As fall approaches so does the great weather for long scenic rides on your motorcycle. So we went in search for some great areas in Connecticut to head out on the open road. Motorcycleroads.com has some great information on the best places to ride in Connecticut so we thought we would share it with you. Here are two of the suggestions Motorcycleroads.com made that you might enjoy.
Northeast Connecitcut Country Loop
Start out in Ashford, CT. at the intersection of rte. 44 and 74 heading east on rte. 44. Ride past the famous Hole in the Wall camp as you head out to rte. 198 where you will turn left onto 198 (Eastford rd). Soon in you will come to a funky intersection, go straight across and slightly left.
Your next turn is a left onto rte. 171(Bigelow hollow rd). Your next turn is a right onto rte. 197 (old turnpike rd). Follow this for quite some time, into the small town of Quinebaug where you will take a right onto rte. 131(Quinebaug rd). This will become rte. 12 (Riverside dr). You can either take a right at West Thompson rd. and follow that to rte. 171 (Woodstock ave.) and take a right and then a left onto rte 169 (Norwich/Worcester Tpk.) and then a right onto rte. 44 west in Pomfret heading back to the starting point. Or you can follow rte. 12 to 44 west and back to the start. Or- after turning onto West Thompson rd take a right onto 171, take a right at 198 and then a left onto rte. 44 west.
Scenery 5 star
Small villages, old farms and CT. forests highlight this route. Sparsely populated and very picturesque.
Road Quality 4 star
Roads are in good shape, winding and fun to cruise on. Traffic is minimal and the rolling hills and farm country is beautiful.
Roadside Amenities 2 star
Not a lot to do along the way. I recommend breakfast at a little place right at the start of the route at the junction of 44/74. I also recommend fueling up there.
Northern Connecticut Appalachian Mountains Ride
Start at the intersection of RT 202 and 20, just outside Granby CT.
Head West on RT 20. Take 20 into to Winsted, where you need to switch to RT 44 still heading west. Take this up through Canaan, CT. There’s a bunch of restaurants in town, if you are getting hungry.
Stay on 44 to Lakeville, get on 41 South, and in Sharon Switch to 4 South, which takes you into Cornwall Bridge. This brings you through some towns where there are tons of places to eat, shop, or stay.
From Cornwall Bridge, take 7 South along the Appalachian Trail again, to New Milford. At New Milford, turn onto 45 North, back up to Cornwall Bridge. From there, get on Route 7 North to Canaan CT, where the trip ends.
Scenery 5 star
This ride brings you along the North West border of CT, across top of the Appalachian trail, and then along it, as you travel South. The route is a long loop, and you could turn it into a nice weekend trip, especially if you have to travel a bit to get out there.
Road Quality 4 star
Most of this route is along designated scenic Routes. Some roads are really twisty, and steep. Along a few sections, the roads aren’t in the best shape, but the scenery makes up for it.
Roadside Amenities 5 star
A solid 5 as there are several museums, state parks, towns and places to stay on this route. Inns and B&Bs abound along Route 7, especially. Route 7 is really famous for its antique shops too.
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Source info: Motorcycleroads.com