When Gabe Davis of Bethany is at work at D’Aniello’s Amity Bicycles, conversations quickly turn to biking trails and racing. Young and old bikers gravitate to him because he knows where the action is when it comes to biking and trails in Connecticut. While other employees have their unique specialties and expertise, as soon as the words “where is a good trail” are spoken, clients are directed straight to Gabe Davis.
D’Aniello’s Amity Bicycles, LLC
18 Selden ST.
Woodbridge, CT 06525
Davis has already won a cross country race and placed second in another. “Last year, I competed in seven races. This year, I intend to do more,” said the enthusiastic biker. As for trails, he recommends starting with a pretty easy ride and progressing to the most challenging trails in Connecticut. He intends to explore more bicycle trails in the northwest section of Connecticut. “I’ve heard that there are some great trails up that way. I tend to bike locally because of my schedule,” he said, adding that he intends to spread out this year.
The Darling House Trail
This is a fun and easy trail that keeps bikers happy as they bike through woodland and wide open pastures. “This is a nice loop that starts at the Darling House located at 1907 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 69),” said Davis adding that you start and end at the same location.
West Rock Ridge
Intermediate bikers will want to head to West Rock Ridge in the New Haven/Hamden area where bikers enjoy views that span New Haven Harbor and the Connecticut seacoast. “There are a whole bunch of trails here,” described Davis, who said they are well marked as red and white blazed trails. The important thing to remember here is to stay on the trails and not go off on unmarked or closed trails.
Brooksvale Park and Naugatuck State Forest
“If you really want a challenge, you’ll want to head to Brooksvale,” suggests Davis. “There are some great trails there with awesome climbs and jumps. You can do some real stunts here. From Route 10 South, turn right on Mt. Sanford Road. Then take an immediate left. The trail starts on the right side of road near the intersection with Mt. Sanford.”
Woodville Block – Wyantenock State Forest, Cornwall, Kent, Warren, CT
Route 341 and Route 202 in Warren lead to a right turn in the Forest Spectacle Pond Block. At the junction of 341 and 41, proceed to Kenico Road. “I ride locally a lot, but there’s some good trails in the Litchfield Hills,” said David. Here bikers will find every type of rooted and wooded trail. However, beware of hunting days. No bikers or anyone else is allowed here when hunting is going on.
Tunxis State Forest, Granby, Barkhamsted, Hartland
With plenty of biking trails, Tunxis State Forest is located on Routes 20 and 179. Trail markers will keep bikers safe and on course.
Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.