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Nathan Hale Homestead Loop

Intermediate

Trail

4.8 mile 7.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 308' 94 m
Descent: -277' -84 m
High: 660' 201 m
Low: 515' 157 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Dan Manley

A great loop with lots of options such as rock gardens, drops, and climbs.

Dan Manley

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Features -none-

There are a number of trails in Nathan Hale State Forest, however, none of them are officially designated for recreational use. That being said, mountain bikers are a permitted user-group as the mountain biking community is continually performing trail maintenance within the forest.

Always use caution and avoid active logging sites and environmental study areas.

Description

The trail starts from the parking lot to the left of Homestead. You head down the dirt road until you see the trail intersection just past the corn field. The singletrack starts parallel to the stone wall with good flow and some three to five-foot drops. Continue along the winding downhill to about the two-mile mark, then turn uphill for a long, winding climb through some rock gardens and roots. You cross an old road twice so you can bail out to miss the big hill.

The second half is flowing singletrack with some other trails off of it and fairly level. Toward the end, there are a lot of roots. The trail is not well marked but well traveled. Be aware of hikers and horses.

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Contacts

Local Club: Quiet Corner NEMBA

Land Manager: Connecticut DEEP

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Jul 26, 2019
Zachary Paquin
Overall challenging ride. Got a bit lost. Could use improvement over techy rock gardens. 3.9mi — 0h 49m
May 13, 2018
Joseph Sicard
4.8mi
Oct 9, 2017
Alexander Konovalov
Dec 27, 2015
Dan Manley
great ride. fairly well used. just enough mud to make it fun. some 3 to 5 foot drops. there is a lot more here than the map shows

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