Level: Beginner
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +201/183 ft
Total: 16 riders
 

Mountain Biking Winding Trails

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#74 of 110 mountain bike trails in Connecticut
#9699 in the world

Major trail complex with lots to do. Trail maps are available at stations and you will need to pay a $5 fee for parking. The trail is about 5 miles long with little technical challenge but a great place for a fast workout. In April of each year it is home to the Fat tire Classic race, more info can be found at route 66 race series website.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Winding Trails is easily accessible from Interstate 84, exit 39 (Route 4, Farmington). Head straight off the exit and travel west on Route 4 for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto Devonwood Drive and then turn left onto Winding Trails Drive.
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  • singletrackmonkey
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    Yes it's private but there are plenty of non-gated ways to get into the large ~400 acres property (think rails trail). Around the perimeter is the main XC skiing route known as "Skaters Loop" which is 5k long. Inside are many side trails with a decent variety of terrain. Two trails connect into Avon Old Farms' property which also has a few decent trails.

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  • Rider51
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    Winding Trails is for the most part a membership only recreation area. Thus, you cannot visit this area through the main road unless you are a member, and some of it is private property. There are however a few days a year that the area is open to all for a fee. Check their website.

    Winding Trails is thus best thought of that you can't park there, can't make use of any of the facilities there, and should certainly be respectful of patrons or members you come across. The best way to ride the area is off the Farmington Canal Trail, north of Brickyard Lane where fairly obvious trails lead to the east. You'll find a myriad of intricate trails that lives up to the park's name. Some are marked as private property, many are not. Some are obviously on private property, some likely not. It's best that you use your best judgment on where to go, and if you happen to get lost on their property and are asked to leave, do so without a fuss. As to the trails, not much of it is technical, with a mix of double track and single track with few if any rocks, a few roots, and no big hills, but you could certainly work on your cornering skills there.

    Each spring an XC race is held here, where you can actually park and make use of the facilities. In winter they have cross country skiing where you can pay for a day pass to park and visit as well.

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