Ma turnpike to exit 6 jump onto 291 get off at big e
drive down street big e is on until you reach end of big e then turn left at light onto bridge. Stop at gas
station and ask how to go the rest of the way.
Summary: Looks like it's time for new review here. These are trails used by a lot of riders in the area and generally considered one of the best beginner/non-technical trails around. As a relative beginner, I'll confirm that impression. It's possible for a beginner to get into a little bit of trouble here and there, but nothing major.
We parked at the Robinson School on one end, but you can also get in from the Park entrance and from several other places. The park basically goes along the river with a bunch of trails crisscrossing. I didn't see the northwest third of the park, and I am assured that there are some hidden gems I didn't see as well. Well worth the visit unless anything short of solid technical bores you.
One note for those who are vertically challenged - there are no "big" hills except for maybe one on the power lines, but there are plenty of little ups and downs in some sections. It's hard to call it hilly, but it's not Florida, either.
Review Date May 11, 2003
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: worthless
, from suffield CT
Summary: From the entrance, take a left wich sends you into a minuite long warm up ride with a fun log pile and one steep little drop thingy. After that you pop back out on the main road, so cross it and take the singletrack near the enterance. This is really fun and fast with some tight corners that you can really rail. soon you pop back out on the main road and follow for like 15 seconds untill on your left there is some more singletrack. This starts out with a short little climb and then crosses power lines. After that there is a nice downhill, then take a hard right wich will take you to a water crossing. Climb out of the water and go straight up to a hard steep climp (you can see rt. 187 from here) After that there is some fast singletrack that crosses powerlines. Go into the woods the first chance you get and this goes down and then back up to the power lines. Cross the power lines agin the other way and you will once agin dive into the woods. Now you can rip this downhill! ITs quite long and then when you get going like 30 mph you pop out on the park road again. Take a right and follow the road untill you see a small parking lot on the left. Cut in here, and take the trail at the end of the of the lot. Then you will cross a bridge and roll down a jump backwards (jump it on the way back!) and follow the singletrack. Keep pedaling untill you see a steep trail on your left that goes up to some pwer lines. Climb up and follow the power lines untill after a quick downhill it pops you back onto the road. Now, climb the road up to the top were just as the road starts to bend, there is a trail. Take the trail wich will send you downhill and then to a water crossing. You can either cross the water or jump it (go on the left to jump it) then climb up and ride through a muddy section. Keep following the trail for a while , untill after a sweet downhill you pop out on some power lines. Take a right and follow the power lines untill you see a trail on the left. Take it and go slow so you dont miss a tiny twisty singltrack at the left. Turn onto it and ride it untill you come to a small intersection. Take a left and this puts you on the same power ines that you were just on. RIDE BACK!
Recommended Route: From Suffield go up rt. 187 all the way untill you see 911 burgers, then park next to the gate accross the street. Ride from there.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Penwood, Cowles Park, Cockaponset
Review Date December 29, 2002
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: Flying Squirl
, from Suffield
Summary: Since going to Axler's in 1996 I was introduced to Robinson and rode it weekly every Tuesday on the Bike shop group rides. Haven't stopped going and haven't stopped enjoying the diverse terrain and multiple skill leveled trails. I used it as a warm up trail the day before MT. Snow rides, it just has a huge fun factor, like a skate park, not too diffucult, but, not at all boring. The BMX jumps at the beginning usually took all of our time up, when we groomed them to luanch. Basically lots of rolling singles, fast DH section that winds like a coaster and awesome cardio run through the 2hr. loop. Clean smooth trails of sand, hard pack and nicely laid out rock gardens. Lots of small water crossings one with a sweet 5ft. drop or opt for the root step just left of it. Hope to see you all there. We hang out at AXLER"S BICYCLE CORNER, you should too! Wondering what bike to bring? Any will do as this Park has a bit for all. I have ridden; GT LTS in stock and DH form(39lbs.), XC bikes, and a Full blown Azonic Eliminater DH Race bike and every bike had fun!
Recommended Route: Park at the School south of AXLER's Bicycle Corner. Enter through two ploes and wind through till you hit the BMX jumps and continue left for the first short DH to the dam, then let it go.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Shinipsit, Granby trails, Penwood(off of Quorey Rd?)
Review Date September 24, 2002
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: KaK
, from Connecticut
Summary: Been doing a 12 mile loop starting with a little warm up trail on the right, after you pass through the park gate. Little warm up trail is level with not much in the way of technical, so you can take it as fast or as slow as you want. It dumps you onto the paved road that winds through the park...don't get too comfy because 50 feet later, take the trail head entrance on your right that brings you into the woods for a spell of flat, uphill, downhill and turns. There are roots to practice hopping and a small stream crossing with a pretty steep uphill climb (Sometimes folks driving by on 187 holler encouragement when they see a chick pedaling up that hill!). After that uphill are some neat downhills with not alot in your way...crank! Again, it dumps you back onto the road...but not for long. Take your next right back into the woods! This will take you into some close leaf-laden single track then to a bridge...cross the bridge and head to the right. This will bring you up a short uphill climb then out into some power lines, follow that to the left, crossing 2 wider roads, then bear right at the next turn. This takes you to some pine laden trails that eventually come out to some sandy power lines where...build up some speed going down, cross the paved road then pedal fast and hard to make it up the next hill (relish the climb because you'll be coming back this way to enjoy the great downhill and a wild jump!). At the top of the hill, bear left and come out onto the paved road again for a fast downhill. As you hit the bottom of the paved downhill, veer to the left and go up one of the 3 inclines that will take you to a neat half-pipe climb. (bear right as the left hill is all deep sand and much much steeper). At the top of the hill, take a left and hop the tree, then go left again. Look out for the next turn (right) or you could end up at the base of a gully with your bike wrapped around a tree! Keep following this trail (there are more turns but I'd be writing forever trying to explain them all! But there are a couple more stream crossings to look forward to.)...eventually all the trails will lead you to an overlook at the Westfield River waterfall. Take a gander at the scenery, then, head back! Some of the hills that you went down on the way out to the waterfall are somewhat challenging uphills on the way back. There are other trails that extend beyond the waterfall, that motocross riders use, but I haven't explored them yet because this ride takes about all the time I can afford after work. (takes about 40 minutes out and a little more back, because of the hills.) Haven't figured out how to loop the park yet and really am not too concerned about it, the ride is a pretty decent cardio adventure, even if it is an "out and back". Not much in the way of rocks or technical but a great trail for beginner through intermediate/advanced who want a good hill-laden mixed terrain ride. You guys and gals who love to jump stuff, can find your share of funzies out there! Watch for horses and hikers.
Recommended Route: Take 187 due North, from Suffield into Mass, until you see "911 Restaurant" (Bfst & Lunch place) on the left. Park in dirt lot on the right, across from 911.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Newgate Prison trails (Wildlife Preserve and Metacomet Trail)about 20 minutes south of Robinson.
Review Date June 9, 2002
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a month
Reviewed by: SteveB
, from Clifton Park, NY
Summary: Robinson isn't a technical playground. It is , however, a fun place to ride. There are some roots, a few short rocky sections, a couple of stream crossings, rolling terrain, and a bunch of fun trails. There are maps availible, but they don't show the trail system very good. On your first trip there follow the blue blazes on the trees. Once you get a feel for the area, you can do a 2 hour out and back from the parking lot down to the dam and back. There are a few nasty downhills on the power lines and hidden in the woods. Wath out for dog walkers close to the park entrance!
Recommended Route: From Westfield: Rte 20 to Little River Rd. L onto Feeding Hills rd (at bridge). Start at gated parking lot across from North West St. Start with the short loop left of the parking lot for a warm-up. Most of the trails here start on or cross the paved road. Head down the road and start trying trails.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Chicopee State Park, October Mountain(when dry), Kennedy Park, Beartown SF.