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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).
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      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, bicycling, 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. Mountain biking off trail is prohibited.
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      Region Status
      Caution as of Jun 12, 2021
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      30
      Trails Mountain Bike
      30
      Trails E-Bike
      19
      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
      120 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      271 ft
      Reports
      7
      Photos
      2
      Ridden Counter
      1,073

      Photos of Racebrook Tract Mountain Bike

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      Paugusset Singletrack
      Aug 10, 2022 @ 2:12pm
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      DryTons of down trees and overgrown bushes...vJpD2ew7
      1.5 Down and Up
      May 9, 2022 @ 8:53am
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      Dry Visiting the area was looking for a quick...q2GSnank
      Colbum Brook Trail (Green Blazes)
      Dec 12, 2021 @ 1:49pm
      Dec 12, 2021
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      user #3189684GeriM3iiFwishlistregionRacebrook Tract
      Sep 24, 2022 @ 4:18am
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      user #2867298abrahamjenwishlistregionRacebrook Tract
      Aug 20, 2022 @ 6:40pm
      Aug 20, 2022
      user #2902519nhoffman1989wishlistregionRacebrook Tract
      Aug 14, 2022 @ 6:13am
      Aug 14, 2022
      user #3139394vJpD2ew7commenttrailPaugusset Singletrack
      Aug 10, 2022 @ 2:14pm
      Aug 10, 2022
      user #3139394vJpD2ew7addreportPaugusset Singletrack
      Aug 10, 2022 @ 2:12pm
      Aug 10, 2022

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      user #3139394vJpD2ew7trailPaugusset SingletrackTons of down trees and overgrown.
      Aug 10, 2022 @ 2:14pm
      Aug 10, 2022
      user #2403653Indurdenwetrust1trailRBT 001You really want to start on the east side and...
      Sep 23, 2021 @ 4:59pm
      Sep 23, 2021
      user #2403653Indurdenwetrust1trailRBT 002Short tail but there’s some neat features/...
      Sep 23, 2021 @ 4:58pm
      Sep 23, 2021
      user #2403653Indurdenwetrust1trailRBT 021The kicker is cool, access road gap is really...
      Sep 23, 2021 @ 4:56pm
      Sep 23, 2021
      user #2188109mappermooktrailSouth Hillside RunMore of a green trail - watch out for the...
      Jun 12, 2021 @ 9:29pm
      Jun 12, 2021

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike3011 miles604 ft4 miles121 ft
      #7,633#3,22127724
      E-Bike199 miles577 ft4 miles121 ft
      #3,003#65052
      Hike3011 miles604 ft4 miles121 ft
      #6,693#3,069711
      Trail Running3011 miles604 ft4 miles121 ft
      #6,685#3,064719
      Snowshoe81 mile26 ft1,476 ft85 ft
      2
      Nordic Ski81 mile26 ft1,476 ft85 ft
      2
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