Rockland Preserve

4.35 out of 5
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↑ 900 ft
↓ 800 ft
elevation (ft)

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Mostly singletrack with very few woods roads. The area is developed specifically for mountain bikers and has berms, log rides, and jumps/drop offs constructed by volunteers. The riding is mostly flowy XC with some technical sections mixed in and plenty of big hits off to the side for you free ride guys. New trails are under construction too!

UPDATE 5/2014: Dirt Church has been opened with another trail on the way. Also, a pump track has been constructed too!

UPDATE 9/2015: Permission was recently granted to add in another 2.5 miles of trail to connect the Renee's Way parking lot to Bambi on flat terrain. Along with the 2.5 mile beginner's trail, a more technical spur will be added off of the new trail for advanced riders.

UPDATE 1/2016: The new trails are open for riding, but be careful as there are lots of small roots and stumps that need to be cut down further. Although the trail is fresh and fairly soft I see a lot of potential in it.

UPDATE 5/2016: The new trails, Erratica and Beeline are running great. Both trails are still a little soft, but all of the features on Erratica make the loop a ton of fun. Skinnies and other obstacles are in no short supply; there is even a see-saw. And to top it all off, there is a super flowy jump line at the end of the trail with 8-10 jumps. I highly recommend trying this one!

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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recommended Trails
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River Highlands State Park / Cromwell Creek
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Reviews (34)

Granny Gear

November 22, 2018
Rock Mover Granny Gear  
Review: Place is ok. Some of the trails are overrun with beavers, big problem with flooding. Trees falling down there all the time too.

Similar Trail: River Highlands in Cromwell

Granny Gear

November 22, 2018
Review: Great trails, especially for the average rider and beginners. Needs more technical lines and more advanced jumps. Pump track is great. A dirt jump area would be awesome.

Granny Gear

November 22, 2018
Safety3rd Granny Gear  
Review: Great spectrum of trail terrain. The place has potential.

Granny Gear

November 21, 2018
Review: Great trails, very flowy. Needs more skinnies, more advanced features

Bunny Hop

November 21, 2018
bikerag Bunny Hop  
Review: Too busy, always closed, trails are all beginner.

Granny Gear

November 11, 2018
Review: I can see why Rockland is rated number 1 in CT, even though I prefer Cowles and Nassahegan(longer downhill sections). Well marked and a shout out to the generous volunteer staff that keep these trails very well maintained. East Loop, Dark Side and Dirt Church are as fun as it gets with some very well thought out construction(berms, switchies, skinnies, rollers, flows, rock gardens-just about everything. Like the signs say, try not to ride after heavy rains. These trails have held up well after heavy use but would hate to see the kind of erosion we see at the West Hartford Reservior.

Similar Trail: Cowles

Granny Gear

May 29, 2018
D'Greygory Granny Gear  
Review: Makes me (almost) not even miss Colorado at 9000ft. Could be better marked. I'd like to volunteer to clear the trails and to better mark them


February 28, 2018
Review: Copy and paste the link below for an awesome highlight video from Rockland Preserve in Madison, Connecticut. Rockland has been on my list for some time and it was well worth the trip! With 25 miles of trails Rockland was built for mountain bikers, by mountain bikers. Most of the trails are flowy XC trails, but there are plenty of hucks, jumps, and berms throughout to keep any enduro junky satisfied for hours on end. If you are ever in Connecticut be sure to put this on your list! I post new videos from different spots in the Northeast every Monday, so be sure to subscribe for more! Link:

Bunny Hop

January 18, 2018
Mtb_ctlm Bunny Hop  
Review: This is a great trail system. Everyone raves about it with good reason. Plenty of technical sections for those who like rocks, nice drops, berms, seesaws, bunny hops, etc. I'm not the biggest fan of super technical trail systems, but that's not why I gave Rockland a 4. Maybe I'm a little biased because Cowles has some really fast and long downhill sections, but I find Rockland to be more level. Sure there are some downhill sections, but imo Cowles has faster and longer dh sections.

Granny Gear

September 22, 2017
rexfordrex Granny Gear  
Review: This is one of the first tails i have ever ridden very nostalgic.

Rockland Preserve MTB Trail 4.35 out of 5 based on 34 ratings. 34 user reviews.
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