Southern 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.

Fairfield County NEMBA Winter Social - Where the Trail Ends Movie

Date

3/16/14 5:00pm to 11:00pm

FC NEMBA Annual Winter Social - March 16th Doors open at 4pm for socializing & movie starts at 5:30@ Ridgefield Playhouse
$15 in Advance / $20 at the Door. Includes venue access, cupcakes, soda & beer, fun and the Fairfield County premiere of Where the Trail Ends provided free by Red Bull Media house.

... details to come on advance purchase

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZUsc1ewgUQ
Read more about Fairfield County NEMBA Winter Social - Where the Trail Ends Movie

Location

The Ridgefield Playhouse

Chapter

Central CT Fairfield County

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker
rrtucker@gmail.com

FC NEMBA Trail Work Day Trumbull Edition

Date

11/16/19 9:00am to 1:00pm

Fixing the famed floating bridge at north end of Serengeti.
Looking for strong folks to come lend a hand, lots of heavy lifting and hauling material.
Waders needed - if you have them bring them!
Serious work gloves and warm clothing essential.

For most up-to-date event info, check our FB page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/fcnemba/

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Location

Trumbull

Chapter

Fairfield County

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Malwitz
fcnemba@gmail.com

Southern CT

Larkin Trail State Park

816 Church St #684
Naugatuck  Connecticut  06770
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

30%

Description

The Larkin Trail State Park is a Rail Trail in the towns of Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford and Southbury. It's a dirt trail, a former railbed, a littlr over 10 miles long and as such it offers a perfect riding surface for new riders and families with kids on small bikes. There are also a number of singletrack trails leading off the rail trail that more experienced riders will enjoy exploring.

A good description of the rail trail can be found on the DEEP's website

The Larkin Trail is a wide dirt trail with low grades, with some short sections of singletrack.

Larkin is a fun trail and the views are good.

The directions at the top of this page lead you to the Eastern end of the trail in the Whittemore Glen State Park Scenic Preserve.

There are a number of other parking areas which are listed on the DEEP's website. Read more about Larkin Trail State Park

Links to Relevant Resources

HV NEMBA Trail Care & Trail Scouting

Date

12/15/19 (All day)

HV NEMBA Trail Day @ Rockhouse

Light maintenance and trail scouting with Joe Lanier.

Meet at the Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary Rt. 188 parking lot at 10am.

Bring loppers and hand saws.

We have some tools, but may be helpful to bring your own.

Possible ride after.

   Save time by signing NEMBA's Ride and Trail Care Waivers ahead of time if you havent already done so.

You do not have to be a member of NEMBA to attend. You just have to want to see Rockhouse's trails get better. Read more about HV NEMBA Trail Care & Trail Scouting

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Trail

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@gmail.com

HV NEMBA Thanks For The Trails Ride

Event Date

11/30/19 (All day)

HV NEMBA Thanks For The Trails Ride

Housatonic Valley will be hosting a Thanksgiving season ride  at the Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary in Oxford CT.

This is an all levels, family, kids and beginners are welcome. The ride will start at 10:00 AM, at 98 Perkins Road in Oxford.

  SIgn NEMBA's Annual Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

You do not have to be a NEMBA member to attend.

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Mark Tullo

HV NEMBA Larkin Trail Ride & Meeting

Date

11/14/19 5:30pm

HV NEMBA Larkin Ride & Chapter Meeting

All levels Ride on the Larkin and meeting at the Lodge located at 1445 Southford Road in Southbury.

Meet 5:30pm for ride, meeting at 7:15ish. 

The Larkin Trail is a wide dirt trail with low grades, with some short sections of singletrack.

We’ll go as far as we can in the time allowed looking for some of that elusive single track.

This is a no-drop ride and we may split up into groups.

Larkin is fun trail and the views are good.

  SIgn NEMBA's Annual Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

You do not have to be a NEMBA member to attend. Read more about HV NEMBA Larkin Trail Ride & Meeting

Chapter

Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Paula Burton
peburton1@gmail.com

QC NEMBA Trail Build Day @ Pauchaug

Date

10/27/19 (All day)

Quiet Corner NEMBA Green Falls Trail Build In The Pachaug State Forest

Let's get this trail FINISHED--we're getting close. Please join us.

Trail build crews will help trim, clean and clear the location, working on different sections of trail during this project. Expect hard labor, bring work gloves and wear appropriate clothing to deal with some brush work (suggest boots and Jeans, but some folks seem okay to use shorts). Tools will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring clippers and pruners.

This new multi-use trail is a collaboration between CT DEEP and Quiet Corner NEMBA that has been developed over the past few years and recently approved.

Drinks and snacks are provided. Please dress appropriately for working in the woods.

We'll start @ 9:00 AM and be done by Noon.

Parking on the dirt road about 1/2 mile from the RI boarder on the south side of 138 at 432 Rockville Road, Voluntown. There is a Green Gate, which will be unlocked once one of the DEEP folks arrive with the Key.

Save time by signing NEMBA's annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so. Read more about QC NEMBA Trail Build Day @ Pauchaug

Chapter

Quiet Corner Rhode Island Southeastern CT NEMBA

Trail

Event Leader

Stacey Jimenez
quietcornernemba@gmail.com

FC NEMBA Mianus All Levels Family Ride

Event Date

9/28/19 12:15pm to 2:15pm

Meeting at Red Barn 12:15PM

Overflow parking on Canfield Avenue - please be kind to its residents!

A couple of hours, no drop all levels ride.

Then relocate to the FC NEMBA Bike Swap at Beta in Stamford.

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Location

Mianus River Park

Chapter

State

Connecticut

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Monika Stokes

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