Brooksvale Park - TRAIL

Brooksvale Park - Trail, Cheshire, Connecticut

Do you like climbing? The first half of the ride is almost all uphill- but you have some great descents on the way back. Some short, steep technical climbs, some long thigh grinders. Very rocky area, lots of baby skulls. When you find your way to the YMCA camp, you can go right and head back to parking area, or take a left to four-way intersection, take a left here, go right around a curve and right again where the road forks. In about a mile, on your right will be some power lines. A very long climb takes you to a blue trail on your right, which will point you back to the YMCA camp. A map and compass (or a rider familiar with the area) will help here.

User Reviews (25)

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Slipdgear   Cross Country Rider [Jun 21, 2013]

Watch out for the new landowner on the posted private land bordering Brooksvale park and the state forest. Best not to follow the trails in. He caught me 2x - my bad. First time he kept his cool even though I was doing some trail work on his property. The 2nd time he recognized me and went nuts. Motor bikes and quads have followed our trails in and he blames us. Must have been hunting season because he had a gun and his brother did too. What was creepy is the other guy stayed about 30 yards behind me. When I would turn to keep both in sight the guy would walk to stay directly behind me. Ever see the movie Deliverance?

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3
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3
Ethan Trante   Weekend Warrior [Jun 19, 2013]

Brooksvale Park has been closed to mountain bikes for many years and it's not likely to be back soon. There are "no mtn bike" signs all over the park. Unfortunately a few ignore the signs and now the situation is real bad. The park ranger is on a tear and the Hamden police are ticketing vehicles on Brooksvale Ave. Also the adjoining private land has a new owner that lives on site and he has posted the property and the trails (albeit illegal trails) obliterated.

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Ranger   Weekend Warrior [Feb 24, 2013]

Brooksvale Park is NOT open to MountaIn Biking. There will be talks in 2013 betwen the town and biking clubs as to the possibility of developing 1 or 2 multi purpose trail to give bikers access to the trails in the Naugatuck State Forest. In the meantime, if you bike on the trails meant for foot traffic only, you may be asked to leave the park and could be fined. Thanks for your patience as this issue is worked out.

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rockhopper2011   Cross Country Rider [Dec 05, 2010]

This place is great!!! So many different trails to ride. Some tough climbs and amazing downhills! Tons of babyskulls everywhere but overall I had a blast today! Can't wait for next weekend to come back and ride again! Go out and explore the entire park! Found some weird and freaky things in the woods!

Customer Service

Parking lot right on the Greenway in Cheshire.

Similar Products Used: Hop Brook Park in Naugatuck is okay but this place was so much better and larger!
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5
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4
Mountainbiker09   Racer [May 02, 2010]

It is very fun but very hilly at the beginning. Fun obstacles but there has been a lot a no trespassing signs at the fun parts. Many other places to go though.

Customer Service

There is a hill by the archery range which is best to go up. Go to the river at the pipeline and take red trail down.

Similar Products Used: West Hartford. There is a paved bike route but many off road bike parts.
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5
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3
baumer25   Weekend Warrior [May 17, 2009]

Trail is awesome.Some great small jumps, and techincal jumps.Lots of singletrack if u know where to go.looking for more people to ride with so far its only me and my firends i go about every weekend sat and sunday and spend 4-6 hours in there a day

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5
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3
jroy1186   Weekend Warrior [Apr 28, 2009]

Brooksvale is open and ready to ride, not sure why I keep hearing its closed. I've gone couple times in the past month and had a blast, only problem is I feel its wayyy to easy to get lost. The few trails Ive been on though have been pretttyy sweet. Its got a good variety of trails from the wide main trails to the technical single track trails.

Customer Service

Park by the baseball field and head up towards the main trail where the sign/map is. Start out going straight on the red trail shortly after getting on the trail you'll come to a fork where you can go left or right head right. This part is a good uphill thigh grinder worth the work though when you get to bomb back down it to finish your trip. After you reach the top you'll come to an intersection of trails. You gain go left, straight or right keep heading right. This part goes for maybe 1/4 mile cool little jumps and a 15 ft plank bridge that goes over a dried up rocky stream fun to bomb across. Once your over this you'll come to a short climb again at the top on the corner of trail it splits off take the first small single track trail on your right. This is a sick technical trail for those looking to test their skills and get some air. Its about 1/4 mile long you'll come out by another intersection and you can double back or take a left to head back in the same direction. All this takes about an hour. Keep on keeping onnnnn

Similar Products Used: West Rock is a decent place to explore, finding the good trails takes some time and usually the reward is minimal if your looking for some technical stuff. Worth going just for the great view from the top
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4
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3
G. Sperry   Weekend Warrior [Apr 06, 2008]

Motorbikes and quads have ripped up the trails in the Naugatuck State Forest. To make a bad morning worse, some traiil improvement work earned me a citation and fine from a forest ranger that creeped up to me. He said the forest is closed to bikes and trail work. I only saw one sign to that effect on my way out. The dude was a pain. He said Brooksvale Park is closed to biking too.

Customer Service

Try Larkin Bridle trail. This isn't worth the trouble.

Similar Products Used: Larkin
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1
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4
Bob Bergen   Weekend Warrior [Mar 23, 2008]

Since this trail is on my way home from work I use it for strength training. My goal is to make it all the way up to the gas lines in Naugatuck State Forest without stopping. Right now I take a short loop up and to the left, taking the connector over to the power lines and then blast on back down to the Hamden/Cheshire linear trail. It's a great view of the lower Cheshire Valley when you come out on the power lines.

Customer Service

See above

Similar Products Used: Naugatuck State Forest (start behind the YMCA Outdoor Center) off Gaylord Mtn Road in Hamden.
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5
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5
Bob Bergen   Weekend Warrior [Mar 23, 2008]

Since this trail is on my way home from work I use it for strength training. My goal is to make it all the way up to the gas lines in Naugatuck State Forest without stopping. Right now I take a short loop up and to the left, taking the connector over to the power lines and then blast on back down to the Hamden/Cheshire linear trail. It's a great view of the lower Cheshire Valley when you come out on the power lines.

Customer Service

See above

Similar Products Used: Naugatuck State Forest (start behind the YMCA Outdoor Center) off Gaylord Mtn Road in Hamden.
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5
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