South Mountain - TRAIL

South Mountain - Trail, Southington/Bristol/Wolcott, Connecticut

Good singletrack, windy and wooded. Some good climbs and descents capped off by a nice descent down Southington mountain.

User Reviews (5)

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Dave Lindstrom   Weekend Warrior [Oct 08, 2006]

Mainly fire roads, but the fire roads are better than your average fire road. Some single track, but they seem to get wider and wider each year because of the dirt bikers/quads. No man made jumps, stunts, or bridges. Some good downhills. There are multiple ways to get in. At the top of Willis St. in Bristol there are two entrances. Either at the dead end, or about a mile before that on the left there's a gate. We usually go in at the gate.. You can also go in at Woodtick Rd. in Wolcott. Biker's Edge parks at Alcott School and rides up the street and goes in at the power lines. We sometimes park one car at the bottom of Mt Southington Ski Resort. That's a fun downhill.

Customer Service

For a first timer I'd go in at the power lines on Woodtick Rd. Take that down hill to the bottom. Once you hit the gravel go right and a short distance you'll see an entrance on your left. Follow that for a bit.. Once you hit the uphill I'd take the second left (you'll see the white rock).. Follow that down to the Res and go around the Res.. Good luck!

Similar Products Used: Nepaug rocks.. Alot of fun man made jumps.
Tyler Mill in Wallingford is great too.. Double Dog!
Burlington has alot of single track...
West Hartford Res..
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3
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4
JimmyJaymz   Weekend Warrior [Apr 13, 2006]

This is where I got my legs for biking. Back in the day for BMX I would sprint as much of 'Willis Street' as possible. I later found MTNB fun at the top. These are GREAT trails and you can find enormous variances each time ridden with a quick change of direction. It's fast in the choppy, rough parts; thats what it takes to enjoy my rides. I did these areas back with a best friend with full riigid bikes in the mid to late ninties. I'm now on a 'Black Diamond' HT but have not lost my full rigid inclinations!!! Just find a set of GOOD beater tires and DO RIDE up Willis Street ya' BONEHEADS!!!!

Customer Service

Either park where 'Grossmans' used to be and follow South Street to Willis Street and ride on up, or drive to Willis Street top, and park either near the boat launch on R before fork, or if you are neat and clean, go straight at fork and park at ride away. Just wander in and hang on!!! You will find the bottom, either with the Ski Mountain (Southington), to which you just have to go left on road to find South Street (five miles) or go back up from Mountain bailout apx. 2/3 up on left from bottom.

Similar Products Used: Nepaug in New Hartford. Nasaheegan in Burlington. Cockaponset off of Route Nine near Haddam. Penwood in Stafford Springs. Bluff Point near the UnderSea Warfare Center, and Arcadia in Rhode Island.
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5
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5
Fid   Weekend Warrior [Aug 17, 2003]

Some O.K. riding can be found here. Lots of fire roads, double track and some steep singletrack with slick-rock-ish sections. Hike-a bike is inevitable, unless you ride car to car or your first name is Lance. The Blue dot sections are pretty good, but most of the trails have been ruined by mx'ers. Some decent riding along the ridge and the resivour wash is cool but not worth the trip. Although i enjoyed my 13+ mile adventure, it will be unlikely that I will return.

Customer Service

Park at Alcott School off Woodtick road and enter by powerlines. Or for unrelentless climbing park near lake compounce and ride Tookey's Trail to Compounce Ridge Trail. CT Walk Book has good map with all the trails.

Similar Products Used: Nassahegon, Mattabasset
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RATING
3
VALUE
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3
John Oz   [Oct 06, 1999]

South Mtn. can be a mtn. bikers Heaven or Hell. Tons of trails from open fireroad to the nastiest singletrack. Logs,rocks,sand,and when it rains, some of the wettest conditions ever. Ride the spillway, the Bobcat trail, and anything with a blue marker. Just watch out for occasional horses and MX'ers. Leave your attitudes home and have fun.

Customer Service

There are several ways in. Go in at the intersection of East St./Old Mtn. Road in Wolcott or park at Alcott Middle Scool ON Woodtick Rd. in Wolcott,go out entrance take left then take 2nd left of Woodtick. Go down road about 100 yards and you will see trailhead in front of you. Most of the riding is on the Bristol/Wolcott side, keep in mind this is a mtn. ridge that stretches from Bristol towards Cheshire. Don't be afraid to explore all the sidetrails off the main fire roads. It is pretty hard to get lost in here.

Similar Products Used: Closest trails: Burlington/Nasahegan, West Hartford/MDC, Camp Sloper Southington/Hubbard Park, Brooksvale/Chesire
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5
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Daryl   [Oct 25, 2000]

when it rains its muddy. at the entrance i told u about u can't ride your bike until u get to the top because it is very steep i don't recomend going down it unless u r good and no wha ur doing

Customer Service

there is a dirt parking lot next to the old entrance to lake compounce. the entrance is on Mt. Vernon road

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5
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Twitch   [May 02, 2002]

Have 10+ miles if wide fire roads, some single track, and on Mt Southington Ski Area the T-bar offers a nice side-by-side downhill. Gret views, sometime very muddy, don't drink the water!

Customer Service

Start at the bottom of Mt Southington, go left (facing up the Mt.) untill a old dirt road and the right (about 300ish feet)go up past what looks liek a junk yard(of sorts), follow up untill it forks, then have fun

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3
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