The trails at Moosic Mountain are relentlessly rocky. There are no smooth trails on this loop, and the technical riding makes for a slow pedal. In the summer, there is very little tree cover to provide shade. The trails are signed fairly well, but you'll want a map for navigation. Most of the time you can see where they want you to go, other times cairns (rock piles) will show you the way.
This preserve is unique and beautiful, and the trails are top-notch rocky riding fun. There are lots of ways to extend or shorten your ride as you choose.
This ride starts from the main parking area off Moosic Lake Rd (Rt 247). There's an information kiosk and map available at the trailhead, but no restroom or water facilities.
On your right (east), find the trail sign indicating the start of Blueberry Trail
, and begin the rocky climb up. Don't forget to look over your shoulder to take in the first of many great views. Follow Blueberry Trail
across several small dirt roads to the intersection with the Water Fall Loop
, where you want to stay left to bring you back towards the Power Line Road
. Briefly head northwest on the road, and then turn south (left) onto Stonehenge
Follow the super rocky path south, combining The View
and Conglomerate (Right)
for great views and huge rocks. Connect across the dirt road to Bruised Ego Trail
, heading west on this fun and flowy trail. Cross over a small parking area at the end of Bruised Ego Trail
and begin the ascent of Gene's Trail
, wrapping around O'Conner Reservoir and climbing back up towards the Power Line Road
Near the north end of this trail, stay left on Gene's Trail
(rather than the marked Rock Angel quad trail). Head up the Power Line Road
, and then catch the second entrance to High Voltage
trail to do a quick counter-clockwise loop on this fun rock-slab trail. Continue the tough climb east on Power Line Road
, eventually bringing you back to the north end of Stonehenge
trail. Turn south (right) and do this awesome trail again, with a slightly alternate line by skipping The View
and then riding Conglomerate (Left)
Back out at the dirt road again, turn east (left) and look for the Bruised Ego Trail
access trail heading east back to the main parking lot.
The Dick and Nancy Eales Preserve at Moosic Mountain represents one of the best examples of ridge-top heath barrens in the northeastern US. Despite the name, these barrens are made up of a diverse spectrum of stunted pitch pine and scrub oak forest with flourishing huckleberry, blueberry, rhodora and other low-lying shrubs. And rocks. Lots and lots and lots of rocks. The trails will challenge your riding skills, and the barrens provide great views.