Huntington state park - TRAIL

Huntington state park - Trail, Bethel, Connecticut

Fire road type riding on one side with some Dead end loop type single track stuff mixed in. I say its a good 10 miles of it. The other side has all type so if I miss some its thier,short hills long hills logs sand ,drop offs horses, dogs , people, roots, power lines,mud, wash outs ,wooden bridges,state forest trouper tight , wide , ... You can have a good time with a group . ex. two good riders and three beginers ,Five good and three not so good. Take out what you bring in. ps only go something like 3-4 times a year.

User Reviews (40)

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Semitone   Weekend Warrior [Apr 21, 2014]

I really enjoyed this trail. This was my first time here and I did a nice loop on the blue trail. Started off easy enough with mostly a fire road, then it became something like a widish single track with some rocky up and down area. It then descended into the woods and got a bit tricky and twisty. I would say it was a fun intermediate trail..Not too hard, not too easy...just right. Overall the trails are well marked, and the place is very scenic. I only explored a small portion of the place but am excited about returning. Huntington is definitely worth putting on your list of places to explore if you live in the area.

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4
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3
OleMan Glade   Cross Country Rider [Aug 22, 2011]

A real Gem!

Everything to be said about the place has already been said. Just can't understand how some say it's just for beginners???

I've been coming here a few times a month since I moved to Weston in 1995. I guess I'm still a beginner after all my hours in the saddle. I can only ride about two thirds of the "rock and roll" trail (white trail). Still have yet to master all of the orange trails around the mica mine.

Customer Service

Start at the Sunset Hill entrance.

Take single track through tall grass on left side just past top of parking lot. Get up speed to get over stone wall at 1st tree line. Head through fields to end, go downhill right.

Follow single track down hill into woods. Fun roots and rocks leading to a fire road. Nothing very tough.

Go left towards Doddington Rd entrance. Head down hill to right. Just after 1st drop levels out head up into single track to left (carry speed to make hill easy). Go to end at paved rd.

Head right into Doddington Rd bottom parking lot. Take single track, rock path, to right of single rail log gate. This area opens up to quite a few fun options, all ending at either a fire rd to the south, or a pipeline the north. Explore and have fun! Nothing is over the top

If you end up at the fire rd go right, cross pipeline, head for single track. If you end up on the pipeline, head left, look for fire rd on left and take single track on opposite side to right. These orange trails split all over into loops that end up downhill at eastern boundary of park, or the pipeline, with an abandoned mica mine in the middle. Explore, have fun, retrace route back.

Similar Products Used: Troutbrook, Trumbull, Mianus are my favorites
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5
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4
Jimmy Jam   Weekend Warrior [May 19, 2009]

depending upon what you are looking for you should find it here. There are the main gravel roads where hikers and horses will be seen and some very good single track loops that take a while to find and sort out.

Customer Service

If you are riding between the two lakes and cross a wooden bridge look for a left and head to some rock tek that will bring you through some solid singletrack.

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3
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3
CB2   Cross Country Rider [Feb 02, 2007]

This was my first time riding Huntington, and I was riding alone. The trails were classic New England singletrack. Tight and twisty with rocks and mountain laurel closing in on you.
Some trails were marked others, were not.
I was able to ride 80% on singletrack, with the remaining 20% on fireroads, as I searched for the trails. The hardest climbs were the fireroads; the singletrack would turn with the contours of the area, and didn't really present any climbing challenges.
Very fun riding.

Customer Service

Park at lot on Sunset Hill, go down hill and find the white blazed trail. It will lead to more singletrack.

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4
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3
Poision Fang   Cross Country Rider [Nov 06, 2004]

I live less than 1/3 of a mile from the dodingtown entrance and enven less than that from the bear entrance. This summer i went biking there practicly everyday. It is a great place for biking and very beautiful. I guess its not too terribly difficult but it has many suitable trail that are tons of fun. Its a great place to ride with wide trails,(the size of dirt roads) to single tracks. If you are just coming for the jumps and teter totters, then you will be dissapointed by this park. You have to be coming because of the beauty of mountain biking in a prescene area. Its beautiful though. There is two man made lakes, which are great for fishing and swimming in (there is a ropeswing and a lighthouse sort of thing on an island, probably around ten feet up) And there is countless treasures to be found. I fund new trails every time i go and ive probably been there over 75 times. There is cool areas to be found like this hill maybe 20 feet high covered completely in micha, a big 60 foot cliff where rock climbers go, a little thing that i like to call the REdding canyon, which is like a ditch, maybe 15 feet deep surronded by vertical rock on either side, the beautiful hemlock forest and more. I read someone mentioned before that there is a landowner carrying a rifle telling people to get out of his area. I think i can verify this, but dont worry it is bvery far from probably anywhere you will ever make, its probably almost an hour from the doding town entrance, and is deep into the bethel part of the park. I was going down hill for probably half a mile or so, on basicly a double track, and passed an open field or two when i saw a house and the trail came to a T, I went to the left which was the same direction as the house to get a better look at the road i was near when i hear 11 shots desperresed ober probably about 10 minutes. as you might guess i quickly left. If you have a dog, i can gaurentee your dog will love this park. My dog has the best time when hes in the park so make sure you bring him along. Your supposed to have him on a leash, but as long as he is good nobody will hastle you. And one more thing; it is not a good idea to go right now, because there is construction workers, fixing the 5 dams that hold the 2 lakes in place. it is reall anoying and there is signs everywhere telling you your not allowed to be there. there is heavy equipment

Customer Service

scattered throughout. But techincally you still are allowed to go on sundays. SUpposed to be working through 12/31/04 but i expect longer. After done the water will be about 20 inches higher than previously. Good Luck!

Similar Products Used: Don't know
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5
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3
Nat   [Nov 13, 1998]

The initial review is very accurate. I would add that the climbs tend to be very rocky and challenging for that reason.

Customer Service

I generally have gone to the right at the bottom of the hill but it doesn't matter a great deal.

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2
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Dan   [Nov 20, 1998]

I have a fondness for Huntington `cause it's basically where I taught myself to ride.

Customer Service

From the parking lot with the animal figures, go down the hill. At the bottom go right if you want a tecknical decent and left and then right if you want to spin and warm up. If you went right, go left when you get to the bottom. If you went left, then right, follow this down until you pass the second lake on the left. The trail will fork and you should turn right. At the bottom of the rocky double track turn left. This will put you on the same place as if you had gone right to start with, left at the bottom of the hill and then right at the first intersection.

Similar Products Used: Trumbull is a must ride in this area. Lots of variety.
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Mr. Pink   [Dec 14, 1998]

This is by far the best of the Fairfield County rides with a nice combination of doubletrack, singletrack, grind climbs and rollers. Be careful on weekends for peds, horses, dogs, etc.

Customer Service

Start from the upper lot (bear statue), clean the steps and technical descent to the right. Get warm on rolling singletracks, turning right whenever possible. Climb long rocky hill (called "Boot Hill" for a reason). At road, turn right, and follow trailhead at cul-de-sac into sweet singletrack sections. Get lost searching for the old quarries. Careful on the powerline sections - the creeks are pretty soft...

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4
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tommy   [Dec 22, 1998]

good trails...takes about 3 good rides to see it all. By taking a left from the inside entrance you find some fast flat trails with a decent and rocky downhill trail. Fun singletrack on the south side. By taking a right going down the hill from the main parking lot you find some tweaked rain drainage thingies that you will never forget. lots of uphills and downhills, not a good place for beginners. Watch for walkers on the trails, and some decent pickerel, trout and bass fishing, take ur pick. great park not just or mtbing but other stuff.

Customer Service

Refer to the other reviews......I've got no clue!

Similar Products Used: plumtrees road(south side)many entrances and can be seen from road.....but private land with old owner....he'll never notice u were there! AKA the breeding ground.
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3
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Jon   [Dec 23, 1998]

My first MTB ride was here, and I really find this system of trails easy and boring now. The stuff near the front is very easy going and it excellent for beginners, but you must always watxch out for peds and horses here, and horse poop. I mean i guess if you ride this trail for the first time its okay, but its just more stuff that it too wide for singletrack, but too narrow to call a road. For medium level stuff (sorry, these trails dont get much more difficult), goto the back, and you will find a huge fireroad. One i followed it to the end and ended up in someones back yard, and lost my sense of direction, so i had to ask for road directions back to the entrance, and on the way I blew a tube and ended up walking half of it. Ive had good and bad memories here. Anyway, I think for seasoned riders (unlike myself) i guess it would be a nice alterative to road biking for fitness, because what gives these trails any difficulty at all is the climbing the downhills. Despite overall blandness, there are two personal highlights. Both are downhills. One downhill puts your suspension and your balance work to the test, it would be fun to ride down fast, but not with an XC bike =). The second is the right turn on at the entrance. Both are short lived thrills, though, and there is a better place for biking in Bethel CT. So you need directions, feel free to e-mail; me. I ride at this other place much much more, and its way more fun!

Customer Service

From the main parking lot (with the bear statues), go down the initial downhill. Then you have two choices, left or right. Both directions lead to the same place, but take a right for a more difficult path. Anyways, find your way to the bridge. Ahhh i dunno, there are too many trails here.

Similar Products Used: E-mail me for directions to the system of trails behind the BETHEL RESIVOIR!!! Oh, and there is a bike shop nearby, ill give you directions for them too.
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