Connecticut Bicycle Trails

CT bicycling routes are known for their scenery and their challenge! Road bicycling through Lakeville, CT is perfect for novices and experts alike, with a wide variety of road biking courses to choose from.

Whether you prefer to make your own route as you ride or use trails and maps that other riders have designed, Northwest CT and the Berkshires are a phenomenal location for cycling for all age levels and abilities.

Lakeville - West Cornwall

On this 28.5 mile trip, through the rolling hills of Litchfield County, stop enroute at one or all of the unique destinations: Housatonic State Forest, West Cornwall Covered Bridge, Lime Rock Speedway, the foot hills of the Berkshires, and numerous farms.

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Salisbury - Lime Rock

Starting at the Scoville Library in downtown Salisbury, CT, travel 29.9 miles over hilly roads to discover spectacular views and beautiful river stretches. Follow gentle, rolling paved roads with a few moderate down hills and several moderately difficult climbs. Points of interest include Bartholomew's Cobble Nature Preserve, Beckley Furnace, and the Pfizer Limestone Quarry.

Salisbury - Music Mountain

Begin this 30.6 mile trek in downtown Salisbury and follow a considerably hilly route up past Lime Rock Rack Track, through part of the Appalachian Trail, by the Housatonic River. Make a half-way stop at the reknown Music Mountain for a picnic lunch for a quick break. Continue back towards Salisbury, but not before stopping in West Cornwall to visit the historic covered bridge.

Route 7 Roundabout

You can choose to make this a 38 mile trip or a 58 mile trek. Start at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, just a 5 minute drive from the Interlaken Inn and head North on Route 7. The trip brings you through Canaan, into Sheffield, MA as well as Cornwall, CT on the trip back for a visit to the historic covered bridge.

Tour de Connecticut

For the avid cyclist, tackle the Stage 3 - 135 mile route that is used in the annual Tour of CT race. Begin here at the Interlaken on Route 112, and cycle into Sharon, Kent, Morris, Litchfield, Torrington, Winsted, Norfolk, Canaan, and back to Lakeville. 116 miles cover the Litchfield Hills and 20 miles are ridden in Torrington. The course is dotted with New England church steeples and long, very steep climbs.

Courtesy of the Northwest CT Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Berkshires - Twin Lakes

This route combines the rural agricultural scenery you would expect for the country with some interesting historic landmarks, and great views of Twin Lakes. This route starts in North Canaan and brings you back into Salisbury. For a total of 37.2 miles, this relatively flat route is a great afternoon trek.

Bash Bish - Breezy Hill

A 24.4 mile route, stop for breaks to take in the awesome views of Jug End Mountain and the Taconic Mountain range and valley. You will mostly be touring sparsely populated farm country and along the Bash Bish Brook. There's very little traffic, and the route is all on paved roads with some sections of patched pavement. Recommended for those in very good shape who have had a lot of hill-climbing experience.

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Connecticut Bicycle Map

Make your own trip based on the Department of Transportation's Bicycle Map. This map was produced with information on state roads and town roads obtained in 2002.

Please note: that "recommended route" and "cross state route" designations are based on roadway shoulder width and daily traffic information at the time of publication, and that the state of Connecticut assumes no liability for these routes.

Courtesy of CT DOT.

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