Cockaponset State Forest - Trail, Haddam, Connecticut

Cockaponset State Forest - Trail, Haddam, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Everything from dirt roads, to steep rock-strewn descents, to winding singletrack...whatever you want. Some have many rocky areas that may force a rider to carry the bike often. There's 15000 acres and I've yet to see another biker there!

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 15, 2007]
czimborbryan
Cross Country Rider

There are over 100 miles of trails within Cockaponset State Forest and nearly all of them are ridable. I would say that this is the most comprehensive trail system in CT with something for almost any XC style rider (not much for free-riding). The trails range from forest service roads to smooth single track and lots of technical single track.
For a detailed map and trail-by-trail descriptions, go to www.CTXGuide.com.

Have fun!

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4
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3
[Mar 06, 2006]
Robbo2
Cross Country Rider

As noted, the Cockaponset has some of the best trail riding around-don't lose it by riding on off limits trails. Please be aware that the blue (Cockaponset Trail) and blue/red trails (North and South Pattaconk, Old Forest and Wildwood Trails) are hiking trails only. (The section of the Old Forest that is colinear with the orange trail is rideable) They have not been closed because of injuries-they have always been hiking trails. Only short sections that run co-linear with other trails allow bikes. The DEP maps posted at the trail heads state that they are hiking only. The DEP website (where you can also find the maps) also states that the blues are hiking only trails ( http://www.dep.state.ct.us/stateparks/recinfo/mtnbike.htm ) as does the CTNEMBA page ( http://www.ctnemba.com/portal/index.php?module=ContentExpress&func=display&btitle=CE&mid=&ceid=5 ) To my knowledge, all other trails are open to bikes. Have fun and ride smart! Check out the CTNEMBA page for upcoming maintainence projects in the forest. TSGS (takes some, give some)

Customer Service

Park at Pattaconk Recreation area. Take the old (abandon) paved road up the hill. At the first plataeu take a right on the old skidder trail (unblazed only partially shown on DEP Map). This trail will head W and then N, slowly necking down to some fine single track technical riding. Trail descends to wooden bridge at intersection with blue and blue/red trails. Look along the left bank of the stream (N)for an unblazed trail. The start of this trail can sometimes be hard to find, but you'll know you're on it if you ride over a section of corduroy road. Follow N to Old County Road (gravel). (there is only one turn off this trail-a right, that also brings you to Old County.) Turn left on Old County Road and ride to a sign kiosk at Hackney Pond. Turn right onto the trail (unblazed but shown as tan on the DEP map). Follow this trail to end at Jericho Road. Turn right and climb! Take a right at the top of the hill onto the purple blazed trail. The purple trail will turn left-you go straight to Old County Road. Turn left. Turn right on unblazed double track (red on DEP Map). Cross gravel road. Follow to end at paved entrance road. Turn right to return to parking lot.

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Get the maps!

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4
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3
[May 23, 2005]
muddy teeth
Weekend Warrior

I found this place on another web site, went a last sunday couldn't find a parking lot just the managment center off of exit 8 a right at the intersection with the "W" sighn and water pipe and the road ended and there was a dirt road and parked up there and biked from there. dozens of trails, ebery thing from technical steeps with rocks to nice acces roads. every thing from advance to easiers stuff. Definatly considering a gps getting lost was a major hold back on any real expolring. realy easy to get lost, the place is massive trail after trail.

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5
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3
[Jan 17, 2004]
rocknroadracer3
Racer

cockaponsett is the place to be. if you want to learn any form of technical riding without going out west to do it it would be here. the best riding in cockaponsett start on the chester side of the forest. otherwise you wont get the full effect.

Customer Service

the best route depends on what you like to do but if you want to do a 20 mile ride start in the chester parking lot, take the blue, continue on the purple then take the orange, at this point your in haddam heading back to chester. once you come back on the second half of the orange and purple trail take the red trail. and then ride back to the parking lot

Similar Products Used:

"the chute" double red trail, "julia falls" single red, the NEMBA trail i think its white

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5
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5
[May 15, 1999]
Damon Lane

This network of trails is excellent. I feel blessed to live less than 2 miles from it because the vast number of trails and the sheer size of the forest can provide years of varied riding. The trails are of many different types and required different skills levels so there's something for everyone.

Customer Service

I come in on Prker Hill Road off Rt 81. Parker Hill takes a 90 degree right and I continue straight down the dirt road. I ride these trails almost daily, but I still haven't been on half the trails, and there's so much I can't remember which way I've been.

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5
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[May 19, 1999]
Damon Lane

see last messege

Customer Service

See above for my review - This is to advise viewer that I will be setting up a web page with info on riding the State Forest. Check it out: http://users.cyberzone.net/~lane

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5
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[Jun 27, 1999]
Butch

Some great technical riding - hills too (if you want)
piece by piece I've cleaned almost all - but I've never been able to do it on the same day - There is just so much great stuff in there- it's bound to drain the juice out of your quads eventually. (I've gotte lost, there too)

Customer Service

Either you head from the Pond picnic area

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5
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[Aug 03, 1999]
Jut

Cockaponsett is everything you want in an area to ride. There are fast trails, techincal trails and damn near impossible to ride sections of trail. There are not many trails in the Northeast as nice as here, so, if you live around here, ride them. But do all of us a huge favor, if you see scumbags from the city trashing the trails and rest of the park as I have of late, either say something or just run them over!They are gonna ruin it for those of us who have been riding here for the last ten years. My review is only bad because of my disgust for the filth which people are leaving around some of the trails.

Customer Service

Too many to list!!!!

Similar Products Used:

Pine Ledge

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[Oct 09, 1999]
Mike

This is really technical. It was a blast. BUt you have to go with someone that knows the trails or you will get lost!

Similar Products Used:

Devils Hop Yard

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[Jul 02, 2000]
Bill

Damon's page is worth checking out if you are going to Cockaponset. As a result of getting lost here fairly regularly, my wife got me a GPS for Christmas.

Make sure you do take some sort of map, since there aren't many other people past the ponds here. Plan to spend the whole day here. I tried it after work one day, and was lucky to get back to the car before dark.

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