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


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
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The Ridgefield Playhouse


Central CT Fairfield County

Event Leader

Ryan Tucker

HV NEMBA Thanksgiving Ride Series

Event Date

11/26/20 (All day) to 11/29/20 (All day)

HV NEMBA Thanksgiving Weekend Ride Series

Join HVNEMBA for the Stick Season Social Ride Series over the 4 day Thanksgiving Weekend and experience the local trails.

Contact the ride leader for meeting place. Limit of 10 riders for each ride.

Parking and times are staggered for social distancing.

Please bring face covering.

Contact for entire series , Maria Dumoulin , .

Sign the NEMBA online ride waiver if you havent already done so.

There will be a limit of 10 people in each ride.

Thurs Nov 26

Rockhouse, Oxford, 8:30 a.m., intermediate no-drop,Chris Del Sole,


Friday Nov 27

Rockhouse, Oxford, 10 am , intermellow, Paula Burton ,

Sat. Nov 28

Rockhouse, Oxford, 10 a.m., beginner, Lori Johnstone,

Sat. Nov. 28

Qullinan SF, Seymour, 1pm,. Intermediate, Tony Queiroga,

Sun Nov 29

Waldo , Southbury, 1pm intermellow , Paula Burton ,

Sun Nov 29

Rockhouse, Oxford, 10am intermediate no-drop, Maria Dumoulin

Sun Nov.29

Rockhouse, Oxford, 11am , Family (all levels), Matt Tullo,

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Maria Dumoulin

Southern CT

Northern CT

Dividend Pond, Rocky Hill

8 Old Forge Rd
Rocky Hill  Connecticut  06067
United States








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

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HV NEMBA Trail Care Day @ Trolley Trails


11/22/20 9:00am to 12:00pm

HV NEMBA New Trail Build at Trolly Trails

The event is Sunday November 22nd starting at 9am in Woodbury, CT.

We will be working on the Trolley Trails. This is still Trolley property but there is no trail on this parcel so it will be all new trails.

We'll meet on Tuttle Road.

Be sure to bring some kind of a face covering for when you're close to others.

Leader is Bill Lake. Contact him for more details, including directions to the starting location.

Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Trail Care Waiver ahead of time.


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Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Bill Lake

HV NEMBA Trolley Trail Grand Opening


5/3/20 (All day)

HV NEMBA & Woodbury Trolley Trail Grand Opening

On June 6 the town of Woodbury wants to hold a grand opening of the Trolley Trails.

The event will be on the same day as Connecticut Trail Day which is supposed to be a celebration oftrails in CT.

We will start with a beginner and kids ride with a ride leader at 9:00.T

hen we will have a 10:00 intermediate ride that will be all of Trolley trails and then we will go to Whitamore Sanctuary trails on the full white loop.

The town of Woodbury will be handing out maps that day and there may be a bike demo too.

   More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to the event.  Stay Tuned.

Note:  You Can save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Annual Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so. Read more about HV NEMBA Trolley Trail Grand Opening


Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Bill Lake

NEMBA COVID-19 Statement

Thursday, April 9, 2020

NEMBA Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic (updated: 4/9/2020)

NEMBA recommends that all chapters and individuals follow the active public health practices that are set by your local and state public health organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all in this together until the end of the COVID-19 emergency.

All NEMBA rides and events are suspended until state and local public health guidelines indicate resumption of activities are safe.

NEMBA Chapters can and should take advantage of virtual meeting technologies to promote connections in the mountain bike community and maintain basic chapter communications and planning.

We encourage all mountain bikers to heed state and local public health guidelines if you choose to get out and ride.

  • Be safe.
  • Dial it back – you may need to slow down and stop often for others.
  • Be patient with other trail users.
  • Don’t take risks.
  • Ride at off-hours.
  • Avoid crowded trail locations.
  • Avoid crowded parking lots. Park elsewhere and ride to the trail head.
  • Ride from your house to the trails if possible.
  • Ride alone* or with members of your immediate family.
  • Don't ride in large groups.
  • Provide extra physical spacing between riders, ideally >30'.
  • Be friendly and respectful of all trail users’ need for recreation and physical space. Say “Hi!” to other trail users!

*If you must ride alone, please take extra caution for yourself! Take a charged phone and let family/friends know your expected route and time of return.

We are part of a much larger community of people seeking comfort through outdoor recreation right now – we need to do everything we can to make it safe and responsible for all trail users.

This is also a very visible time to demonstrate that mountain bikers are positive, compatible, and integral members of our trail communities. We are all ambassadors – every one of us.

3/17/2020: As of today, NEMBA is recommending that all NEMBA chapters place a hold on all organized in-person meetings, events, and rides until at least April 15th, 2020. We believe this is prudent in light of the overall guidance coming out of local, state, and federal public health organizations to greatly limit groups and minimize contact between individuals. Chapter, or other meetings, that can be conducted via conference call or video conference should absolutely continue. We will re-evaluate this guidance as we get closer to April 15th. Thank you all for doing your part to help slow down transmission of COVID-19!



Given the recent developments with the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), NEMBA’s Executive Board is concerned about the potential health impacts for our membership and the wider community. In an effort to do our part to help mitigate the spread of the virus, our chapters are urged to follow all local, state and federal government public-health guidelines regarding actions that can be taken to staunch the transmission of COVID-19. While not exhaustive, some preventative actions to protect yourself and others include:

· Being vigilant about hygiene: wash your hands often and thoroughly; follow the CDC guidelines.

· Practice social distancing: keep space between you and others.

· Stay at home if you are sick.

· Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you use a tissue, immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

· Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.

· Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly.

Please keep apprised of changes during this rapidly evolving situation. Good information can be found at the CDC and WHO sites:

Many municipalities have, or are, enacting restrictions on large gatherings. Chapters should follow these guidelines and make preparations to hold events like chapter meetings via conference call or postpone if necessary. These guidelines should also be followed when considering organizing a group ride. While participation in mountain biking on the trails generally imparts a natural separation of greater than the recommended 6’ distance; we must recognize that there are opportunities for closer contact during check-in, stoppages and pre-post ride social interactions. Everyone should be vigilant on the trails to protect yourself and others. NEMBA is monitoring the public-health guidance and we will make appropriate recommendations regarding regionally organized events. We will communicate any changes to the regional calendar as the situation warrants. We urge everyone to take the needed precautions to protect yourself, your fellow riders and the community at large. Read more about NEMBA COVID-19 Statement

Central CT NEMBA Trail Day @ Dividend Pond


3/7/20 (All day)


The Town of Rocky Hill has graciously given us permission to build singletrack at Dividend Pond, a local recreational park with hiking trails.

The end goal is to build a total of 1.5 - 2 miles of fun, flowy singletrack.

The terrain in the area we are building in is reminiscent of the rolling terrain at River Highlands. For this session, we hope to make headway on a half mile portion of the trail.

Please bring a rake if you have one.

Wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and a snack.

    Also, make sure you have signed the once a year Trail Care Waiver.

We will meet on Pleasant Valley Road, along Dividend Brook in Rocky Hill for 9:00 a.m.

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Central CT

Event Leader

Glenn Vernes

Central CT NEMBA Sunday Ride Series

Event Date

Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Nov 29 2020 .
3/8/20 (All day)

Central CT NEMBA Sunday Ride Series.

Note: This ride is on hold until the Pandemic restrictions change.  Contact the ride's leader for more information.

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

The details for every ride will 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.

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

  Save time by signing NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time.

Questions? Contact me, John Puziss, through Facebook Messenger as I don't check my email every day.


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John Puziss

HV NEMBA Trail Day @ Waldo


5/2/20 9:00am to 12:00pm

Cancelled: Due to the Covid-19 crisis we are cancelling/postponing this event.  We will reschedule when it's appropriate.


HV NEMBA Waldo Trail Maintenance

Housatonic Valley NEMBA will be hosting a trail day at George Waldo State Park on Saturday 5/2 starting at 9:00 AM.

We'll meet at the parking lot on Purchase Brook Rd in Southbury. 

We plan to work on a few areas that need cleaning up and narrowing.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring snacks, water, and work gloves.

   There will be a ride and tail gate party after.

Save time by signing NEMBA's once a year Ride & Trail Care Waivers ahead of time.

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Housatonic Valley NEMBA


Event Leader

Andy Engel