September 10, 2017
A truly underrated trail system, River Highlands (aka Cromwell Creek) is a unique place to ride. Nestled along the Connecticut River, this park has geological features absent anywhere else in the state. The blowhole as locals call it, is a valley in between uplands on either side, which leads to the river via crossing some neat bridges. There are very few rocks to be found here, aside from some on the sandy sections of trail. This park is not very technical really, but it is very flowy and fun. The trails are mostly flat or low grade, but there are a few challenging climbs scattered around the park. Features: the white trail runs on a bluff above the CT River in one section. Here there are really nice views of the river. The yellow trail meanders across the creek running through the park, with multiple bridges to ride over until to get to the sandy beach area on the river, which has a few fire pits and picnic benches. The green trail on the southern side is nice and has numerous dips, some berms, and 2 skinnies to ride. Throughout the park, there are a few scattered bunny hops/jumps.
The best news however, is that there is a new trail off of one of the Fire roads and a member of Central CT Nemba is working to complete another 2 sections of trail.
Although considered a beginner system, anyone can have 2-3 hours of fun here.
2018 Update: There are 2 new trails in the southern section of the park off of red on the right heading towards Nooks Hill Road. Called Upper and Middle Powerglide, these are 2 really fun flowy trails, adding close to an additional mile of trail, close to 2 miles if you include Lower Powerglide, which is also fairly new.
December 2018 Update: The first part of the blue trail reroute in the northern end of the park is complete. The northern end of the park will be more fun in the near future.