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Cockaponset State Forest

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Everything from dirt roads, to steep rock-strewn descents, to winding singletrack...whatever you want. Some have many rocky areas that may force a rider to carry the bike often. There's 15000 acres and I've yet to see another biker there!
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Latitude
41.423421445798866
Longitude
-72.54032135009766
Trail Directions
Several Entrances; consult a map to find most convient way in. Area is reached from exits 8 and 9 off route 9. There are dirt roads that go through the forest, and there are many trails that intersect them.
Trail Length
I don't think there's anyone who knows - there's just SO MUCH
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Haddam
   


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Review Date
January 15, 2007

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: czimborbryan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There are over 100 miles of trails within Cockaponset State Forest and nearly all of them are ridable. I would say that this is the most comprehensive trail system in CT with something for almost any XC style rider (not much for free-riding). The trails range from forest service roads to smooth single track and lots of technical single track.
For a detailed map and trail-by-trail descriptions, go to www.CTXGuide.com.

Have fun!



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Review Date
March 6, 2006

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: Robbo2 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
As noted, the Cockaponset has some of the best trail riding around-don't lose it by riding on off limits trails.

Please be aware that the blue (Cockaponset Trail) and blue/red trails (North and South Pattaconk, Old Forest and Wildwood Trails) are hiking trails only. (The section of the Old Forest that is colinear with the orange trail is rideable) They have not been closed because of injuries-they have always been hiking trails. Only short sections that run co-linear with other trails allow bikes.

The DEP maps posted at the trail heads state that they are hiking only. The DEP website (where you can also find the maps) also states that the blues are hiking only trails ( http://www.dep.state.ct.us/stateparks/recinfo/mtnbike.htm ) as does the CTNEMBA page ( http://www.ctnemba.com/portal/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&btitle=CE&mid=&ceid=5 )

To my knowledge, all other trails are open to bikes. Have fun and ride smart!

Check out the CTNEMBA page for upcoming maintainence projects in the forest.

TSGS (takes some, give some)

Recommended Route:
Park at Pattaconk Recreation area. Take the old (abandon) paved road up the hill. At the first plataeu take a right on the old skidder trail (unblazed only partially shown on DEP Map). This trail will head W and then N, slowly necking down to some fine single track technical riding. Trail descends to wooden bridge at intersection with blue and blue/red trails. Look along the left bank of the stream (N)for an unblazed trail. The start of this trail can sometimes be hard to find, but you'll know you're on it if you ride over a section of corduroy road. Follow N to Old County Road (gravel). (there is only one turn off this trail-a right, that also brings you to Old County.) Turn left on Old County Road and ride to a sign kiosk at Hackney Pond. Turn right onto the trail (unblazed but shown as tan on the DEP map). Follow this trail to end at Jericho Road. Turn right and climb! Take a right at the top of the hill onto the purple blazed trail. The purple trail will turn left-you go straight to Old County Road. Turn left. Turn right on unblazed double track (red on DEP Map). Cross gravel road. Follow to end at paved entrance road. Turn right to return to parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Get the maps!



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Review Date
May 23, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: muddy teeth ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I found this place on another web site, went a last sunday couldn't find a parking lot just the managment center off of exit 8 a right at the intersection with the "W" sighn and water pipe and the road ended and there was a dirt road and parked up there and biked from there. dozens of trails, ebery thing from technical steeps with rocks to nice acces roads. every thing from advance to easiers stuff. Definatly considering a gps getting lost was a major hold back on any real expolring. realy easy to get lost, the place is massive trail after trail.



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Review Date
January 17, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: rocknroadracer3 ,  Racer

Summary:
cockaponsett is the place to be. if you want to learn any form of technical riding without going out west to do it it would be here. the best riding in cockaponsett start on the chester side of the forest. otherwise you wont get the full effect.

Recommended Route:
the best route depends on what you like to do but if you want to do a 20 mile ride start in the chester parking lot, take the blue, continue on the purple then take the orange, at this point your in haddam heading back to chester. once you come back on the second half of the orange and purple trail take the red trail. and then ride back to the parking lot

Other recommended trails in the same area:
"the chute" double red trail, "julia falls" single red, the NEMBA trail i think its white



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Review Date
May 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BC , from CT

Summary:
I rode it once and plan to ride it many times again, I seemed to find a rather crowded spot (saw two other bikers and a hiker or two) but it was still great. the scenery is really something else out there, just don't look while moving or you'll get up close and personal with a rock before you know it. lots of up hill and semi technical downhills. I ran into one real tough trail that says "foot trail only" by the entrance, which really means a bunch of numbnuts went and got hurt so they closed it off to those with wheels and once you get on the trail (and even before that) you see why those idgets got it hard; its really, really narrow with lots of twists and bends spaced closley together and often down hill that can throw you WAY off course if you're not careful. To find it get on the "jericho" access road ride it quite a ways down until you get to a flat section, there will be a tree with a couple of blue marks, look to the right just past that and there is a large rock and stairs formation, you can try to ride up it (i couldn't) it seems to level off but there's a big rock with more stairs that you can't see. have fun and keep your eyes on the trail, it swithbacks alot and i found myself in the brush a few times when i thought it went one way and it really went the other. This trail is a bitch so no beginners that are'nt really, really ballsy. if you ride a rigid I strongly suggest you ditch the ride and go for at least a nice hardtail with a good fork elsewise stay away from this trail as best you can.

Recommended Route:
find the orange trail and ride it down, up is no fun but down is quick and there's a bueatiful waterfall near the bottom by a river crossing.



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