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Nepaug State Forest Mountain Bike Trails

Western Region, CT

Gravel Grinders, Recreation Areas

Directions
Trail Description

Location: Near New Hartford / Burlington. 20 miles west of Hartford, Connecticut

Length/Configuration: 1,199 acres. Network of trails.

Terrain/Surface: Network of hard-packed sandy dirt roads and narrow singletrack. Rolling terrain.

Technical Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced mountain bike skills required. Technically challenging. Short steep ascents and descents.

Elevation Change: Elevations vary from 450 to 1,000 ft.

Trail Use: mountain biking, hiking, horse-back riding.

Caution: Watch out for cars and hunting is allowed in season.

This trail map is a geographical representation designed for general reference purposes only.

Nepaug State Forest Overview

Nepaug State Forest bordering on the Nepaug Reservoir and the Farmington River consists of two tracts of land totaling 1,198 acres of mixed hardwoods, pine and spruce plantations and small swampy areas. A part of the Forest borders the State Fish Hatchery, where trout are raised.

Mountain Bike Trails - Nepaug State Forest

This small, scenic forest offers many hard-packed off-road trails and some sandy dirt roads interconnected by a maze of narrow, winding, technically challenging singletrack trails. You may have to hike-a-bike in some places. The deeper into the forest you go, the more challenging it gets.

Take a good map with you and check in with the Park office.

Nepaug State Forest Trail Connections

Satans Kingdom Road / Tunxis Trail

Mileage / Blaze: Blue blaze, 3 miles, Easy

Doubletrack dirt/gravel Access Road. A favorite ride of the "locals" is to ride the Tunxis trail northward to Satans Kingdom. They cap off the ride with a fun, quick descent to the river for a swim. A good spot for swimming is located at the end of Satans Kingdom Road.

Trail Highlights and Nearby Points of Interest

Satans Kingdom Recreation Area

The best way to cool down after your mountain bike ride is to head to Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area, located on Route 44 in New Hartford, Connecticut. This area of the Farmington River offers some great river tubing, rafting, kayaking and canoeing. The highlight of the river run is the Satans Kingdom Gorge rapids. Enjoy a relaxed, leisurely float for most of the two-and-a-half-mile ride downriver, and then thrills as you shoot through three sets of rapids. I've done this run many times. Lifeguards are on duty where the water is turbulent. There are Outdoor Adventure Outfitters who rent tubes and provide shuttle service to and from river.

This is not for young children. You must be at least 10 years old, at least 4'5" tall, and know how to swim well. The current gets strong in places

Location: 92 Main St. on Rte. 44. New Hartford, CT 06057

Historical Notes

Satans Kingdom, originally an Indian encampment, in 1780 had the reputation of being an asylum for criminals and evildoers of all descriptions. From this population, who eked out a precarious existence by hunting, fishing and stealing, Satan's Kingdom took it's name.

Directions

At the junction of US 202 and US 44, head west on 202 for approximately 3 miles. Look for an unpaved road on the right with a brown Nepaug State Forest sign. Enter here and look for parking at turnoffs up the road a bit.

More Information

Connecticut Dept. Of Energy & Environmental Protection: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP

 

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