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Blackstone River Canal

Heritage State Park

1071 Church Street Extension
Northbridge  Massachusetts  01534
United States

http://www.mass.gov/

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Moderate

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Difficult

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Description

 
There are several parking areas for this area, but the parking area utilized for all official NEMBA rides originate at Plummer's Corner, which is located at approximately 1071 Church Street Ext., Northbridge, MA 01534.  Another, the Park's headquarters is located at 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569.


The towpath that parallels the Blackstone River and Canal is a fantastic place for beginners just getting their feet into mountain biking.  It provides a scenic and relatively non-technical ride until one reaches the lower Goat Hill trail toward the middle of the park.  Once you cross the lock and turn left, this section of the trail provides some rock gardens so one can begin learning to pick a line through rock gardens, but the path is wide, so it's not too intimidating.  If you are looking for a cardiovascular workout, you can head straight across the lock on the upper Goat Hill trail.  I personally wouldn't recommend riding it from this direction, as it is steep and technical, and would be a miserable hike a bike.  Instead, I would ride to the southern end of the lower Goat Hill trail and turn back north, forming a clockwise loop back to the lock.  You will probably still end up hiking your bike down the trail, but it is much better than trying to ascend it.  
 
For those wanting to skip the cardio workout, keep heading south on the canal path, cross Hartford Road, and continue south for a bit longer along the towpath.  Another alternative once reaching the southern end of the Goat Hill trail is to head east on Hartford Ave across the bridge, and to ride the King Philip's Trail at Rice City Pond, on the eastern side of the Blackstone River and Canal.  This area is suitable for strong novices, as there are numerous roots from the plentiful red pines in the area to contend with.  Take a break up at Lookout Rock to enjoy the beautiful vista of the Blackstone Valley before heading back down the trail.  For those ambitious souls who really want to extend their ride, head over West Hill Dam Rd. to the trails over at West Hill Dam.  
 
Spend a few minutes at the Park's Visitor's Center at 287 Oak St in Uxbridge (about three miles from the parking area mentioned above). Not only do they have water, bathroom facilities and a picnic area but you'll learn a lot about the Blackstone River Corridor and Canal.

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Upton Town Trail System

2 Main St
Upton  Massachusetts  01568
United States
Public Library

Easy

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Moderate

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Difficult

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Description

The Town of Upton Massachusetts is a hotbed of trail activity. Located all over town its many conservation parcels are enjoyed by mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers and all types of non-motorized trail recreation.

Many of the Town's trail systems interlock so it's possible to go for an extended ride that will give you quite a bit of trail variety.

At 2600 acres the Upton State Forest is by far the largest parcel of conservation land in the town and the best known. But, unfortunately most of the people who ride there never stray from it's extensive network of trails.

From the map link above click through to the other trails to get an idea of what they've been missing. 

You'll have a great time exploring in Upton.

The driving directions map above brings you to the Upton Town Library where you can print out copies of the trail maps. It's also right in the center of town and near to some excellent places to eat.
 

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Grafton Town Trail System

35 Grafton Common
Grafton  Massachusetts  01519
United States
The Grafton Town Library

Easy

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Moderate

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Difficult

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Description

The town of Grafton Massachusetts is home to a number of distinct trail systems. All of which, with one exception, are open to and enjoyed by mountain bikers.

The location map above is for the parking lot of the Grafton Town Library which in the center of town and not far from all of Grafton's trails. Here you can make copies of all of the town's trail maps mentioned in the map link above, and it's also close to a lot of good places to eat.

You'll enjoy exploring Grafton's trails. Some of the parcels are small, while many can be linked together as one long ride.

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Lowell Dracut Tyngsboro Tuesday Night Ride Series

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Dec 27 2016 .
7/19/16 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Park at the end of Trotting Park Road. First wave rolls out at 5PM and loops back at 6PM to pick up the second wave. The pace is intermediate and is geared towards a rider the ride at least twice a week. Lights will be needed if you plan on extending your ride time.

Location

99 Trotting Park Road, Lowell, MA

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Barry Moore

GBNEMBA 2017 Kids Ride Series

Event Date

8/19/17 10:30am to 12:00pm

Come join NEMBA for a Kids Ride at Beaver Brook North, Belmont on Saturday August 19th at 10:30am. Kids Rides are a great way for kids and teens to build strong bodies, build confidence, have tons of fun and enjoy being outside! The Kids Rides are designed for children ages 6-15.

Start Location:  Lone Tree Hill Parking Lot, 295 Mill St. Belmont
(Parking lot is diagonally across the street from Belmont Victory Garden lot.)

Based on the skill levels of the participants, we typically break into two groups: one for kids who have more experience with riding, and a second group for beginners. All we ask is no training wheels.

No registration is required. This is a free event. If you have any questions about the Kids Rides please contact Andrea Jones.

 

NEMBA KIDS RIDE SERIES

  • May 6 - Kona GBNEMBA Ride at Middlesex Fells, Medford
  • June 10 - LandLock Forest, Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington
  • July 16 - 4th Annual Ice-cream ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Aug 19 - Beaver Brook North, Belmont
  • Sept 10 - Kona MVNEMBA Ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Sept 24 -  Ride and post Ice-Cream at Dow Brook Conservation Area, Ipswich
  • Oct 15 - Kids Mountain Biking Festival, Middlesex Fells, Medford http://nemba.org/rides/kids-mountain-biking-fest
  • Nov 25 - Toys for Tots Ride, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham

These rides allow children to have fun while enjoying the outdoors and getting some fitness.  In addition to learning some biking skills, we teach respect for the parks, trails, and other trail users.  The ride will be well staffed and every safety precaution will be observed.  Parents are welcome on the ride but not required.  Riders must have a serviceable bike, properly fitted helmet, and water for the ride.  All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals.  Snacks will be provided! Read more about GBNEMBA 2017 Kids Ride Series

Location

Belmont / Western Greenway, Lone Tree Hill Parking Lot, 295 Mill St. Belmont

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones
617-775-7902

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Yellick & Suasco - Stirrup Brook Trails

108 Boundary St
Marlborough  Massachusetts  01572
United States

Easy

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Moderate

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Description

You can access the Yellick & Suasco trails by parking on Boundary St. in Northborough.  This is mostly an out and back route, although there are a couple lollipop loops you can create where the trails branch off behind the Algonquin High School.  Take the trail out of the dirt lot on Boundary St.  You’ll ride along the perimeter of a farmer’s field before heading back into forest, where you’ll find a few old vintage cars that were left to rust away.  Once you reach the top of this climb, you’ll notice the trail branches.  You should take the right branch down a hill, through another farmer’s field and back into the woods, and will eventually end on Rt. 20.  Head to the west on Rt. 20 (your right from this direction) and cross the road where you see a pull off area with Jersey barriers a short distance up the road, and the entrance to the Stirrup Brook Trail is behind the pull off. 
 
At the first intersection you encounter, take the left branching trail.  You’ll find that the trails start to get a bit more technical here, with more rock gardens to navigate.  You’ll pop out into a grassy strip and find trails down to your left and up to your right on the other side.  The trail on the right will lead you up to the athletic fields behind the school, while the trail to the left follows the Stirrup Brook.  I recommend taking the left hand trail, although both will eventually lead you to the same place.  If you go to the right and up to the athletic fields, you will need to ride the perimeter of the fields until you find a gate that will give you access back onto the trail network behind the school.  If you take the left branching trail, it will lead you through a field and over a bridge.  There is an intersection just past the bridge, and I normally take the left branch here again.  You can go straight, and it will bring you back to the same trail as if you go left, but you will avoid some of the rock gardens.  The trail crosses several more streams, eventually a large stream with a wide wooden bridge, before heading up a hill and onto Bartlett St.  At this point, I turn around and retrace my path back to Boundary St.

By Brenda Smith

NOTE: The Northborough Trails system is mountain bike friendly with the exception of Cedar Hills and Sawink Farm.  Please do not ride those trails.  Trail maps and trail head locations can be accessed at the following url:  www.Northboroughtrails.org.  The trails are all similar in terms of terrain and are all good for novice to intermediate riders, with the exception of Mt. Pisgah.
 

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Carney Park / Cold Harbor Trail

390 Main St
Northborough  Massachusetts  01532
United States

Easy

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Moderate

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Description

Cold Harbor, I would say is a great beginner trail, with some intermediate. There are some gentle climbs and obvious trail tracks with a few bridges and a couple of rock wall areas that can easily be skirted if you're a beginner. When you get through the trail to Cherry St, if you're coming from the West Main St side where the parking is (it's a gravel lot at the end of a short street right by the fence, if you're seeing Michaels Spa, you've gone just a bit too far), you turn right at Cherry St, the sign on the road has worn off and the map looks like you go straight over, but you follow the bend of the road for a few yards and it intersects West St and then can see where you cross the road to carry on the trail.

It ends on Church St, beside a house. There's a trail sign, but hard to spot from the road and no parking on that end. You can cycle down the back road to get back to the parking if pushed for time, it's about a mile or so away (go right on Church St, then right on West St and left on Crawford St and ride it till you get to West Main St. An alternate flatter route is right on Church, right on Pleasant St, right onto Lincoln St and you come out onto Rt. 20 by the lights around the corner). The other trail just past this one, enters just past the church but there isn't any parking and it's a short loop up and around a hill that's not terribly technical but it is very hard work. 

The far end of the trail on the other side of West St is the Beaver Trail, and features the infamous floating bridge, which is totally unrideable, sketchy to walk across, and completely fascinating.  

By Richard Brown

NOTE: The Northborough Trails system is mountain bike friendly with the exception of Cedar Hills and Sawink Farm.  Please do not ride those trails.  Trail maps and trail head locations can be accessed at the following url:  www.Northboroughtrails.org.  The trails are all similar in terms of terrain and are all good for novice to intermediate riders, with the exception of Mt. Pisgah.

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West Hill Dam

518 Hartford Ave E
Uxbridge  Massachusetts  01569
United States

(978) 318-8410

Easy

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Moderate

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Difficult

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Description

Entrance fee at the swimming area is $5; No charge to park at the dam area.

The trails at West Hill meander through large, peaceful groves of red pines and are fast and flowy.  There are a few short, steep hills to climb, but for the most part, the terrain is relatively flat, the trails are rock-free, and your biggest challenges are tree roots. 

This is a fantastic place for beginners and novices, who can follow the long, wide cart path known as the Woodland Trail that circles the park property. 

Intermediates and above can branch off onto the singletrack that splits off from the cart path.  Most of the singletrack trails form loops off of this main doubletrack path, so it’s one of the easier trail systems in the area to navigate.

By Brenda Smith

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Whitehall State Park

229 Wood St
Hopkinton  Massachusetts  01748
United States

Easy

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Moderate

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Difficult

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Description

 
This park consists almost entirely of water: the 592 acre Whitehall Reservoir was once used as a source of drinking water. There is, however, a long, singletrack trail used for hiking and biking that encircles the reservoir.  Park at the boat launch and start from either direction.  The forest surrounding the reservoir provides plenty of gnarled, tangled roots to provide some technical aspect to your ride on otherwise mostly rock-free trails.  There are a couple rocky sections on the southern end of the reservoir.  Whitehall lies right across Pond Street from Upton State Forest, and the trails at the two parks can be connected.  – by Brenda Smith
 
 

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