Southern CT

HV NEMBA Trolley Trail Expansion


5/30/21 (All day)

Housatonic Valley NEMBA Trail Build @ Trolley Properties

We are extending the Trolley property trail on Tuttle Road in Woodbury that we built last fall.

Bring gloves, bug spray and water. Rakes, and loppers would be good if you have them.

Bring a mask or a gator that you can pull up if you're in close contact with others.

  Be sure to sign NEMBA's Annual Waiver if you haven't already done so.

For more information and the exact starting location contact Bill Lake, .

  Read more about HV NEMBA Trolley Trail Expansion


Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Bill Lake

SE CT NEMBA Trail Build @ Nathan Ray Middle School


12/4/21 9:00am to 12:00pm

SE CT NEMBA Nathan-Hale Ray Middle School Trail Build


On December 4th, SECT NEMBA will be partnering with the Nathan-Hale-Ray Middle School located at 75 Clark Gates Rd, Modus CT in an ongoing trail construction project on their property.  

Specialized will be onsite to help host the event!

We will be working on construction of a boardwalk and bridge, along with building some other trail features and improvements.

We hope that you can join us!

Please register here:

Be sure to sign NEMBA's yearly ride waiver before you sign up. (if you've signed already this year, then you're all set)

Dress warm, bring work gloves and shovels, and bring your bike if you want to get in a post-work ride!!  Read more about SE CT NEMBA Trail Build @ Nathan Ray Middle School


Southeastern CT NEMBA

Event Leader

Brett Severson

HV NEMBA Family Ride @ Rockhouse

Event Date

5/8/21 10:00am

HV NEMBA Family Ride @ Rockhouse

Saturday, May 8th, 10 am: Family Ride, Rockhouse (Oxford, CT) 5-8 miles.

Meet at the gravel lot below Oxford High School (off Route 188).

*Pre-Registration via e-mail and a phone # for Contact Tracing are REQUIRED!*

*E-mail Isaac Taylor 

   Sign NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time. Read more about HV NEMBA Family Ride @ Rockhouse




Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style


Ride Leader Name

Isaac Taylor

HV NEMBA Intermediate Rockhouse Ride

Event Date

4/30/21 6:00pm

HV NEMBA Rockhouse Ride

Friday, April 30th, 6 pm: Intermediate, Rockhouse (Oxford, CT) 9+ miles.

Meet at Holbrook Road, red/white entrance (“Rolling Coal” trail on Trail Forks).

*Pre-Registration via e-mail and a phone # for Contact Tracing are REQUIRED!*

*E-mail Maria Dumoulin to sign up:

   Sign NEMBA's once-a-year Ride Waiver ahead of time. Read more about HV NEMBA Intermediate Rockhouse Ride




Ride Level


Ride Style


Ride Leader Name

Maria Dumolin

HV NEMBA Beginner's Ride Series


6/1/21 (All day)

HV NEMBA Beginner Rides

Starts Monday, April 19th, 5:30 pm: Beginner, Waldo State Park (Southbury, CT).

Note: Starting May 18th, this ride will continue the first and third Tuesday of each month at different locations.

These rides are aimed at newer rides although anyone can attend.

They are fun no-pressure rides where we try to finish with more smiles than miles.

*E-mail Paula Burton to sign up:

Note: *Pre-Registration via e-mail and a phone # for Contact Tracing are REQUIRED!*

  Sign NEMBA's once-a-year Annual Waiver ahead of time. Read more about HV NEMBA Beginner's Ride Series


Housatonic Valley NEMBA

Event Leader

Paula Burton

Southern CT

Haley Farm SP, Groton

30 Haley Farm Rd
Groton  Connecticut  06340
United States








Haley farm State Park abuts Bluff Point State Park.

It's a great place to ride and explore. Riding both parks at the same time would make for a challenging day's riding.

The best description of Haley comes from the Trailforks page.

Connecticut's first governor, John Winthrop Jr., owned part of the farm in 1648. Over the years the land passed through various hands, including the Chester family in the 18th century, whose headstones are still on the property. When Caleb Haley owned and farmed the land in the late 19th to 20th centuries, he had a very unique hobby which can be seen throughout the park - the building of stone walls. Boulders found on the property were extracted and placed by an ox drawn stone-puller. The walls separated a number of pastures. Some remains of the farm's buildings are still visible near the entrance of the park.

In 1963, efforts to protect the farm from being sold to developers began. The State of Connecticut agreed to match funds raised for the purchase of the farm. The Groton Open Space Association with the help of The CT Forest & Park Association led a successful fund raising effort that led to the purchase of the property. In July of 1970, Life Magazine featured an article on Haley Farm titled "Battles Won". Haley Farm became an official Connecticut State Park in July of 1970.

Nearby Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve was protected from great development pressures and was saved in 1975. It can be reached from Haley Farm via a bridge over the railroad tracks. The two parks, combined, offer over 1000 acres of land and are permanently protected as open space for public enjoyment.

  Read more about Haley Farm SP, Groton

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MTB Adventure Ride @ Bluff Point


11/6/21 9:00am

SECT NEMBA Bluff Point MBAS Ride



Join us in Groton, CT on November 6, 2021 (rain date November 7) 9am - 2pm for the Mountain Bike Adventure Series ride!  Routes will visit Bluff Point and Haley Farm State Parks, the Town of Groton’s Mortimer Wright Nature Preserve and Groton Open Space Association’s (GOSA’s) The Merritt Family Forest.  The properties offer a wide variety of activities including easy fire roads, miles of single track, and technical playgrounds for riding and hiking, plus beaches and a picnic area with grills.  There is NO PARKING FEE for out-of-state cars! 

There will be 3 arrowed routes of varying lengths and difficulty including a 19+ mile “Hero” ride covering all the properties.  Routes will be posted on Trailforks before the ride so you can combine them for more/less miles.

A 6-7 mile led kids' ride will depart from the registration tent at 9:45 a.m. Kids must have an accompanying adult, a helmet, water and snacks, and a trail-suitable bike, and need to be listed on their parents’ registration. Pace will be geared to safely suit all riders.


Online Pre-Registration is REQUIRED and is limited to 160 participants. If you registered for the canceled August 22 ride, your registration will carry over to the new dates.

Sign up early to secure your spot! Registration closes at midnight November 4.  All participants that sign up by midnight November 1 will be entered into a drawing to win some schwag!!"


Because this event is a fundraiser there will be no refunds.

  Late breaking updates will be posted to the Facebook Page.

  Read more about MTB Adventure Ride @ Bluff Point


Southeastern CT NEMBA


Event Leader

Brett Severson

Covid Brings Central CT New Trails

trail kiosk with bikes

Monday, January 4, 2021

The Central CT Chapter had some exciting news coming into 2020 with the opportunity to build the first bike-specific trail system in the town of Rocky Hill at Dividend Pond Park. They introduced this venture to us in SingleTracks issue 163 and this December we had a chance to catch up with Luis Moreira to learn more about how this project has fared since its inception. We also learned a bit more about its future.

Though a compact 68 acres, the Dividend Pond Park includes a rich history of grist, saw, and corn mills in addition to the multi-use trails. The parcel includes 10 water powered archaeological sites going back as far as 1667 and forward to the 1900’s. The town has captured some interesting historical notes on each of these sites in the park brochure, such as the $10,000 horseshoe.

This new bike specific trail was intentionally designed and built to provide a place for families and people new to the sport to ride, but the flowy nature of the trails and the advantageous contours of the land can provide a fun experience for all. In fact, Luis challenges you more advanced riders to tackle the Strava loop without braking and see how it goes.

Looking back to the beginning of this project Luis credits Glenn Vernes, Central CT Chapter President, with the insight to develop the Dividend Ponds area and add to the nearby River Highlands mileage. Glenn kicked off the project by introducing Luis to the powers that be who manage the area, and with conversations, approvals, and agreements to maintain the trails they were off and running. Or more specifically walking and flagging, and re-walking and re-flagging, and scouring google maps and contour lines to determine the best route for the eventual two miles of flow trails for part one of this endeavor. Many hours were spent strategically planning how to incorporate the elevation changes while staying within the boundaries of the approved plot of land.

2020 has been a challenging year for many, but it also provided Luis and Glenn time for building trails, refining flow, and adding little features of fun sprinkled throughout. Luis estimated that over 500 volunteer hours were spent on just this trail since the beginning, but I imagine that’s a very conservative estimate once you hear about the many 8-hour days he spent perfecting corners and clearing debris. Sometimes that debris takes the form of removing unsanctioned and dangerous features added by well-intentioned but uninformed trail users. *PSA – always check in with the trail managers before adding features to a trail*

Luis notes that while before Dividend Pond got little to no riders, now he often sees many people out there enjoying the trails with their families. He’s even spotted an enduro champion out there exploring the trails as Luis takes his regular rides making sure everything in the area is running smoothly.

Kudos to Glenn and Luis, and all the other NEMBA volunteers, for creating and maintaining this wonderful opportunity for local biking.

What are Luis and Glenn doing with all their time now that this project is cruising along? Well of course they are continuing to build and incorporate additional enhancements for this area (and others). Phase 2 of the “Div Pond” project includes a new scenic loop that follows along the river and that maybe, just maybe, will include a jump line or an advanced section.

Time will tell.

In the meantime, get out on these trails and make sure you let them know what you think!


Glenn Vernes recognized by Bike Walk CT

glenn holding his award

Monday, December 21, 2020

Big Congrats go to Central CT NEMBA Chapter President Glenn Vernes, who received a People’s Choice Award from Bike Walk Connecticut. He was nominated by his peers for the work he has done to open trails and make mtn biking more accessible to people of all ages and abilities! This annual award recognizes people for their contributions in making CT a more bike and pedestrian friendly place.


Glenn has been the driving force behind getting the permissions and then building and improving the trails at River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. These fun, flowy trails are great for all ability levels. He worked for weeks to correct drainage issues and added some new trails increasing the size of the park’s useable area. It is now jammed packed on weekends with families and people of all ages and skill levels. His knowledge of state and local land uses and legislation is insightful and what he doesn’t know he finds out quickly. He is always calm and respectful when working with land managers and town officials which can be the most challenging and time consuming part of trail building and advocacy.


Central CT NEMBA owes tons of thanks to the many volunteers who help with trail building and maintenance. But today we give special thanks to Glenn who often works quietly behind the scenes making calls, walking trails, and doing research to make things happen. No one is more deserving of this award.


Bike Walk Connecticut works through advocacy and education to make bicycling and walking safe, feasible and attractive for a healthier, cleaner Connecticut.


By Lisa M. Maloney, Central CT NEMBA VP Read more about Glenn Vernes recognized by Bike Walk CT

Central CT Autumn Chapter Report

Luis Moreria and John Sokoloski CCT NEMBA members who helped to open up an old trail at West Rock Ridge State Park Hamden, CT. Their mighty chainsaws cleared the path to complete the loop.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

(Image shows Luis Moreria and John Sokoloski CCT NEMBA members who helped to open up an old trail at West Rock Ridge State Park Hamden, CT. Their mighty chainsaws cleared the path to complete the loop.)


Autumn is the best time to ride in Southern New England, and it came early this year.


As I write this in mid-late September, we’re being treated to a spell of unseasonably cool and dry air. In a place where summer will often assert itself until mid-October the respite from heat, humidity, and bugs was a treat indeed. This, combined with virus-mandated leisure time, has kept the trails unusually busy. Mountain bikers have been conducting themselves responsibly on the crowded trails. Thanks to all of you for doing that. 

The biggest news since last report is the completion and opening of Paulik Hill Bike Park in Tolland, CT. This was a cooperative venture with the Quiet Corner Chapter, spearheaded by Jon Petersen, CCT NEMBA board member. It’s a trail system with bike park features such as roll overs, hucks, and skinnies for different ability levels. It’s been very popular and is getting rave reviews. Thanks to the many of you who donated funds for this project. 

The new Dividend Pond trails have also become very popular, especially with new riders and families. This is exactly what we hoped would happen and it’s great to see people enjoying the fruits of our labor. By the time this issue is distributed the new informational kiosks, built by a local Eagle Scout, should be in place. 


Most of our time since last report has been spent clearing trails of storm damage.


Hurricane Isaias cut a destructive path through central Connecticut in early August. Most areas were rendered unrideable, but they didn’t remain that way for long. The weekend after the storm mountain bikers were out in force clearing the trails in socially distant fashion and as a result some were rideable again by Sunday afternoon. Thanks to everyone who helped, and special thanks to Luis Moreira who put in over 40 hours clearing in the Middletown Cromwell area.  


Many of the downed trees were turned into features.


Three new skinnies were built at River Highlands, bringing that area’s total to seven. Luis and I built a teeter at Dividend Pond in mid-September. It was our first attempt at building such a feature and it came out well and is small enough to pivot quickly, but large enough to stay in one place. 

Lastly, I was given an award from Bike Walk CT for my trail stewardship and ride leading activities. I couldn’t have done it without the help of many, many people- too many to list. Thanks to all of you.  Although I’m not in this for notoriety, it was requested that we share the picture in this report. I guess it’s ok just this one time. 

Ride on-

Glenn Vernes, Prez