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      The Racebrook Tract encompasses 230 acres in Orange and 181 acres in Woodbridge. The Tract was purchased from two farmers, Asa Alling and Sylvester Colburn, by the New Haven Water Company early in the 20th century. The stone walls which crisscross the Tract are the original farm fences. The management of this forest was put under the direction of the Yale School of Forestry early in the 20th century and continued until the early 1950’s when water company foresters took over. This was one of the first professionally managed forests in the country.

      Because of its large size and its proximity to open space all the way to the Maltby Lakes, this is a marvelous wildlife area. The varied habitats: stream belts, forests, wetlands, meadows, and brush make this attractive to a variety of animals and songbirds. Many species of reptiles and amphibians find the habitat to their liking and even avian predators such as the Great-horned Owl can occasionally be seen.

      Four blazed trails meander across fairly level land, passing through mixed hardwoods and impressive stands of white pines. Wetlands along Race Brook offer year-round birdwatching. Near the entrance to the red trail is the Orange arboretum that features indigenous flowering species and a variety of existing red and white oak, pine oak, large,
      white and Norway spruce and birch trees. Each tree has a marker plate with its Latin and common names.

      A handicapped accessible trail leads from the northeast corner of the parking area. The paved asphalt trail slopes to a boardwalk that makes a loop over the wetlands within the brook’s floodplain. The large graded parking area is accessed in Orange from Racebrook Road just north of Derby Avenue (Route 34).
      eBikes Allowed: Yes
      Land Status: City Managed
      Land Manager: Orange Conservation Commission
      Racebrook Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      The Racebrook Tract parking area is located just off Racebrook Road (Route 114) in Orange just north of Derby Avenue (Route 34). Route 34 can be accessed via the Wilbur Cross Parkway. Off-street parking is available off Racebrook
      Road just north of Derby Avenue.
      Disclaimer:
      Permitted activities include hiking, cross country skiing, horse back riding and fishing in Race Brook and Colburn Brook. Special rules for the latter two activities are posted in the kiosk near the trail entrance. Dogs must be leashed. Please bag and remove any dog waste. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
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      Region Details
      30 hike trails

      Region Status
      Open as of Mar 5, 2024

      Hike Stats

      Global Ranking
      #6,621
      State Ranking
      #3,061
      Trails (view details)
      30
      Trails Hike
      30
      Trails Trail Running
      30
      Trails Snowshoe
      8
      Trails Nordic Ski
      8
      Total Distance
      11 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      4 miles
      Total Descent
      604 ft
      Total Vertical
      121 ft
      Reports
      19
      Ridden Counter
      27

      Photos of Racebrook Tract

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      Apr 21, 2021 @ 6:09am
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      RBT 002
      Aug 20, 2023 @ 6:53am
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      Feb 11, 2023 @ 5:10am
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      DryMountain Bike Definitely needed Trailforks to follow...randyteel
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      May 9, 2022 @ 8:53am
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      DryMountain Bike Visiting the area was looking for a quick...q2GSnank
      Colbum Brook Trail (Green Blazes)
      Dec 12, 2021 @ 1:49pm
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      Recent Comments

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      pcorralestrailRBT 010Fallen trees block near stream
      Feb 11, 2023 @ 1:22pm
      Feb 11, 2023
      pcorralestrailPaugusset SingletrackLots of leaves and downed trees make it...
      Feb 11, 2023 @ 12:59pm
      Feb 11, 2023
      randyteeltrailSouth Hillside RunPretty muddy at the start
      Feb 11, 2023 @ 7:06am
      Feb 11, 2023
      randyteeltrailTrailNot for biking.
      Feb 11, 2023 @ 5:40am
      Feb 11, 2023
      vJpD2ew7trailPaugusset SingletrackTons of down trees and overgrown.
      Aug 10, 2022 @ 2:14pm
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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Hike3011 miles604 ft4 miles121 ft
      #6,621#3,0611933
      Trail Running3011 miles604 ft4 miles121 ft
      #6,623#3,0591925
      Snowshoe81 mile26 ft1,476 ft85 ft
      2
      Nordic Ski81 mile26 ft1,476 ft85 ft
      2
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