Southeast of Hartford near Voluntown, the 23,000 acre Pachaug State Forest has miles of dirt roads and loggind roads open to motorcycles that are street legal in Connecticut. There is a 58 mile motorcycle trail open year round. The trail runs through wooded areas and on public roads. The trail is marked by small red arrows attached to trees at turns and intersections.
For motorcyclists to use the trail, they must have a current motorcycle license and the motorcycle must have a current motor vehicle registration. An A.T.V. registration is not a valid type of registration to operate on our trail. Motorcycles are required to ride either on the designated motorcycle trail or on roads that are open to passenger vehicle use. They are not allowed on hiking trails or any other section of a multiple use trail that is not part of the designated motorcycle trail.
To reach the motorcycle trailhead from Southeast Connecticut:
Take Route 49N (Ekonk Hill Road) 8.3 miles to the intersection of Rt. 49 and 14A. Go left onto 14A West for 1.8 miles. Take left onto Spaulding Road for 0.9 miles. Turn left into gravel parking lot. Parking lot is across from the intersection of Spaulding and Dow Roads.
To reach the motorcycle trailhead from Norwich Area:
Follow US395 north to Exit #88. Head east on SR14A for 1.5 miles to Spaulding Road. Turn right heading south on Spaulding Road for 0.9 miles. Turn left heading west into gravel parking lot.
To reach the motorcycle trailhead from Massachusetts and Northeast Connecticut:
Take Route 395S to exit 88. At stop sign take left onto Rt. 14A East. Go 1.5 miles and take right turn onto Spaulding Road. Go 0.9 miles and take left into gravel parking lot.
Overall, Pachaug State Forest is the 3rd most popular dirt bike trail of all 5 dirt biking rides in Connecticut.