QCNEMBA.

The Facebook event post is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2413682608940613/.

To enter the raffle, send your Trailforks logs to qcnemba@gmail.com by November 15th.

Take a ride to northeast CT and see what we have to offer. QC NEMBA appreciates your support! To see the list of routes, visit https://www.trailforks.com/series/212/

Visit www.nemba.org/chapters/qcnemba for more details. To donate directly to QCNEMBA’s PayPal through Trailforks: https://www.trailforks.com/region/windham-county-8905/karma/

 

Link to Ride Series: https://www.trailforks.com/series/212/

Old Furnace State Park: https://www.trailforks.com/event/4907/

Goodwin State Forest:  https://www.trailforks.com/event/4909/ 

West Thompson Dam: https://www.trailforks.com/event/4896/

Mansfield Hollow State Park: https://www.trailforks.com/event/4897/

Pachaug State Forest: https://www.trailforks.com/event/4904/

Nathan Hale State Forest: https://www.trailforks.com/event/4906/

 

Contact: Serena Dupuis, President QC NEMBA for more information.

QCNEMBA@gmail.com

 

  Read more about Tour de Quiet Corner

Chapter

Blackstone Valley Quiet Corner Rhode Island SE Mass

Event Leader

Serena Dupuis
QCNEMBA@gmail.com

Northern CT

Northfield Brook Lake, Thomaston

1550 Northfield Rd
Thomaston  Connecticut  06787
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

Northfield Brook Lake

Although work is still ongoing, congratulations are due to the group behind NW CT’s newest sanctioned mountain biking trail system. Utilizing properties owned by the Army Corp of Engineers and the Town of Thomaston, CT, Northfield Brook Lake creates a trail system of roughly 6+ miles of mountain bike specific singletrack. The terrain is varied and offers a great combination of twisty flowing singletrack and punchy climbs with plenty of interesting features along the way. Thanks to Greg Blasko, Tim Jackson and Joshua Russman for all your hard work.     

 

Northfield Brook Lake (NBL) consists of 208 acres of public land in the town of Thomaston, Connecticut. 6 miles of multi-use trails suitable for mountain biking and hiking currently exist.

Local members from the Northwest Connecticut Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association build and maintain the trail system with support from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read more about Northfield Brook Lake, Thomaston

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Southern CT

Northern CT

Dividend Pond, Rocky Hill

8 Old Forge Rd
Rocky Hill  Connecticut  06067
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Dividend Pond Trail System - Taken from SIngleTracks Magazine

The biggest news since the spring 2020 issue is the completion and opening of the Dividend Pond trail system. Located just over the Cromwell line in Rocky Hill it’s the newest riding area in CT.

It’s geared toward families and people new to the sport, but the flowy nature of the trails, and some very unique features including a double gravity cavity, make it fun for all levels of rider.

Huge kudos to Luis Moreira, who secured permission and did the majority of the building. Here is Luis’ report-

Over the course of the winter, we obtained permission from the town of Rocky Hill to build the first bike-specific trail system in that community.

Located within the southern area of Dividend Pond Park is a brand-new singletrack loop, just under 2 miles long.

This loop is a great way for beginners to get their tires dirty and fun for intermediate riders alike. 

We were able to utilize the contours of the terrain to create a unique trail in a 30-acre parcel of land. 

The soil is reminiscent of the sandy glacial dirt found at River Highlands, therefore draining exceptionally well after rain. 

There are twists and turns, logs to hop over, natural berms and wall rides, and even a skinny! 

At a short 1.5 miles away from River Highlands -an easy 10-minute ride on residential road- this new riding area will be a nice peripheral extension for those opting for a 12+ mile ride. 

There are plans to add another section or two of trail in the future.  Stay tuned.  At the time of this writing, the loop is already packing down nicely but could use more tires. 

Finally, we would like to thank all of those who volunteered on this project and for the town's blessing for the ”Div Pond” project.  Hope to see you on the trails.

-Luis Moreira Read more about Dividend Pond, Rocky Hill

Local Shops

Central Wheel

Pedal Power

QC NEMBA Trail Day

Date

9/13/20 9:00am

Quiet Corner NEMBA Trail Day

Location: Old Furnace State Park, Danielson, CT (parking location will be sent with registration confirmation)

Join us for a trail clean up day to help maintain the trails. We'll split up into pairs and tackle the trails: picking up sticks, trimming back overgrowth, clearing blowdowns if necessary.

Bring clippers, loppers, and/or a hand saw if you have them. The chapter does have tools to borrow, but tools cannot be shared.

You must register for using Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trail-care-day-at-old-furnace-registration-118093866935

Also: Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Trail Care Waiver ahead of time. Read more about QC NEMBA Trail Day

Chapter

Quiet Corner

Trail

Event Leader

Heather Merson
heather.robtoy@gmail.com

Northern CT

Norbrook Brewery Trails, Colebrook

204 Stillman Hill Rd
Colebrook  Connecticut  06021
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

80%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Norbrook Farm Brewery hosts over 11 miles of mountain bike trails on its property. And more are in the works.

Some are flowy machine built singletracks. While others are old school singletrack mountain bike trails. Some even have advanced technical features and drops.

A couple of the trails are one-way only downhills. These are clearly marked on the map. But you'll also find maps on signboards at key intersections.

Most of the trails have the reputation of going either straight up or straight down. The descents are amazing!!!

The trail system has been built by professional trail builders.

Of course, a big draw is the excellent selection of suds after your ride. But, no purchases are necessary.

The trails are open to all during daylight hours and you can park right at the brewery.

Check it out. You'll come back. Read more about Norbrook Brewery Trails, Colebrook

Local Shops

Benidorm Bikes

Central Wheel

Ridgeline Bikes

Newington Bikes

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