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Paugussett State Forest

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

Trails consist of rocky technical terrain, steep hills, fast decents, long accents, fire roads, and long scenic routes. You won't find too many drops on marked trails, but there are plenty off of marked trails. Terrain at some parts is very steep and can be demanding on any biker. Downhills are fast and technical.
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Latitude
41.39689998354142
Longitude
-73.20877075195312
Trail Directions
Coming from I-84 east or west: Take exit 11 (Derby New Haven). At the end of ramp, make a right. Then make another right onto route 34. Continue on this road until you see Bennett's Bridge Rd. (look for a flashing yellow light). Make a left onto Bennett's Bridge Rd. and continue until you see Osborn Hill (on the right hand side). Turn right onto Osborn Hill. Head to the very end of Osborn Hill, then make a left. At the end of this road is an entrance for the red blaze, blue blaze, and pipeline trails. Note: There are over seven recognized entrances to these trails. This trail head happens to be a favorite.
Trail Length
1 to 7 mile trips
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Newtown
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 25, 2013

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: spillski ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you like climbs and hard technical riding this is a great place.

Recommended Route:
There are many trails, entrances and routes. Unfortunately none of them flow very well due to the entrance points available to the public. My yard borders on the state forest and from there the forest flows much much better. I'd be glad to show people around.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Huntington, Waldo, Trumball



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Review Date
September 25, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Steve Cuomo ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have to subtract some points from this trail, as I hadn't ridden there in a while, and was bummed to find out in Sept. 03 that many of the trails have been totally thrashed by ATV's (I am talking really deep furrows with mud at the bottom). Also, some former trails now have McMansions and new roads for McMansions on them (this is the blight of Newtown, an otherwise great place). There is still a lot of good riding here, for those who like to get muddy and enjoy challenging terrain. Thank goodness for the protected open space, regardless.

Recommended Route:
Stay away from the Lake, except to see the falls. The best trails are upland.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sunny Valley in Bridgewater, Indian Ledge in Trumbull, Tarrywile in Danbury.



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Review Date
July 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: VCHIP , from Greenwich,CT-USA

Summary:
This place is great for an intense workout and challenging terrain including fantastic downhills,stream crossings,rock gardens and more.I love these trails for the longest,steepest climbs around.It can be easy to get lost your first few times so bring plenty of water and maybe a snack.My first journey here was on a sweltering summer day and I plunged into several deep ravines(5 or more?)only to find one way out-straight up.This adventure ended up taking over three hours(thanks to a busted chain-my last ride without a chain tool)but I quickly went back for more.Due to the steep,technical ascents this might be my favorite CT trail.At the top of the great quarter climb you can turn right then take a long ride down to the lake.on your way back up there is a wide turn off to the right that gets you to a long hilly powerline section of the trail.Try the turnoffs from here on either side-all are fun and technical.You can go back the way you came or the left-hand side trails eventually get you back to the top of the initial climb.Bring lots of energy and let it rip!Oh yeah-the other cool thing about the trail is the solitude-you almost always have the place to yourself.One word of caution-keep an ear peeled for ATV's and dirt bikes as those guys are big fans of the rugged terrain as well.Also,this trail is not for beginners-experienced riders need to bring their "A-game".

Recommended Route:
I take 111 to left on 34 then right on Great Quarter road.Entrance is on your left.This entrance starts with a great steep climb that can amp you up or kick your butt depending on the day.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trunbull(does it need a name?)Trout Brook(in Easton)Huntington Park,Mianus.



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Review Date
September 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: MTB'er , from Newtown

Summary:
If I knew the forest better It would definatly be more fun. If anyone lives near there and wants to show me were to go email me. Anyways from what I have seen the trail is alittle messed up and there are alot of hike a bike spots, but there is also some high quallity downhills and it has sighs of MTB'ers so i glad im not alone. I have built some real cool trails if you get bored with paugussett and there not far from the the main entrance on Great Quarter road. In fat there on Great Quarter about (.3) miles down on the right (theres a little winedy road that goes up there)Email me if you want to go there and i will show you around 8).

Recommended Route:
I don't know really but I have found many cool things in there. I usally go down osbourne hill and then right down to the circle. I then enter, go across the power lines then right up the fireroad till it meets blue trail and then go right. I found plenty of one of a kind slick rock and rollers in there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Trumbull, Nahasagon, And for the



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Review Date
September 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Hadrian , from Sandy Hook

Summary:
Great place to practice long accents and sweet downhills. If you enter from Great Quarter Rd it's an aggrivating 1/3 mile of fireroad uphill to the red blaze trail. The decent down this road is insane. Speed as fast as you want but be sure your brakes are ready to go! If you continue right, from the top of this fireroad, it's a steady deccent towards the blue blaze trail. However, there's plenty of technical riding on this part. Know what you're doing before heading on down. The closer you get to Lake Zoar (to the north and west) the faster downhilling is gonna go. If you wanna play chutes and launch off of 80 degree slopes, go deep into the river valley. It's pretty sweet there.

Recommended Route:
Osborn Hill Rd. then head for the red blaze trail. Awsome downhill stuff

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I got my own trail. Beats a lot of stuff in the area. jumps, ladder runs, and all the drops you can think of. And if you're into mud, my place is the place to be when its wet out.



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