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Bradley Park

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

The trail start in a hub and radiates out in half a circle. lots of twists, turns and partially blocked trails from overgrowth.
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Latitude
41.182013156283936
Longitude
-73.43433380126953
Trail Directions
: I-95 exit 15 (Rt. 7 extension) go to end. Make left and go to end. Make right onto Belden Hill Rd Goto end. At stop sign intersection, go straight (Belden Hill Rd) at next stop sign intersection, make right onto Wolfpit Rd. Make left onto Oakledge Ln.
Trail Length
7miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Wilton
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Review Date
October 10, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: OleMan Glade ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fun little place. I go about one a week, due to it being my 10 yr old's favorite place. Everything to be said about the place has already been said. If you live nearby and don't have lots of time to spare, Bradley more than satisfies.

Also, if you are a decent rider going out with novices, it might be worth a bit of a drive. Everyone can enjoy themselves here.

Word of caution, don't be cheap with the deet. This place is loaded with ticks. I do a thorough check on myself and kids, and my dog always get a complete brushing after my ride. 9 out of 10 times at least one of us has a tick. My dog must average 5 or 6 a visit.

Recommended Route:
My favorite is clockwise around the orange trail, passing the top of the blue trail at the top. Some fun to be had on the teeter totter on the way. After descending the far side of the trail and crossing the single track bridge at the bottom, look for the board jump over a good sized log. Fun air to be had at cruising speed. Now look for the bottom of the blue trail over the 1st bridge on your right, follow it to the top, then take a left on the orange trail back towards the teeter totter and back to the beginning.

Even though it's not the most challenging riding in the area, something about Bradley is just fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Huntington, Trout Brook, Wilton Woods, Trumbull if you have your huck on.



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Review Date
April 5, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rica620 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'd heard this was a small decent trail for beginners. Since my kids and I fit that category, we went yesterday. I'm not sure if it was due to erosion or not, but we ended up walking most of it. Plus, there is now a hunter's platform on private property overlooking part of the trail with signs warning you to make a lot of noise.



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coachkecz (04/16/2010)
I would not consider this a great trail for beginners. It's not overly difficult but there are a lot of rocks and roots so you tend to not get a lot of flow unless you've got a "just go for it" mentality. A decent technical rider in mid-season form could do a 7-12 minute lap here but I can see how a real beginner might get frustrated:

-There are also two bridges that can pose a challenge- one because its crooked and uneven (I definitely pulled up the first time I saw it) , the other because the approaches are mounds of rocks.
-The two stretches of trail that provide a consistent climb/descent are neither steep nor especially long but they're both punctuated by the occasional rock, root or rut that can easliy make a beginner put their foot down or hit the brakes.
-There are several trees across the path (with decent rock ramps to get over) and if you don't have good balance or a lot of momentum you're not likely to try it.

If you live close by I'd recommend a few more trips to get used to it and you'll be able to clear most of the trail in both directions. The first time I hit the park I hadn't ridden for several years and I was a little discouraged by all the times I had to clip out. But I live close by and I was not going to give up on singletrack less than a 10 minute ride from my door. You just need to keep at it.

Oh, and the hunter's stand would only be an issue during hungting season. Even then it is not likely that a hunter would mistake a cyclist for his or her next kill.
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Review Date
October 23, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: David9999999 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This park is small, as mentioned, so I wouldn't drive there to ride. However, it is fun, especially if you know where to look. Lately there's been some work done to improve the trails, including a new river crossing and some work to bridges. Speaking of which, there are a few, 2 of them are long and pretty fun. There's a steep rock face kinda thing to ride down and a small (2/3 foot) drop, which can also be rolled. Fun technical climbs and a fast smooth downhill on the north side. Farther north, exiting the park there's a crazy rockgarden which is very challenging but rewarding if you make it through. Also at the north end are a couple dirt jumps and some insane 12 foot drop which I doubt anyone actually rides..

Recommended Route:
Clockwise. There's one trail that goes straight up through the middle, which you can also hit although I rarely do. Not very fast or anything special. I also recommend checking out the boardwalk into the swamp, it's pretty cool in the right season.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wilton Woods, Cranberry



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Review Date
September 1, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dyno05 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This place is only 68 acres so its a quick place to get through. There are some bridges to cross, a bunch of log crossings, and a nice ladder was built across a large log. There is a nice downhill with several switchbacks and a pile of rocks to blast over, along with a small drop (if you are going fast) or a roller if you are goig slow. The main loop ( orange) is about 1.2 miles so you can get through pretty quickly. This loop is the perimeter of the park, There are several other trails going towards the center, none of which did I ride down today. I liked this place better than I thought I was going to.

Recommended Route:
If you ride orange clockwise you will face a fairly technical uphill filled with a lot of rocks and roots, but you will be rewarded with a fairly smooth .25 mile downhill filled with switchbacks and high speed obstacles. You can go pretty fast if thats your cup of tea. If you want to ride orange counter clockwise you will have an easier ascent followed by a much more technical lower speed decent. I also spotted what looked like a very large drop, off a large rock embankment. Maybe 10 feet or so. It had no trail and looked like it was never attempted. It had a small natural transition. It is off the trail maybe 100 feet on the right when riding uphill on Orange going counter clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mianus, Trumbull, and the small but fun Woodland park in Darien.



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Review Date
May 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Jeff L. , from Wilton Ct USA

Summary:
Same

Recommended Route:
Its a nice trail, some uphill and a fun downhill, i kno the park inside out, theres some nice sections and nice drop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Same



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