West of New Haven near Trumbull, the Pequonnock River Valley Trails consist of a web of trails totalling 10 miles. Through routes have short steep climbs and several dense rock gardens to scramble over.
To reach the trailhead from US95, use Exit #27 for SR15/Trumbull/SR8. Stay in the left lanes until the split. After the highway splits look for the Merritt Parkway south/127 exit. (It will be after you see the large movie theater on the right) Take this exit and when the exit forks stay right. You will come to a traffic light where you will want to turn left. Go through 3 lights. At the fourth you will be at a large intersection. Go straight up the hill about 100 yards and turn right at Tait Road (there is an old white building on the right just before the road). Park anywhere along this road, the trailhead is a few hundred feet down the road on the left. From the Merritt Parkway (rt. 15) North: Get off exit 48 (the mall exit). Turn left at the traffic light. You will cross the bridge and go through another light. At the next light take a right. This road will end after a few miles. Turn right at the stop sign. Near the bottom of the hill there will be a road (Tait Road) off the the left. Turn here (old white builing is next to it), the trail head is up ahead on the left. From the Merritt Parkway (rt. 15) South: You will need to get off exit 50. Take a right at the end of the ramp. Follow this road through 4 lights. At the 5th there will be a large intersection. Go straight and up the hill. About 100 yards up turn right on Tait Road. (look for the old white building, the turn is there) The trail head is ahead on the left.
Overall, Pequonnock River Valley Trails is the 16th most popular mountain bike trail of all 16 mountain biking rides in Connecticut.