Amazing Dirt Motorcycle Trails in Connecticut

Amazing Dirt Motorcycle Trails in Connecticut

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Though Connecticut’s rules for motorcycle riding and ATVs on state-owned land and other venues are rather strict, there are several locations that dirt motorcyclists can feel the wind through their hair. Whether you opt for a state park or maintained trail, riders can practice their skills in Connecticut. Here are a few amazing trails to do just that! 

1. Thomaston Dam, Thomaston, CT

The Thomaston Dam is public land that is maintained for dirt motorbikes. Conditions here are well-maintained, although some areas are prone to flooding, limiting access during certain seasons. Nonetheless, Thomaston Dam is a top pick for dirt motor biking in Connecticut. Because the land is also open to hunting, riders might consider wearing bright colors for safety.

Opening day at #ThomastonDam! The @pathfindersmc crew riding down the back side of waterfall trail. #IYDRYDTYAA

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2. Pachaug State Forest, Voluntown, CT

Though riding dirt motorbikes in state forests is limited in Connecticut, Pachaug State Forest is an excellent, free option for miles and miles of well-maintained trails. Trails cross town lines, head up and down hills, and track through dense forests. Many are wide enough to allow for motorcyclists riding in pairs, so if you are riding with a family member or friend, the trails at Pachaug State Forest might be your best bet.

3. Shenipsit State Forest, Stafford Springs, CT

Shenipsit State Forest is open to dirt biking opportunities for races and other events a few times a year. Amenities here include drinking water, pit toilets, and picnic benches for any necessary pit stops. This massive 7,000-acre state forest also has great hiking trails leading up Soapstone Mountain for those looking for views of Connecticut’s forests after an exhilarating trail ride.