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Babcock Preserve

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Several well marked hiking and equestrian trails, Mountain bikes are tolerated but be courteous. Trails are VERY Rocky and technical. Designed for horses not bikes.
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Latitude
41.08607952131088
Longitude
-73.60213279724121
Trail Directions
Merritt Parkway to North Street Exit Head West less than one mile. Entrance on left is well marked.
Trail Length
up to 4 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Greenwich
   


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Review Date
March 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: wolfgang8 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am by no means a technical rider, but at the same time i'm not a complete novice - just your average weekend rider. I have an entry level hard tail - i wouldn't recommend this trail with anything entry level. This trail gave me a run for my money, the terrain was very rocky with a lot of obstacles. About 5 minutes into my ride around the preserve, I found 2 lost hikers who asked me for help on how to get back to the parking area. I gladly did so and went on my way. I should have taken that as a sign. About 45 minutes in, I started to lose my bearings and any signs of markers, so i went to make my way back. That didn't work out very well. I kept trying to retrace my path, but i somehow kept ending up in the same very tough terrain. I threw on my phones GPS to get me out of there, but no service. At this point i just wanted to get out before dark, so I had to quietly stand there until i heard a car pass in the far distance. Knowing the park is square, I walked in a straight line towards the car I heard until i hit a road, and I had to bike the perimeter to get back.

That said, I had a lot of fun- I survived and it was a great learning experience for me. Don't go alone, pack a GPS and plenty of bug spray.



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Review Date
April 19, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tatdotcom ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
it's been a long time since the last person posted a review on this trail. i read the reviews and took the challenge of this rocky and muddy trail. i took the trail as prescribed by dave and somewhere along the red trail, got lost. some parts of the trail are very narrow (see bob's post) and at some point, i guess i steered myself in between bushes thinking it was a trail and had to find a way out. it took a few minutes of riding and hiking to find the yellow trail. this trail is quite technical and dangerous if you are a novice since there are many rocks, large and small (warning- rocks are hard and rock wins upon impact with flesh. rocks are slippery when wet. be careful). novices will not have fun here. also, lots of mud and water on the trail even after a few days without rain. horseflies are annoying.

Recommended Route:
from parking area, take red to yellow trail, and return to parking area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
stillwell woods, rocky point, forest park, going to try mianus park tomorrow.



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Review Date
October 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dave Bush , from NYC

Summary:
Only been on this trail once but had a great time. Technical with many large rocks, downed trees, and even some pricker bushes on Ruins Trail. I've been to Huntington Park and Cranberry Park and this one easily takes the cake.

Recommended Route:
Just hit the first red trail then you'll run into other trails that intersect. It's really hard to get lost in here folks. This is Greenwich you know...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You can get a great days ride at Graham Hills in Ossining, NY. I think it's off route 117 but don't quote me.



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Review Date
November 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: bob , from greenwich

Summary:
So lets review the basic rules of the trail: 1) Yield to hikers/joggers/runners/horses/deer/turkeys, slow down for oncoming trial users (bikers or hikers). This is critical on the main rail trail. An elderly couple nearly called the police last year after one 'buzzing' incident. 2) If you see a puddle or muddy area in the trail DO NOT ride around it. This only widens the trail. There are some trails that were a foot or two wide 3 years ago and are now over 6' wide in spots! You should ride through the middle of it. This keeps the trail narrow. IF you ride around it the puddle will only get that much bigger as time goes by. (Ideally you should have waited for the trail to dry out but that is a separate issue) 3) If there is an obstacle (rock, root, log, drop) in the trail you cannot ride over LEAVE IT THERE! 'Trail Sanitization' as it is known is not a nice thing. Some of us actually like the 'off-road' experience these obstacles provide. 4) When you encounter some obstacle you cannot ride, walk your bike. Making a new trail around the
obstacle only serves to widen the trail, make an eyesore, limit your development as a rider, and basically increase the impact we are having on the land (which land managers don't like). Advanced riders don't make easy trails more difficult (or at least should not) so don't make hard trails any easier. 5) DON'T skid! It damages the trails and only serves to reduce your braking effectiveness. 6) Don't 'cut' switchbacks. If the trail has a tight turn (hairpin-like) don't cut through the inside to get through it faster or easier. This is particularly true for hikers! 7) Wait for the trails to dry after rain before riding. Sometime this takes a day, sometimes a week. It's better to sit a week than get booted out for good by the land managers! 8) Don't make new trails out of convenience or to make a new challenge. In some areas (i.e. down by the river near the Indian ledge playground) there are 3, 4 or even 5 trails all leading to the same spot. Please stay on the main trail. The area by the river I referred to has one main trail, and easy way down, 2 drops and a very easy (but very damaging to the terrain) way down. All of these are not needed. You may notice that the latter of these has been closed. That is because it was (thoughtlessly) made on soil that could not support bike traffic. What used to be a nice sloping ledge is now an 18" rut cut down to the tree roots followed by long pile of loamy soil cut up by skidmarks. There are other areas as well, most notably the area where the pine trees grow by the river just next to the big field, that have many trails intertwining in a small area. Most of these are made by people looking to take a shortcut, trying to avoid mud, or who just cut across unmarked terrain to get to another trail. Again, this is damaging to the environment and consequently the sport.

Recommended Route:
enter cognewaugh go down to fork take left fork then 1/4 mile up take sharp hill up to the single-track and the rest is history.......

Other recommended trails in the same area:
babcock



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Review Date
July 7, 2001

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jon , from Katonah, NY

Summary:
Very difficult. More walking than riding. Lots of large trees lying across the trail.



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