Paugussett State Forest - Trail, Newtown, Connecticut

Paugussett State Forest - Trail, Newtown, Connecticut

DESCRIPTION

Trails consist of rocky technical terrain, steep hills, fast decents, long accents, fire roads, and long scenic routes. You won't find too many drops on marked trails, but there are plenty off of marked trails. Terrain at some parts is very steep and can be demanding on any biker. Downhills are fast and technical.

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[Jun 25, 2013]
spillski
Cross Country Rider

If you like climbs and hard technical riding this is a great place.

Customer Service

There are many trails, entrances and routes. Unfortunately none of them flow very well due to the entrance points available to the public. My yard borders on the state forest and from there the forest flows much much better. I'd be glad to show people around.

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Huntington, Waldo, Trumball

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5
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5
[Sep 08, 2010]
K Kenny
Cross Country Rider

There are 2 Paugussett State Parks in Newtown, CT. Upper Paugussett borders Lake Lillinonah and is a favorite riding spot for me b/c it is about 1/4 mile from where I live. I usually ride here 2-3 times per week.
How to get to Upper Paugusett: Mapquest or GPS 40 Echo Valley Rd, Newtown, CT - This will take you to intersecting roads of Sanford Rd, Echo Valley and Brody Rd. Sanford Rd and Brody Rd are both dirt roads - Brody Rd (no road sign) which forks right, looks like a driveway but will take you to a parking lot for the state forest entrance. At the parking area Brody Rd continues into the forest but is gated off to vehicle.
To start your ride from the parking lot turn left down Brody Brody rd (around the gate) and continue on this dirt road for 1.5 miles. FYI - a lot of uphill on this road. Always go left if Brody rd forks. At the 1.5 mile mark look for a trail entrance on your left - trail entrance has a tree with large faded yellow circle painted on it. Trail quickly turns to single track.
After 2 minutes on the single track you will come to a single track fork - go up and over rock to your left. DO NOT go down hill to right. This trail will take you on 2 miles of single track which will lead you back to the parking. You will experience about 10 trees that have fallen across the trail, most of which have been built up to ride over. Keep an eye out for 2 fallen trees that run along the trail and have been cut to use for log rides. Very limited rock gardens.
The nice thing about this trail is that you don't have to think about which way to go for about 1.5 miles. Not turns until you reach a double track that runs between 2 stone walls. Ride between walls for about 300 yard and keep an eye out for area to ride over wall on your left. Single track will continue over a ridge and back to the parking lot. Total loop is about 4 miles.

If you dare there is also the blue trail which is only supposed to be used for hiking. The blue trail is very well marked and also very technical. On several parts of the blue trail even the best riders will have to "carry" their bike. Other parts of this trail are a lot of fun to ride.
To enter the Blue Trail. - From parking lot head right on dirt road back toward Echo Valley Rd. Blue trail entrance is on your left about 1/2 way down dirt road. This entire loop is b/w 6-7 miles.


Customer Service

1.5 miles on dirt rd from parking lot. Always go left if road forks.
Single track trail entrance on left - tree w/ faded yellow paint.
Left at first single track fork - 1/4 mile from tree w/ yellow paint.
1.5 miles of single track - no turns.
Ride b/w double stone wall - 300 yrd
Left up and over stone wall to additional single track
Over ridge and back to parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

AL's Trail.

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4
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2
[Sep 25, 2003]
Steve Cuomo
Cross Country Rider

I have to subtract some points from this trail, as I hadn't ridden there in a while, and was bummed to find out in Sept. 03 that many of the trails have been totally thrashed by ATV's (I am talking really deep furrows with mud at the bottom). Also, some former trails now have McMansions and new roads for McMansions on them (this is the blight of Newtown, an otherwise great place). There is still a lot of good riding here, for those who like to get muddy and enjoy challenging terrain. Thank goodness for the protected open space, regardless.

Customer Service

Stay away from the Lake, except to see the falls. The best trails are upland.

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Sunny Valley in Bridgewater, Indian Ledge in Trumbull, Tarrywile in Danbury.

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4
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4
[Sep 20, 2002]
Hadrian

Great place to practice long accents and sweet downhills. If you enter from Great Quarter Rd it's an aggrivating 1/3 mile of fireroad uphill to the red blaze trail. The decent down this road is insane. Speed as fast as you want but be sure your brakes are ready to go! If you continue right, from the top of this fireroad, it's a steady deccent towards the blue blaze trail. However, there's plenty of technical riding on this part. Know what you're doing before heading on down. The closer you get to Lake Zoar (to the north and west) the faster downhilling is gonna go. If you wanna play chutes and launch off of 80 degree slopes, go deep into the river valley. It's pretty sweet there.

Customer Service

Osborn Hill Rd. then head for the red blaze trail. Awsome downhill stuff

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I got my own trail. Beats a lot of stuff in the area. jumps, ladder runs, and all the drops you can think of. And if you're into mud, my place is the place to be when its wet out.

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4
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[Sep 22, 2002]
MTB'er

If I knew the forest better It would definatly be more fun. If anyone lives near there and wants to show me were to go email me. Anyways from what I have seen the trail is alittle messed up and there are alot of hike a bike spots, but there is also some high quallity downhills and it has sighs of MTB'ers so i glad im not alone. I have built some real cool trails if you get bored with paugussett and there not far from the the main entrance on Great Quarter road. In fat there on Great Quarter about (.3) miles down on the right (theres a little winedy road that goes up there)Email me if you want to go there and i will show you around 8).

Customer Service

I don't know really but I have found many cool things in there. I usally go down osbourne hill and then right down to the circle. I then enter, go across the power lines then right up the fireroad till it meets blue trail and then go right. I found plenty of one of a kind slick rock and rollers in there.

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Trumbull, Nahasagon, And for the

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3
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[Jul 03, 2003]
VCHIP

This place is great for an intense workout and challenging terrain including fantastic downhills,stream crossings,rock gardens and more.I love these trails for the longest,steepest climbs around.It can be easy to get lost your first few times so bring plenty of water and maybe a snack.My first journey here was on a sweltering summer day and I plunged into several deep ravines(5 or more?)only to find one way out-straight up.This adventure ended up taking over three hours(thanks to a busted chain-my last ride without a chain tool)but I quickly went back for more.Due to the steep,technical ascents this might be my favorite CT trail.At the top of the great quarter climb you can turn right then take a long ride down to the lake.on your way back up there is a wide turn off to the right that gets you to a long hilly powerline section of the trail.Try the turnoffs from here on either side-all are fun and technical.You can go back the way you came or the left-hand side trails eventually get you back to the top of the initial climb.Bring lots of energy and let it rip!Oh yeah-the other cool thing about the trail is the solitude-you almost always have the place to yourself.One word of caution-keep an ear peeled for ATV's and dirt bikes as those guys are big fans of the rugged terrain as well.Also,this trail is not for beginners-experienced riders need to bring their "A-game".

Customer Service

I take 111 to left on 34 then right on Great Quarter road.Entrance is on your left.This entrance starts with a great steep climb that can amp you up or kick your butt depending on the day.

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Trunbull(does it need a name?)Trout Brook(in Easton)Huntington Park,Mianus.

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