5 Off-Road Trails & Areas To Explore In Connecticut

1st Gen Tacoma in Quaddick State Forest

4×4 Trails Rated For All Levels: User-Sourced Overland Resource

Welcome back to an all-new post featuring the top trails and OHV parks across America! Today, we’re back and featuring trails in Connecticut.

Like most states in New England, Connecticut doesn’t have a ton of options when it comes to off-road trails. Most are either on private land or are fairly easy forest roads. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some solid options. Check out the 5 trails below that our local readers recommend!

Note: The trails listed below are in no particular order.

1. Baker Trail

5th Gen 4Runner on the Baker Trail

Submission By: Padraic (@trdblackpearl)

Tell Us About Your Favorite Spot

I really enjoy this spot because no matter how often I go, I always find a new trailhead or challenge.

We take newer off-roaders to this area to teach them about their vehicle features in a safe, controlled environment. It’s perfect for any beginner looking to get into this hobby.

What Difficulty Would You Rate This Spot?

This trail can range from 1/10 to 10/10, it offers something for everyone. You will find anything from basic dirt roads to rock crawling and water crossings.

2. Quaddick State Forest

1st Gen Tacoma Going Through a Water Crossing at Quaddick State Forest

Submission By: Alex (@alex.camara16)

Tell Us About Your Favorite Spot

I really like this area because most of the trails around the National Forest will keep you on the edge of your seat! Each trail offers new challenges, from deep water crossings to huge dirt climbs! Plus, it’s a fun area to explore with friends for the day.

What Difficulty Would You Rate This Spot?

I would rate this trail a 5/10 or 6/10 depending on the weather. Obstacles range from deep water crossings to muddy ruts throughout the trail. There are also very steep declines that will have you hovering over your brake pedal the entire time. I suggest bringing a rig that can handle the mud and water!

3. Soapstone Mountain

Lexus GX470 Off-Roading in the Soapstone Mountain

Submission By: Author Submitted – Photo By: (@e3x_living)

Tell Us About Your Favorite Spot

Soapstone Mountain, located in the northeastern part of Connecticut, has some easy trails that practically anyone can do with a 4×4. During warmer weather, you’ll encounter gravel roads with just a few small obstacles that can be bypassed.

If hiking is your thing, there are some fantastic spots to explore on foot, including a trail leading up to a fire watchtower. From the top, you’re treated to some amazing views that are especially stunning during the fall months.

What Difficulty Would You Rate This Spot?

Based on what I have seen, I would rate this a 2/10 – 3/10 and possibly a bit higher in the rainy season. While this trail isn’t too hard, you may encounter downed trees, deep ruts, and other smaller obstacles. However, it’s nothing that can’t be managed by a 4×4.

4. Mottland Road

3rd Gen Tacoma Off-Roading on Mottland Rd.

Submission By: Author Submitted – Photo By: @cls_stefano

Tell Us About Your Favorite Spot

Mottland Rd. is a popular trail in Haddam, Connecticut. It is part of a group of trails within the Cockaponset State Forest.

There’s a lot of terrain to experience here, from large dirt roads to small inclines and even rocks. Also, depending on the time of year, there can be large mud holes, but be careful because they can get pretty deep.

We advise staying on the dirt roads and not straying away from the trail as many surrounding areas are off-limits.

What Difficulty Would You Rate This Spot?

After looking into this trail a bit more, I would rate it a 2/10. Good A/T tires and a little extra ground clearance for large puddles should suffice. Other than that, pretty much any rig can make it through.

5. Tipsy Taber Trails

5th Gen 4Runner Off-Roading on the Tipsy Taber Trails

Submission By: Author Submitted – Photo By: @hawaii_girl_adventures

Tell Us About Your Favorite Spot

Tipsy Taber Trails in Putnam, CT, is a pretty cool off-roading area. This is a 10-acre private property that opens up for events. There aren’t that many places like these around the country so when you find someone willingly opening their property up to the community, it makes it a little more special.

You can join their Facebook group to get more information about how to secure a spot and off-road in this area.

What Difficulty Would You Rate This Spot?

I would rate this area as a 5/10. While it isn’t difficult, puddles during the wet season can be extremely deep and hard to traverse. You will also find some inclines and tight areas that are harder to navigate. While there aren’t many large rocks to crawl over, there are a few moderately sized ones that will require you to slow down to get past.

Final Thoughts

3rd Gen Tacoma Off-Roading on the Tipsy Taber Trails

And that wraps up this week’s trail features!

Connecticut may not be the premier place for rock crawlers or Baja racers, but it’s a great area to get lost in the forest and enjoy the weather – it’s beautiful year-long.

Stay tuned for our next post featuring more trails!

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