Northern CT

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. 

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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 [node:title]

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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.

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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.

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QC NEMBA Zoom Meeting

Date

2/18/21 6:30pm to 7:30pm

QC NEMBA Chapter Meeting

 
Join us for QC NEMBA's first 2021 Zoom Chapter Meeting on Thursday, 2/18 to talk about our upcoming season. Bring your ideas & volunteer hours from January. Send agenda items to crisecadiz@gmail.com by Wednesday morning, 2/17.
 
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Chapter

Quiet Corner

Event Leader

Cris Cadiz
crisecadiz@gmail.com

Central CT NEMBA Sunday Ride Series

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Sep 26 2021 .
3/21/21 (All day)

Central CT NEMBA Sunday Ride Series.

Central CT NEMBA will be holding a series of Sunday Rides at various locations around Connecticut.

A notice for every ride may be posted to our Central CT NEMBA Facebook Page.

The rides will start at 9:00 or 10:00.  Rides will be 2-3 hours long on average.   Bad weather will cancel.

These are intermediate level trail rides.  Bring your helmet and a mountain bike in good working condition.

Due to continuing Covid concerns I am limiting these rides to the first 8 people who show up.

Try to arrive early enough so that we can get the ride started on time.

  Save time by signing NEMBA's 2021 Ride Waiver ahead of time.

Questions? To sign up, or for this week's ride location contact me, John Puziss, through Facebook Messenger as I don't check my email every day.

 

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State

Connecticut

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

John Puziss

Northern CT

Crandall's Park, Tolland

120 Cider Mill Road
Tolland  Connecticut  06084
United States

(860) 871-3690

Easy

0%

Moderate

80%

Difficult

20%

Description

Crandall Park in Tolland is approximately 400 acres of town owned land. It is heavily utilized by hikers, but the biking trails are largely separate from the hiking trails. 

Overall there are about 14 miles of trails at Crandall. Trails are a mix of 80% intermediate and 20% advanced terrain, due to the amount of rock there really aren't any true beginner friendly trails. 

There is a decent climb from the parking to get to the top of the hill where you'll find some very tightly packed, twisty trails. The trails descending off the back of the hill are a bit more technical. The trails close to the highway weave through a mountain laurel thicket, those trails seriously test your bike handling skills. There is a loop out to Old Kent Road that includes a pretty intense climb, though it's relatively short. All of the trails at Crandall are on Trailforks. 

There are features scattered throughout the trail system, mainly naturally occurring rocks including drops, rollers, log rides and highly technical rock sections, all features have go around trails.  

The most popular parking spot is the "dirt lot" which is located at 120 Cider Mill Road in Tolland, however there are four other parking lots for the park, all of which have easy access to the trail system. 

By John Isch

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Northern CT

Schoolhouse Brook Park, Storrs

251 Clover Mill Rd
Storrs  Connecticut  06268
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

25%

Description

At 457 acres Schoolhouse Brook Park, owned and managed by the town of Mansfield, is a great place to ride and explore. It contains two ponds, Bicentennial and Barrows. There's swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking and many miles of excellent trails to mountain bike on.

Some of the trails are easy but many are technical in nature with rock features and numerous ridge lines.

This is a great park to bring your family, especially if some of its members would prefer to swim or picnic while others go for a ride.

For those of you who've never been here it would be a great introduction to the local trails.

 

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Northern CT

Mansfield Hollow State Park

151 Bassetts Bridge Rd
Mansfield Center  Connecticut  06250
United States

(860) 424-3200

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

At 500 acres Mansfield Hollow State Park consists of a large lake that's used for boating and fishing. There's no swimming since the lake is part of a local water supply.

The trails at Mansfield Hollow are generally fast and rolling. They're fun to ride and a good place to bring kids or newer riders.

The maps above show most, but not all of the trails.

 

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Northern CT

Cowles Park, E Granby

287-257 S Main St
E Granby  Connecticut  06062
United States
GPS doesn't seem to work to well here. The main parking lot is about 1/2 mile south of the junction of Route 187 and Seymour Rd.

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

Cowles Park in East Grandy offers well over 15 miles of easy to difficult trails. Many of these trails were created for and by mountain bikers but the park also attracts hikers, trail runners and dog walkers.

The singletracks are amazing. They wind through the woods seemingly never going in a straight line for more than a few feet untill you have to make a course adjustment. Mostly smooth, they do offer some technical chllenges and a few short hills.

Expect to return, you won't be able to explore all these trails in one ride.

The only one rule is - Don't Ride When The Trails Are Muddy.

Some of the trails are color coded. But most aren't. There's is a QR Code for the Trail Forks interactive map on the main signboard. 

 

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