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Wadsworth Falls

Average Rating:    (2.54 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Fairly easy riding, good area for beginners. The Laurel Brook trail is great, and the Little Falls trail is the most challenging- steep switchbacks downhill, a creek crossing, and then a tough climb back to the main trail. These two will keep intermediate-advanced bikers entertained for early-season warm-up rides. Most of the other trails are basically rocky double-tracks.
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Latitude
41.535952601875735
Longitude
-72.68623352050781
Trail Directions
Take Rt. 66E towards Middletown, Right on Rt 157, follow signs.
Trail Length
? miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Middletown
   


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Review Date
March 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Blue Sugar ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These are cool trails. While they're not very challenging from a technical standpoint they're fun, and allow you get an aerobic workout and practice your cornering skills on smooth, twisty trails. It's also a good place for a mellow recovery ride, or a family ride, and I sometimes come here for an hour to warm up before the Tuesday ride at Middlesex. There are a few steep hills that will challenge your power and climbing skills. Some of the best trails are unmarked and not on the map. These trails are also very well maintained. Blowdowns are usually removed quickly, and mild but fun rock and log rides are continually being built. It skews toward the novice to intermediate end, but an advanced rider can have fun here to. Great place for a singlespeed/full rigid type of bike.

Recommended Route:
I usually start at the main lot, ride the purple trail up to the yellow, take that either all the way to the blue (when it's dry), or to the unmarked single track about halfway up. Then I take the white down to the orange, through the gravity cavity, and head south on orange, up the blue, right on red, back out to orange. Then I head south again on orange and take the unmarked singletrack down to the blue, right on blue, south again on orange. I take the orange over the plank bridge and go left into the woods onto the unmarked singletrack. At this point directions are hard to give and you need to do some exploring. There are a few good trails in there, some marked and some not. If you follow it all the way you come out again on the orange trail (really a carriage road) at the the southern end of the park. Head north on the orange, then left on red through the little falls. Watch out for hikers, equestrians and dog walkers, espescially on the red and orange trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Middlesex, Millers Pond, River Highlands



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Review Date
February 25, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: nyquist124 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
not a lot of trails, keep your eyes open there a lot of home made drops and log rides that are fun and generally pretty easy.

Recommended Route:
ride every trail theres not too much variety and none of the trails are very long

Other recommended trails in the same area:
middlesex college trails, blue blazed trails near guidas



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Review Date
June 18, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Shooter` , from Middletown

Summary:
not technical at all. a fun fast ride.. i would recomend these trails for beginners, or for family. and yes like everyone said the hikers are jerks. just go during the rain, the place is empty. normally i head over to middlesex to ride, then stop here on the way back.

Recommended Route:
i recomend you find the unmarked singletracks.. they arent very challenging, but this place is great if you're bored or looking for an ok recovery ride.i live down the street from this place, so i hit the trails about twice a week. the little falls trail offers the best downhill section with a rough climb after the stream. i also recomend riding out to rockfall on the main trail, then back on the singletrack at the end of it. look to your left.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
middlesex.



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Review Date
July 16, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: SongFTA , from Middletown, CT

Summary:
This is a good ride for working on technique to be used at Creek 187 or Maromas. It's also good if you are trying to get some aerobic workouts done. I prefer to enter on Laurel Brook road (toward the top) and pound up the Laurel Brook trail (about 250 yards of loose, rocky uphill). From there, the Cedar Loop will take you out to areas with lots of little singletrack spurs. These spurs are fun, with narrow tree passages, tight switchbacks (lay off the brakes and try not to skid - that'll close the trails for all cyclists), and fun hills. The Salmon Brook trail (parallels Laurel Brook Road and passes the Wadsworth Mansion pumphouse ruins) has some nice, off-camber areas and little drop off options. Deer Trail is mostly easy, but has a mossy rock section that is tough to climb - good for finesse work if it's been rainy. Little Falls trail is likely the most challenging of the main, names trails, with steep, slick switchbacks, the aforementioned creek crossing, and brutal climb back to the main trail (especially with wet tires). It's best to go on weekends, adverse weather days, or twilight with a lighting system (lots of wildlife to see). Just be courteous and share the trails - horses and families ALWAYS get right-of-way.

Recommended Route:
Start from Laurel Grove road or the parking lot by the big falls. From the Main Trail, there are lots of spurs, both wide and narrow. Keep an eye out for little single-track spurs that are a lot more challenging.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Creek 187 (Cromwell), Maromas/Reservoir (Middletown)



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Review Date
June 24, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: AC , from Middletown, CT

Summary:
Wadsworth is a lot of fun if you just want to go crusing around. There are a few main, very smooth and clean trails, that are used a lot by people on horseback andh hikers and runners. However, there are also a lot of little singletrack trails right off the main trails that are hard to see sometimes. Also, I think the best trail to ride is the yellow trail that runs along the Laurel brook and goes past the old Wadsworth Mansion pumphouse, its probably the most technical trail there, but Wadsworth isnt all about technical stuff, its just about crusin around. So yeah, Wadsworth is good if you arnt looking to kill yourself, but just want to get out and moving around.

Recommended Route:
You can park anywhere along Laurel Grove Road, inthe Mercy High School lot, or in the main parking lot for the park which is located on Wadsworth Street, big signs, easy to see. The main entrance to the park is on Wadsworth street, but you are better off just leaving your car on Laurel Grove Rd. for better trail access, and also, dont speed down Laurel Grove, because all the flowers and memorabilia on that large tree isnt to make it look nice. People have died on that road, so please, just slow down.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you are looking for mind blowing trails and you went to Wadsworth to find them, then you went to the wrong place. I reccomend going up to the Middlesex College and Resevoir trails, they are tiiiiiiiiiight. I might be a little biast being that Im from middletown, but I swear these are some of the best trails around. Anything that you can think of is back here, just too much to write about, you gotta go there for yourself. You can park at the MXCTC lot, or on Bear Hill, Maromas roads. Just get a map, Im not trying to figure out directions. Also, if you want more info on the area, stop by Pedal Power in downtoen Middletown, they know the area really well and will help you out, plus I think they take groups out on the weekends sometimes to go riding up there. Have fun.



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