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Last Known StatusOpen
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This scenic area offers a great single track loop (for motorcycles only) with about 12 miles of trail covering 800 acres of public land. There are some technical sections with ruts and some short rocky climbs with tight cutbacks, but overall nothing too bad.

The area is generally open for trail riding during the summer months and weekends are often busy. The last couple of years (2011-2012) have had delayed openings and early closures due to storm damage and downed trees, leaving a very short riding season.

During the winter, the trails are reserved for snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Although some parts of the trail are fairly wide, ATVs and quads are not permitted. There is no camping on site but the day use area has picnic tables, restrooms, and water. The nearby model aircraft flying field also has tables and BBQ grills.

This area may close on short notice during and after inclement weather, so call first before heading out.

Camping: Black Rock State Park (Watertown) (860) 283-8088 Taylor Brook Campground at Burr Pond State Park (Torrington) (860) 379-0712

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityThomaston, CT
Address331 Hill Road, Thomaston, CT 06787
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Street Map
Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Waterbury, CT
1) Take Route 8 north to exit 39
2) Turn left (west) off the ramp onto East Main Street
3) At the traffic light, turn right (north) onto North Main Street
4) Continue about 1 mile then turn right (northeast) on Route 222 (Hill Road)
5) Entrance is about 0.5 mile on the left (look for signs)
6) Cross the dam to the main staging area.
AREA TYPE
AreaTrail
LandArmy Corps of Engineers
MX TRACK  Motocross Track
FeaturesPublic
Max Engine SizeNo Maximum
Min Engine SizeNo Minimum
CommentSmall MX track with berms and whoops and two or three small (5ft) jumps

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCT All Terrain Registration required (DMV)
Dates OpenLate May through October 14 (weather and reservoir flood management operations permitting)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
CT All Terrain Registration requires spark arrestor
Noise LimitYesCT All Terrain Registration requires 'reasonable' volume
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedCT All Terrain Registration required (DMV)
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYes
BicyclesSome AreasNot Recommended
HikingSome Areas
HorsebackProhibited
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNoriding hours 8am to sunset
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicOn-Site Office/Station
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.
CommentOut of state registrations from NY, VT, FL and PA are honored.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (S)Waterbury Hospital (203) 573-6136
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (S)Sunoco (860) 283-0239
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (S)Sunoco (860) 283-0239
Potable Water WaterOn SiteDay Use Area
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Branch Brook Campground (860) 283-8144
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Branch Brook Campground (860) 283-8144
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (SE)Branch Brook Campground (860) 283-8144
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (SE)Waterbury
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (SW)Black Rock State Park (860) 424-3000
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteNaugatuck River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp1-5 Miles (W)Nystrom's Park (860) 283-6927
Contact InfoVincent Gaultieri (Park Manager)
Army Corps of Engineers
331 Hill Road
Thomaston, CT 06787
(860) 283-5540
(978) 318-8377
vincent.a.gaultieri@usace.army.mil
john.a.haluchak@usace.army.mil
www.nae.usace.army.mil
Contact InfoPathfinders Motorcycle Club
P.O. Box 18
Bethany, CT 06524
(203) 516-7284
pathfindersmc@yahoo.com
www.pathfindersmc.org

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