Sunny Valley Nature Preserve - TRAIL

Sunny Valley Nature Preserve - Trail, Bridgewater/Brookfield, Connecticut

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.

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Elliott   Cross Country Rider [Oct 31, 2004]

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.

Customer Service

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.

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Eric   [Oct 30, 1999]

I ride south along the "Housy" from the Bridgewater town park,see above for possible routes

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Most trails run parallel to the Housatonic with a few crossover trails.There are long grinding uphills and extreme downhills-very mountainous terrain.The area is a long,thin park and you're never that far from help.The park is Mt.bike friendly because of cooperative trail maintenance by area cyclists(thanks guys).There are about 10 or so miles of trails in the park,but what it lacks in mileage it more than makes up with a great aerobic workout.Not super technical terrain,fun descents-but you earn them on the climbs.Try to get a map in the "Ct.Walk Book".All trails are blazed so it's hard to get lost with a map,and at junctions with most roads there are maps posted.BE PREPARED FOR CLIMBING!Have fun,it's worth checking out.

Similar Products Used: Bethel Reservoir,Tarrywyle park,
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vannabrown   [Nov 16, 1999]

go fast and jump

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While parked facing down hill go in the left side first .It is a good worm up and you come back to the parking spot in 5 min. so you can add or take off a shirt. Than go in the right side , when you come out on the road you go up the road and PAST THE RED HOUSE 50 yards or so and dive in to the left. and ride it all.

Similar Products Used: Shelly road Bethel, Terywile from the pump house on Mountanvill rd. Bethel, Or the cannadale rescrh place in Bethel it all is lenked together, pine mountan Danbury
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Jon   [Apr 30, 2000]

These downhills aren't very technical but that are a BLAST. Some of the best downhills in the area. Here are the gripes, however...there is no easy way to return to the top...and there are too many huge logs you have to carry your bike over. MOst riders can probably clear the smaller ones...in fact they make the trail a better ride. However these large logs appear enough to frustrate you. I am tempted to give these trails a high rating just because of the downhills. however downhills dont make a trail...3 stars.

Customer Service

Start off taking a left from the parking lot (facing downhill). This will take you around and back to the parking lot (you start off blue...jump to red...then come back to the road a little farther downhill from where you entered). Then take a right from the parking lot and take the blue trail all the way down...cross the stream and you will find yourself on this private road. You can either continue on and end up in Bridgewater, where you will have to bike all the way back on the road, or all the way back on the trail, whcih is impossible.

Similar Products Used: This area blows for biking. Huntington gets very, very old and easy. Bethel Resivoir is bad now because the back was torn up for house devlopment. Terrywile blows as well. C-Dale research trails resemble Nature Valley minus all the pine trees.
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Ron   [Jun 19, 2000]

I live only a few miles from this place and I'd read about it several times. I decided to give it a try this past Saturday and it's a great ride. Some recent storms seem to have knocked some trees down across several parts of the trails making them impassable (we're talking LOTS of thick branches and foiliage from treetops here, not trunks and logs lying across the trail). It was a bummer having to go around this stuff, and some more decent drops on the downhills would have been nice, but overall this was a great ride, especially the downhill section on the north side of the red trail. Next time I'll explore the portions of the trails that I didn't try last time. I'd recommend this place for intermediate riders and above. There was nothing really technical here, at least on the route that I rode, but there are enough sizable trees and logs across the trails that beginning riders will be very frustrated at having to stop and walk over these.

BTW, on the way back I decided to go for fun down to the bottom of Iron Ore Hill (just kept going past the start point), and I managed 40+ MPH just coasting on very knobby tires. I'd like to do some of these hills on a road bike sometime, too!

Customer Service

Start at the entrance that you find about 1/2 mile down Iron Ore Hill off of Northrup. Take the blue trail on the south side of the road; some great downhill single track. When you reach the junction of the red and blue trails, switch to the red trail heading back north. You'll cross back over Iron Ore Hill. Stay on the red trail for a great downhill here, and then take the singletrack through the woods until it comes out on Benson Rd. At this point I'd pretty much recommend a road ride back to where you started, but if you're in for a challenge, you can try going back the way you came! There are probably some other great routes, but this was the one I did on this first ride here and it was definitely worth doing again. Total circuit right at 6 miles.

Similar Products Used: Huntington, Cranberry Park, Wilton Town Forest
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Tino   [Jul 21, 2001]

This area is has average techinical riding and some killer climbs. There are quite a few sections where you must walk you're bike, which kinda sucks. Overall, its a great area if you want some not too technical but lung busting riding this is the place. The only problem is a lot of f#cking horses tool around back here and they literaly rip and tear apart some of the trails. No why is it that in some riding spots bikes aren't allowed but horses are?

Customer Service

take route 67 towards New Milford and take a right onto Clapboard road. When the road takes a sharp right, go straight onto the road in front of you. Follow that road to the end and the trail is where the paved road ends.

Similar Products Used: Mine Hill in Roxbury, Hidden Valley/Steep Rock in Washington.
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Dennis   [Nov 04, 2001]

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.

Customer Service

Blue trail on right side (north) while facing downhill in parking area

Similar Products Used: 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.
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Tucker Neary   [Nov 18, 2001]

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

Customer Service

get on route 133/67 from either way into bridgewater

Similar Products Used: Clatter Valley,Iron Ore,Wolf Pitt,Benson,Rocky Hill
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Collin   [Aug 17, 2002]

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.

Customer Service

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.

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Ian   [Oct 06, 2002]

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.

Customer Service

Start at the Bridgewater Town Park off of Sarah Sanford Road (I think that's the road) and head along the Housy

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