Babcock Preserve - TRAIL

Babcock Preserve - Trail, Greenwich, Connecticut

Several well marked hiking and equestrian trails, Mountain bikes are tolerated but be courteous. Trails are VERY Rocky and technical. Designed for horses not bikes.

User Reviews (12)

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wolfgang8   Weekend Warrior [Mar 01, 2010]

I am by no means a technical rider, but at the same time i'm not a complete novice - just your average weekend rider. I have an entry level hard tail - i wouldn't recommend this trail with anything entry level. This trail gave me a run for my money, the terrain was very rocky with a lot of obstacles. About 5 minutes into my ride around the preserve, I found 2 lost hikers who asked me for help on how to get back to the parking area. I gladly did so and went on my way. I should have taken that as a sign. About 45 minutes in, I started to lose my bearings and any signs of markers, so i went to make my way back. That didn't work out very well. I kept trying to retrace my path, but i somehow kept ending up in the same very tough terrain. I threw on my phones GPS to get me out of there, but no service. At this point i just wanted to get out before dark, so I had to quietly stand there until i heard a car pass in the far distance. Knowing the park is square, I walked in a straight line towards the car I heard until i hit a road, and I had to bike the perimeter to get back.

That said, I had a lot of fun- I survived and it was a great learning experience for me. Don't go alone, pack a GPS and plenty of bug spray.

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3
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3
Rick   Weekend Warrior [Jun 30, 2009]

A very fun trail, great for training and sharpening your techincal skills. You must be comfortable with rocks on this one, there are plenty. In terms of difficulty, it is somewhere between Cranberry (in Wilton), and Wilton woods (also in Wilton). In general, this is a fun trail for a rider with medium skills. There aren't huge hills, but enough to get your heart pumping.

Customer Service

From the North street parking lot -
Red trail to end, blue trail, back on yellow trail for some fun log hopping back to the North street parking lot (you feel like a superhero when done!).

Similar Products Used: Mianus - Greenwich
Wilton Woods - Wilton
Cranberry - Wilton
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4
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3
tatdotcom   Weekend Warrior [Apr 19, 2004]

it's been a long time since the last person posted a review on this trail. i read the reviews and took the challenge of this rocky and muddy trail. i took the trail as prescribed by dave and somewhere along the red trail, got lost. some parts of the trail are very narrow (see bob's post) and at some point, i guess i steered myself in between bushes thinking it was a trail and had to find a way out. it took a few minutes of riding and hiking to find the yellow trail. this trail is quite technical and dangerous if you are a novice since there are many rocks, large and small (warning- rocks are hard and rock wins upon impact with flesh. rocks are slippery when wet. be careful). novices will not have fun here. also, lots of mud and water on the trail even after a few days without rain. horseflies are annoying.

Customer Service

from parking area, take red to yellow trail, and return to parking area.

Similar Products Used: stillwell woods, rocky point, forest park, going to try mianus park tomorrow.
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3
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2
Bill   [Nov 02, 1998]

This is a VERY rocky trail and downed trees abound and are not cut out. The horseback riders apparently like to jump them. They apparently have equestrian competitions on these trails at some time. No horses seen on our ride but stop for them since they are primary users. Beutiful park but be prepared to carry your bike many times.

Customer Service

Yellow Trail to Blueberry Trail to Green Trail to Dogwood Trail back to yellow then off White Ash Trail to Red Maple Trail and Back around to Yellow.

Similar Products Used: Mianus, Cranberry, Huntington
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2
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Bill   [Nov 09, 1998]

Getting better with new route.

Customer Service

If you read my last review, the trails are very rocky. I took an alternate route which was somewhat better although there are still downed trees and tight trails with tick hazard. Start red maple trail follow until you meet Ruins Trail - Blue Marker - follow ruins trail until it rejoins Red maple - you have skipped a bad section this way. When red maple makes a sharp right, continue straight on unmarked trail, it will lead to other trails and avoid another bad section on Red maple. Most of the bad sections are on Red Maple.

Similar Products Used: See last posting
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3
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JJ Jameson   [Nov 11, 1998]

The riding here is typical Ct. Rock gardens, logs ,
stone walls, etc. but pretty flat. there are a few short steep climbs, but nothing too bad. its a good place to learn technical riding. the carries are not too long if you can't ride some of the sections.And the tough bits are always there for the next time. Do be courteous to other users.

Customer Service

ride the perimeter counter clockwise from the red maple trail on the right as you enter the park. red maple to west ridge to blueberry to black gum to yellow birch to North street parking lot.

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4
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SchwinnGuy   [Sep 01, 1999]

It was all good. Technical, twisty, challenging, little ups and downs: it has it all, but in a very small package. Not too much aerobic punishment, but a lot of bike handling situations to hone your ability. That is, if you don't just go around everything, and make the trail as wide as a country road. If you aren't up to a technical challenge, go to cranberry, not here. And leave those DH rigs home, for this place you need a sharp handling, stiff, quick little hardtail. (Preferably a Homegrown)

Customer Service

From the parking lot, start riding...
try to remember some of the turns so you can find your way out. It can get confusing, and there's only a map at the parking area. Doesn't help much when you're lost in the woods trying to Find the parking area.

Similar Products Used: Cranberry for aerobic and beginners,
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3
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mike   [Sep 06, 1999]

This trail is very similar to Fahnestock in NY or
Waywayanda in northern NJ. Rocks, roots, fallen trees and some technical rock gardens. Not too cardio intensive but it will give you a good test of your bike handling skills.

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3
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test   [Dec 29, 1999]

teset

Customer Service

test

Similar Products Used: test
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3
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Alex Blocker   [May 08, 2001]

Very hard trails, lots of very rocky, technical parts, stream crossings are very hard in some parts, be prepared to walk some.

Customer Service

Take yellow trail to black to blue to red then back, good loop.

Similar Products Used: Mianus Park
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3
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