Mountain Biking Trails in Connecticut

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  • Airline State Park Trail - North

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 27 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Dirt

    The Air Line State Park Trail – North is largely frequented by equestrians, hikers, cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. Start at the Goodwin State Forest Conservation Center off Route 6 in Hampton for the best option. From here to Route ...
  • Airline State Park Trail - South

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 22.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    Air Line State Park Trail showcases the engineering behind the Air Line Railroad, laid down through this hilly region in 1873 as a direct route between Boston and New York. As its name implies, the tracks ran flat and straight, like 'a line ...
  • Branford Trolley Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 0.5 miles
    Surface: Concrete, Crushed Stone, Gravel

    The Branford Trolley Trail is essentially a long footbridge occupying an old bridge along the route of an abandoned trolley track. The bridge links nature trails on both sides of the water through a marsh habitat that is home to many shorebirds, ...
  • Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 40 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

    Running north from the Yale University campus in New Haven through the heart of Connecticut, the multi-use Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, when completed will stretch uninterrupted more than 80 miles from New Haven to Northampton, Massachusetts. ...
  • Farmington River Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 14.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    The Farmington River Trail is built upon the former Central New England Railroad corridor and runs between the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail near Tunxis Meade Park and the Simsbury town line. A short disconnected section of trail extends between ...
  • Hop River State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 15.6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    The Hop River State Park Trail is one of Connecticut's top rail-trails. Narrow cuts and a lush tree canopy make for enjoyable visits year-round. Most of the 15.6-mile route from the Manchester–Vernon town line to Hop River Road follows a crushed ...
  • Housatonic Rail-Trail in Trumbull (Pequonnock Valley Greenway)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

    The Housatonic Rail-Trail in Trumble, a.k.a., the Pequonnock Valley Greenway, offers a shady respite from suburban Trumbull, this fairly flat trail overlooks the winding Pequonnock River for much of its 3.4 miles. Rapids and distinctive rock ...
  • Housatonic Valley Rail-Trail in Monroe

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 4.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    The Housatonic Rail-Trail in Monroe is a northern continuation of the Trumbull segment of the rail-trail. Locals refer to it as the Monroe Housatonic Railbed Trail. The 4.3-mile trail is largely forested and is a convenient bike route to William ...
  • Larkin State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 10.4 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    Canopied with deciduous trees for most of its 10.4 miles, the Larkin State Park Trail (a.k.a. Larkin Bridle Path) is primarily a wilderness trail, with wooded vistas, wetland views and sparse residential development. Its railroad past began ...
  • Moosup Valley State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 5.8 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

    This 5.8-mile trail is part of the planned East Coast Greenway, an off-road path that will eventually run from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. The Moosup Valley State Park Trail will connect with Rhode Island's Washington Secondary Bike ...
  • Stratton Brook State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone

    The Stratton Brook State Park Trail presents a great way to work up an appetite for a picnic at Stratton Brook State Park, the first state park in Connecticut to be entirely wheelchair accessible. The park also offers picnic areas, as well as ...
  • Vernon Rails-to-Trails (Hop River State Park Rockville Spur)

    Rail-Trail

    State: CT
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    Thanks to skilled engineers with the former Hartford, Providence, & Fishkill Railroad, the pretty Vernon Rails-to-Trails overlooks ravines and streams and passes between rock walls verdant with ferns and lichen. Crossing a wooded terrain of ...