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Bigelow Hollow State Park

Average Rating:    (3.78 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Rough woods roads and singletrack, much of it very technical. Remote by Connecticut standards; map skills would be handy
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Latitude
41.992798155077665
Longitude
-72.13279724121094
Trail Directions
I84 to state route 190 east. Follow 190 through town of Union (not much there) to state route 171 east. Follow 171 to park entrance just past a large pond visable on the left. Several parking areas available off paved park road, but try to park near well pump on left about 1/2 mile in. The water is excellent.
Trail Length
more than 20 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Union
   


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Review Date
October 29, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jisch ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
One of my favorite places to ride. Its not fast moving double track like much of CT tends to be. There are some killer climbs, rock gardens, incredible views and a lot more. Trail selection and direction are key to a good ride out there. You can find yourself in the middle of a beaver pond or doing some serious HAB through boulder fields if you're not careful. Probably a good 20 miles of trails out there, maybe 15 miles of which are good to ride. 15 miles of Bigelow is like 25 miles of Case.

Recommended Route:
Blue/white/blue-white/blue-orange counter clockwise around breakneck, blue white counter clockwise from the Mashapaug boat ramp.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Snip, natchaug, nipmuck



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Review Date
July 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Sam S ,  Cross Country Rider , from nj

Summary:
great place to ride. Good single track lush forest,can be a bit slippery when damp or wet.Make sure you have a trail map and a compass before you go in. My brother and i got turned around late one evening when the sun was going down quickly and did not find our way out until 1:30 am . It is realy dark in that forest.Have fun !

Recommended Route:
Light blue and orange, white trail.



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Review Date
July 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Sam S ,  Weekend Warrior , from nj

Summary:
this is an ok park. it has some good climbs. But ALWAYS bring a map, matches, and compass. My dad and uncle almost had to camp out in the forest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recommended Route:
blue

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I do not know the area



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Review Date
March 9, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dave J , from Woodstock, Connecticut

Summary:
This set of trail is one of the best sets around this area. there is such a variation of trial styles and skills. if you havent ridden it you should.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trails at Black Pond in Woodstock Valley, CT of off Camp Road if you know where that is they are ok but not half as good as Bigelow



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Review Date
December 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Peter , from Woodstock

Summary:
I love this place. Of all the places i have been to this is my favorite. It has some good downhill sections which may be a little complicated and some paths to cross that could get your feet wet. It all adds to the excitement. There are some rather steep uphill areas but you are greatly rewarded when you have to go back down again. I wouldn't recomend going here without a map. There are many areas that can take you off the map and even into marshy muddy regions. You should stay clear from these. This trail is lots of fun but don't go without expecting not to see some puddles. Theyre there all the time. Have fun.

Recommended Route:
blue, white, orange

Other recommended trails in the same area:
mansfeild hollow



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