Cycling in Connecticut

Connecticut AMC rides

Sandy Brook Bear Ride, Barkhamsted, 48 miles. Cue sheet
The Connecticut River Estuary , Chester, 33 miles . Cue sheet
Berkshire Byways -Canaan, 32 miles. Cue sheet
Tour of Suffield, 30.5 miles Cue Sheet Mansfield Hollow to Chaplin, Mansfield, 32.7 miles. Cue sheet

Connecticut bike mapConnecticut cycling map

This map of suggested bicycle routes in Connecticut was produced with information on state roads and town roads obtained in 2002. Click on any of the squares to open a full page view of that section of the map. Designations are based on roadway shoulder width and daily traffic information in 2002. For questions or comments, contact the ConnDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.

Gourmet Century

Report by Pete Salomone:
The gourmet century is exactly what it sounds like – a century ride stopping at excellent restaurants & cafes for food. When another good restaurant opened on one of our routes we got the idea of a gourmet century consisting of two stops and then a meal after the ride. One of our objectives was to be calorie neutral after the ride, which meant eating a few thousand calories during the ride – about 4,000. We had some pre-rides to check out parts of the route.

Map of Connecticut trail sitesConnecticut cycling and pedestrian trails

Map of Pathways throughout Connecticut from the DOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.
Click on the round trail symbols to go to the trail page

Connecticut interactive state bike map

Connecticut DOT has a newly revised interactive State Bike Map . The East Coast Greenway in Connecticut and the Farmington River Canal Trail will eventually connect to a system of US Bike Routes, and other roads can be viewed based on your suitability preferences.
Connecticut DOT also provides a traditional state wide cycling suitability map produced with information on state roads and town roads obtained in 2002. "Recommended route" and "cross state route" designations are based on roadway shoulder width and daily traffic information

Connecticut bike rides Google Map

As I continue to add rides to my Interactive Map of Cycling Routes in New England, I met the quota for route icons that can appear on one page. I've begun creating maps by individual states. View the new Connecticut cycling routes map .

Duncaster Coaster Ride

Start: Griffin Office Park, #2 Waterside Crossing, Windsor CT near Bloomfield.
Description: Ascenic roller through the Duncaster area of Bloomfield, passing through the Cigna Campus and the Gillette Ridge Golf Course.
View the interactive route map below. Description Cues . Read more and view route maps

Barkhamsted Reservoir 22 mile bike loop

Start: Saville Dam parking area, intersection of Rtes. 219 and 318 in Connecticut at the south end of Barkhamsted Reservoir. Description: A hilly ride through forests around Barkhamsted, Hartland, West Hartland and East Hartland with great views of the Barkhamsted Reservoir. Prepare for some difficult climbs. View interactive map of this ride. Read more and view route maps . Description Cues RWGPS


Reservoirs cycling loop from Southington CT

Start: Southington High School parking lot; Flanders St. Southington, CT. Description: Scenic but hilly ride south of Southington to Berlin and Meriden, passing by five reservoirs. Description Cue Sheets

Suffield CT - Congamond Lakes bike ride

Start:: Suffield Village library parking lot, corner Routes 75 & 168 in Suffield. Description: A nice ride west of Suffield Village.38 miles, flat to rolling, relatively easy, in and out of Massachusetts. View interactive route map below. Description Cues Read more and view route maps

Windsor Run for the Roses

An easy bike ride fromWindsor in north central Connecticut . The route takes you to Hartford's Elizabeth Park where you can tour the rose gardens, after riding through Bloomfield and West Hartford. View the interactive route map below. Start Location: Windsor Center downtown parking lot, Central Avenue. Options for 19 or 39 mile ride. Read more and view route maps . Description Cues View an interactive map of the long version of this ride below.

Woodstock, Putnam, Pomfret CT ride

This bucolic ride offers 2416 feet of elevation gain over 42 miles, starting from the town hall, ½ mile north of the fairgrounds on the east side of Rt. 169. Woodstock CT.. At Mile 16 you enter charming Pomfret, and at mile 25 near Putnam there is a roadside park overlooking the river, a good spot for break. View the interactive map below . Description Cues

Connecticut Bike Routes

The site Connecticut Bike Routes ( ) was developed by three Connecticut based bicycle enthusiasts as a service to the cycling community. On their site you can find detailed information on over 250 bike routes in Connecticut. View the entire list of routes organized alphabetically by name of the town in which the ride starts. Read more and view route maps

Cycling in southwest Connecticut:

Cue sheets for the following rides in Connecticut are provided by
Narragansett Bay Wheelmen

Danielson, CT
Killingly Killer, 18/30 miles
New London, CT
Shelter Island, 17/26/43/52 miles
N. Stonington, CT
CT Coastal & Ridges Ride, 20/28/43 miles
Norwich, CT
Norwich Metric, 30/44/60/63 miles
Plainfield, CT Plainfield-Moosup, 21/31
Plainfield-Scotland, 20/35/40 miles
Plainfield-Pachaug, 15/32 miles
Putnam, CT
Putnam Ride, 15/30/66 miles
Sterling, CT
Sterling-Plainfield, 16/30 miles
Oneco Pond Ride, 16/26/44

Crankfire is a Connecticut based, New England focused mountain biking community. Their site is an excellent repository for mountain biking trails, with the goal of providing enough realistic information about a trail to make you comfortable enough to go ride it on your own.. Continue reading or click on map to view Crankfire's interactive map of mountain bike trails in Connecticut. Read more and view route maps

Sea Breeze Ride from Madison CT

This ride is provided by Connecticut Bike Routes
Distance: 61.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3222 feet
Start: Madison CT, Polson Middle School
Description: Ride Description: This 100 K ride passes through several upscale residential areas in Madison en route to and from rural sections of Killingworth, Durham & Higganum with brief forays into Guilford and Clinton along the way. It uses mostly back roads or residential roads with limited automobile traffic and features a scenic 1.5 mile ride along the Madison shoreline with spectacular views of Long Island Sound. Read more and view route maps

Farmington to West Simsbury CT

Submitter: Pete Salomone
Description: Farmington - Collinsville - West Simsbury - Avon - Farmington. Mostly gradual hills out and one fast downhill starting a mostly downhill return. 31.5mi with 1712 ft of climbing . View a nearby ride at CTBike Routes along the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. Start: Tunxis Mead Athletic Fields. Read more and view route maps

Sandy Brook Ride
Pete Salomone suggested this as one of the best cycling loops in northwestern Connecticut. The ride originates in Pleasant Valley near Winsted CT, at Peoples StateForest. It start out along the river for a short distance, then continues across the Massachusetts state line to Sandisfield State Forest. There are 2900 ft. of climb over 45 miles; the climb is gradual and consistent at the beginning, with some nice steady downhill riding at the end, but not too many descents and re-climbs. There are excellent baked goods at Colebrook General Store (off route 1 mi south of Sandy Brook Rd on CT183) and at the Planted Feather Bakery 200 yards north of Sandy Brook Rd on CT 8. You can easily shorten this route by going to Colebrook General Store and back down Sandy Brook Rd. View the route map

Farmington River Trail

The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail(CHT) is a partially paved trail running from from New Haven CT north into Massachusetts. Hhistoric buildings, canal locks, the remains of canal aqueducts and other landmarks are evident as the trail meanders along abandoned rail corridors and canal tow paths. The Farmington River Trail (FRT) is an 18-mile loop trail which links to the FCHT at points in Farmington and Simsbury passing through Unionville, Collinsville, Burlington and Canton along the banks of the Farmington River tracing the route of the old “Canal Line” railroad. A section of the trail is designed to be a part of the eventual East Coast Greenway. Click on the map on the right for a full-page view . Read more to view the route at Read more and view route maps

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