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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: -
Total: 26 riders
 

Mountain Biking Wadsworth State Park

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#19 of 110 mountain bike trails in Connecticut
#2,655 in the world

Some really interesting singletrack installed within the last few years, some dual track, and then some really technical stuff that pops out of no where. A hidden treasure between New Haven and Hartford

First added by GreenGiant on May 22, 2007. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Hartford area: take I-91 south onto Route 9 south. Follow Route 9 south to Middletown. Take Middletown – Meriden Exit 15 onto Route 66. Stay on Route 66 through Middletown for 6-7 traffic lights – look for the signs Wadsworth Falls State Park and Route 157 at a traffic light near a Walgreen’s Pharmacy. Take a left onto Route 157. Stay on Route 157. Wadsworth Falls State Park will be on the left. From New Haven area: take I-91 north onto Route 66 (Middletown – Meriden Exit 15). Follow Route 66 towards Middletown. Look for the signs Wadsworth Falls State Park and Route 157 on the right. Follow Route 157 to Wadsworth Falls State Park. From Westbrook/Shoreline areas: take Route 9 north onto Route 66 (Middletown – Meriden Exit 15). Follow Route 66 through Middletown for 6-7 traffic lights. Take Route 157 off Route 66 near a Walgreen’s Pharmacy. Stay on Route 157 to Wadsworth Falls State Park.
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  • Quantum105
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    Nice easy riding at Wadsworth.

    Most of the trails are smooth, with only a few areas of rocks and roots, and only a few small sections of moderate climbing.
    Trails can get very busy, esp on weekends. Many walkers with dogs off leash and occasional horses with piles of crap in the middle of the trail.
    Do not pay the weekend fee at the main entrance: park either at the mansion or the other end of the park in the free lot....do not park illegally or you will get a $75 ticket from the man.

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  • Rider51
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    This is one of the more beautiful state parks in Connecticut. Most trails are fairly easy, though at some times a little hilly, and a couple that are technical if you choose to seek them out.

    The main trails tend to be wide and on weekends or busy times can contain a lot of foot traffic. Numerous side trails exist, some well marked, others not at all, and most are good quality single track with a few roots and rocks to keep you on your toes. Only the blue trail leading down to Laurel Creek, and then northeast to the wide purple trail would be considered technical, and parts of it expert.

    The main parking area off Main Street (Rt 157), and the waterfall lot off Cherry Hill road can quickly fill up. I suggest you start at Wadsworth mansion's parking area (huge) and find trails leading west and down to Laurel Grove Road and into the park. There are also a few spots to park on Laurel Grove Road itself.

    LBS Pedal Power leads beginner rides here weekly most of the year, and info can be found on their website.

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