Incredibly beautiful preserve with some hike and bike required. Big climbs rewarded by plush,solid,loose,mixed flat single track with great downhills.Lake front trail in some spots. If you can find it, respect it and have a blast. Call Sunny Valley Preserve for maps and bike okays,I have not seen any resriction signs for MTB's.
Summary: If long granny gear ascents are your interest then this is the place. Heavy leaf coverage, 10/31/04, required a keen eye to stay up. Somehow we were able to cover a 10 mile loop and I do have to say it was one of the better "workouts" of the season.
Recommended Route: Park on Old Iron Ore Road. There is an obvious entrance off the road, take this one. There should be a map posted. Marked trails are red, blue, and yellow. They were all about equal in style.
Review Date October 6, 2002
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: Ian
, from New Milford
Summary: All right, I have to bring down this rating a bit. All in all, these trails aren't bad. Some killer climbs, some hiking sections and, as was mentioned above, some killer downhills, but they're over too quickly and you're once again climbing some sick s$%t to the next peak. My problem is just that these trails aren't that much fun because they're so steep. It's generally either up or down, without much fun stuff in between.
Recommended Route: Start at the Bridgewater Town Park off of Sarah Sanford Road (I think that's the road) and head along the Housy
Other recommended trails in the same area: Anyone ever ride in the Roxbury Land Trust area?
Review Date August 17, 2002
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Please Select
Reviewed by: Collin
, from Bridgewater
Summary: The parts of the trails down by the lake in Bridgewater are very fast and then there are parts that are slow and technical. Along the blue and red trail by the lake there are some very nice drops. Also on the trails there are some nice fast 3 and 4fter's that you can just fly through. If you like big drops you will have to go off the beaten path to find 10fters.
Recommended Route: The trails are marked by diffrent colors on the trees. I usually ride the red and blue trails. There is also the white trail that I don't ride.
Other recommended trails in the same area: In Clatter valley there are real short nice trails that are fun.
Review Date November 18, 2001
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Tucker Neary
, from Bridgewater,CT
Summary: I ride this trail and many more trails in Bridgewater every day, very good trails, all different styles of riding,i suggest you do these trails and many other ones in bridgewater
Recommended Route: get on route 133/67 from either way into bridgewater
Other recommended trails in the same area: Clatter Valley,Iron Ore,Wolf Pitt,Benson,Rocky Hill
Review Date November 4, 2001
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: Dennis
, from New Milford
Summary: 90 percent of the trail is downhill, and when taken to the end, require just as much uphill via road to get back to the start. The blue trail on the North side goes nothing but downhill,approx 1.2 miles to Benson Rd, for which I just found out is a private rd, although the homeowner at the end was nice and understood why I was there. I would suggest taking Benson back to the top,(exactly 1 mile of uphill) make a right at the stop sign, and stay to the right, all the way back to Iron Ore Hill, where you started, total from end of trail to starting point via road, 2.1 miles, or 3.3 including trail. I entered the blue trail on the south side, and took it to the very end back onto Iron Ore Hill, (.9 mile) then rode back via the road. On the way up the hill, about 50 yards below the blue trail entrance, on the south side, you can enter the Red trail here. It is a bit more technical then the others, and it merges with the same blue that goes to the bottom of Iron Ore Hill. You can do this red trail both directions, but there are 3 logs that you won't make it over, but if your crafty, can go over the stone wall and find a way around them. Ride once again back up the road to the blue trail entrance on the southside, the same one that goes to Benson road, except half way down that blue trail, look for the red trail and head back on that. It will end up just below where you parked. There is also a white trail, halfway down that same blue trail,about 100 yards before you encounter the Red trail, marked with a wooden arrow pointing left, then white blazes on the trees, I did this route and it required a few carries but nothing major. All together I managed 8.5 miles, but 3 of those miles were road returns. I didn't see the other trail on Benson road, on the way up that hill, past that red house, but if anyone else can tell me about it, that would be my next trip. There are several logs across the trails, most are easy to get over, but there are some that I wouldn't do, because of the leave cover and not knowing what is under the stuff on the other side. I only managed 2 endos, being stupid, but other then that, it was the biggest cardio workout peddling back up those roads. This kind of riding would be nice if it wasn't all downhill, it's too easy to forget the potential uphill climbing you have to do.
Recommended Route: Blue trail on right side (north) while facing downhill in parking area
Other recommended trails in the same area: Still mapping out one that i stumbled upon in another hiking area near Candlewood Lake, (Dikes point) nothing huge, but good simple fun of you live near it.