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      River Highlands State Park is located in the central CT town of Cromwell. As its name suggests it features high bluffs on the banks of the Connecticut River. Although small, it’s a great place for mountain biking because the topography is totally unique, unlike anything else in CT. The soil was deposited by a glacier and shaped by a cataclysmic flood event. Trails run along the edge of long, crooked drainage crevasses that radiate out like bony fingers on an arthritic hand. The trails lead to high overlooks with great views up and down the river. The trails are rock- free but can be rooty in places, and the soil dries very quickly making the park rideable soon after rain. There are a lot of logs of various sizes to ride over.

      There is currently about five miles of trail and dirt road in the park, although CC NEMBA is hard at work building more singletrack. The best trails would be the green, which runs along the edge of the crevasses (people afraid of heights might be put off by this) and leads to the high overlooks. Be sure to ride the “sidewinder” on the northern end of the park. Also ride the yellow trail, which runs down one of the crevasses, over several narrow bridges, into the “blow hole”, the only place with river access (and a privy). Also don’t miss the red trail in the southern end of the park, and the white, which goes high up on a ridge in the northern end.

      River Highlands is a great place for a quick ride in a unique environment.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      Region Status
      Open as of May 21, 2022
      Local Trail Association

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      Trails (view details)
      43
      Trails Mountain Bike
      42
      Trails Hike
      43
      Trails Trail Running
      42
      Total Distance
      10 miles
      Total Descent
      1,852 ft
      Total Vertical
      198 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      225 ft
      Reports
      246
      Photos
      62
      Ridden Counter
      9,188

      Photos of River Highlands State Park Mountain Bike

      trail: Blue Blaze
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      May 1, 2022 @ 3:34pm
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      Apr 3, 2022 @ 12:14am
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      Apr 3, 2022 @ 12:13am
      Apr 3, 2022
      trail: White
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      Apr 3, 2022 @ 12:13am
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      trail: White
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      Apr 3, 2022 @ 12:13am
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      trail: White
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      Apr 3, 2022 @ 12:12am
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      trail: White Blazes
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      Apr 3, 2022 @ 12:11am
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      trail: White Blazes
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      Apr 3, 2022 @ 12:11am
      Apr 3, 2022

      Videos of River Highlands State Park Mountain Bike

      The largest Dip
      0:14 | 102 | Apr 20, 2019
      The Narrowist Bridge
      0:08 | 81 | Apr 19, 2019
      The Brickyard
      trail: Brickyard
      1:46 | 109 | Apr 19, 2019
      1:15 | 111 | Apr 19, 2019
      Skiinny Double Log Crossing
      0:17 | 34 | Apr 19, 2019
      1:15 | 93 | Apr 19, 2019
      0:39 | 52 | Apr 15, 2019
      0:09 | 97 | Apr 14, 2019

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      user #1587597jnaidorfaddreportBrown Sugar and 12 more
      May 23, 2022 @ 2:17am
      May 23, 2022
      user #2641271Pijacieaddphoto in My City
      May 1, 2022 @ 3:34pm
      May 1, 2022
      user #2245730GeniusjoeaddreportMiddle Powerglide and 12 more
      Apr 12, 2022 @ 3:56pm
      Apr 12, 2022
      user #3008984MaryBlackRosewishlisttrailWhite Blaze
      Apr 3, 2022 @ 6:11pm
      Apr 3, 2022
      user #3003254C7OcommenttrailUnmarked Chute
      Apr 3, 2022 @ 12:06am
      Apr 3, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      user #3003254C7OtrailUnmarked ChuteToo leafy, loose soil, steep to ride up. DH only.
      Apr 3, 2022 @ 12:06am
      Apr 3, 2022
      user #1973919SuekoztrailBrown SugarLoved this trail! One of the few flat, curvy...
      Nov 10, 2020 @ 6:08pm
      Nov 10, 2020

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      Mountain Bike4210 miles1,831 ft4 miles197 ft
      #733#3756224611,633
      Hike4310 miles1,854 ft4 miles197 ft
      #518#31224631
      Trail Running428 miles1,821 ft4 miles197 ft
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