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Old 07-03-2012, 10:27 AM   #1
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New here. Good easy paths in CT?

Hello, Nutmeggers.

I am about to move to the Avon/Farmington area (hills outside of Hartford) and I am also planning to take delivery of a black 2013 JKU this August. This has probably been asked already, but does anyone know of any LEGAL and entry level/basic trails, dirt roads, logging paths, etc. anywhere in Connecticut? I am absolutely not interested in going anywhere illegal (because of my profession I need to be particularly careful about following the straight & narrow at all times), and I also don't want anything too extreme- just a dirt path through the woods would be great! Any suggestions?

P.S. Disclaimer: Because I need to be so careful about legality, I would contact local authorities to verify any suggestions before actually trying them out, so if you don't want the police to be tipped off about a place, you'd probably be better off not suggesting it here.

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Hello, Nutmeggers.

I am about to move to the Avon/Farmington area (hills outside of Hartford) and I am also planning to take delivery of a black 2013 JKU this August. This has probably been asked already, but does anyone know of any LEGAL and entry level/basic trails, dirt roads, logging paths, etc. anywhere in Connecticut? I am absolutely not interested in going anywhere illegal (because of my profession I need to be particularly careful about following the straight & narrow at all times), and I also don't want anything too extreme- just a dirt path through the woods would be great! Any suggestions?

P.S. Disclaimer: Because I need to be so careful about legality, I would contact local authorities to verify any suggestions before actually trying them out, so if you don't want the police to be tipped off about a place, you'd probably be better off not suggesting it here.
Welcome to CT! I work in Farmington. As far as I know there is nothing legal in CT. The power lines are not legal and neither are the state parks (well, anything off the main roads anyway). I joined a club to be able to do it legally. There are a bunch of clubs around, you should look into that.

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Welcome to CT! I work in Farmington. As far as I know there is nothing legal in CT. The power lines are not legal and neither are the state parks (well, anything off the main roads anyway). I joined a club to be able to do it legally. There are a bunch of clubs around, you should look into that.
Thanks! That's what I figured. How about public roads through rural/forested areas that are unpaved? I've been on a few out in Litchfield County... know of any others? Like I said, I'm mostly interested in relaxing country roads- not so much actual off-roading as a club would be interested in.

The JKU will be my daily driver/family car and I'm not ashamed to admit that I bought it for how it looks and for on-road snow performance (I think buying a non-4x4 car in the northeast is crazy!). I don't want to lift/heavily mod it for offroad use because doing so will eventually sacrifice on-road performance...
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Awesome! I lived in Avon and now I'm in Farmington. Welcome!!!
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:27 PM   #5
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Awesome! I lived in Avon and now I'm in Farmington. Welcome!!!
Thanks! I am moving to Canton. I just didn't include the town name in my first post because I assume most people are more familiar with Avon and/or Farmington. Nice to meet you!
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Hello again from Farmington! Welcome!
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I would at least look at the nova website. www.nova4x4.org
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Nepaug (New Hartford) is a popular place for off roading, i'm not sure if police patrol it often but I've heard there are some good, challenging trails!
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So I went to Nepaug today- down Satan's Kingdom Road. I got to the point where the pavement ended, and if I continued straight it was marked as private, but downhill to the left there was a rocky, unpavedroad. Anyone know whether it's legal to continue down that way? There were no posted signs...
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You can take the left its an old dirt road that leads you down by the river its legal. It is part of the forrest.
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You can take the left its an old dirt road that leads you down by the river its legal. It is part of the forrest.
Thanks!

So from what I can tell, that's still Satan's Kingdom Road, and it goes all the way through to meet up with Tunxis Trail, which also appears (from google maps) to be a public road. Ramp/River Road also seems to cut up the western border of the park, and also seems to be a public road. So this is all legal to drive on?

Again (as I said in the original post in this thread) I'm not looking to do anything illegal, and not even really looking for "4 wheelin". I'd just like to take my jeep on some old dirt/gravel roads through the woods. Thanks again!
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As far as I know all the roads in there are legal,they all are denoted with blue markings on the trees,that being said the power line trails out there are NOT legal,but that does not seem like what you would be looking to do anyway.The dirt roads can get get a bit bumpy though but it's fun.
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As far as I know all the roads in there are legal,they all are denoted with blue markings on the trees,that being said the power line trails out there are NOT legal,but that does not seem like what you would be looking to do anyway.The dirt roads can get get a bit bumpy though but it's fun.
Thanks. I guess I'll go check it out.

Anyone know of any other dirt roads through forests? Not 4wheeling trails, but just long and interesting dirt roads in CT?
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I use google earth and look around the area for any large patches of woods and then if I find a trail ill just google it and with the word offroading after it and see if anything pops up. Thats how I find my local trails
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Yes those roads are all legal just stay on them and dont go off the beaten path thats all.
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I use google earth and look around the area for any large patches of woods and then if I find a trail ill just google it and with the word offroading after it and see if anything pops up. Thats how I find my local trails
Also a great way to get a ticket, or possibly arrested!
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I am not sure where you moved from but really anywhere you travel out that way is a very nice drive.there are some very nice roads in the canton new Hartford area up by ski sundown,it is also a blast to drive up through Peoples forest in the new Hartford area or driving out to the colebrook resivoir. Also going out to the litchfield hills have given my wife and I some very enjoyable doors off top down days of driving.As much as I have enjoyed taking my jeep to nepaug you don't seem to really be looking for that and seeing as how the legal issue is important to you if you just find some enjoyable roads then you just have to worry about the speed limit. On a side note last time I was in the western part of the state I found some plain old dirt roads just by keeping an eye out for lake signs or park signs,I'm not sure where I was though as we just turned off the gps and headed west until we reached the new york border.
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i have been in neapaug a couple times. there are mountain bikers in there too so be careful. have seen other people go in and drive crazy. but as long as u take it slow and easy shouldnt be a problem. do not go where it says no tresspassing. make sure u have at least a half tank when entering trails. easy to get lost.
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Might be a bit of a hike for you but check out Sunken Mine Road. There's a camp ground nearby and a nice picnic area as well (Clarence Fahnestock park / Pelton pond). Its not much of an offroading path, just a 1.8 mile dirt road weaving through the woods with a few branch-outs (some of them w/out posted sign, too) but a nice area to check out, especially if you're into old stone structures, iron mines, etc.

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=C...p=0&sz=15&z=15
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anyone know anything about pachaug state forest being at all legal?

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