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Upton State Forest

205 Westboro Rd
Upton  Massachusetts  01568
United States

(508) 278-6486

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Description


Upton State Forest, also known as “Up-Up State Forest,” offers visitors a natural diversity of flora and fauna accented with historically significant contributions of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The focal point of the forest is located at 205 Westboro Road in Upton, where visitor parking, the main trail head, and park information is available. One has the opportunity to survey the grounds and exterior of a number of CCC structures located at this site.
 
Once parked in the public lot, make your way to the park entrance and briefly head north to enter Rabbit Run on the west side of the road to immediately experience where Up-Up gets its nickname. Much of Upton’s riding entails a healthy portion of climbing immediately followed by a quick and slightly technical descent. Just wash, rinse, and repeat as you move down Old Hopkinton Spring Trail, Mammoth Rock Trail, and into the southeast corner of the park where various single and double track await you. With little notable technical challenge, Up-Up’s undulating topography and year-round coverage of pine needles may sap some of your strength and provide a good after-work aerobic challenge.
 
While the majority of the trails in the 2,660-acre park are well-marked, it’s easy to get disoriented within the southern network. The DCR's map is above as well as an Open Street Map which shows more trails including some leading into and out of the forest.

The forest is a bit fragmented, with trails leading from one area to the rest. This becomes clearer on the Open Street Map.

Although there are more than enough trails in the Upton State Forest to keep anyone busy, some people choose to expand their ride by including trails in nearby Whitehall State Park.

– By Fitch Proctor
 
 

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Hopkinton State Park

164 Cedar St
Hopkinton  Massachusetts  01748
United States

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Description

Daily Parking Fee:  $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle

Hopkinton State Park is located in the towns of Hopkinton and Ashland and includes the picturesque Hopkinton Reservoir. The 1,245 acre park offers a variety of year round recreational activities including 10 miles of multi-use marked trails.  Public restrooms are available during the spring, summer and fall months.  With a dam and spillway on the National Register of Historic Places, the reservoir was constructed in 1891-1894 as part of Boston’s second major water works project. Due to the pleasant scenery and plentiful amount of green space, mountain biking at Hopkinton SP depends on both your knowledge of the trails and how many people are there enjoying the trails.
 
Single track, double track, fire roads, and paved roads spider web throughout the park, offering roughly 10 miles of potential riding, and most of it would be considered beginner-friendly for New England riding. To truly experience Hopkinton SP, however, you need to link up with some local riders who can lead you through the areas north of the reservoir starting in Ashland and south/east of the dam, crossing Howe St., leaving the property, ending with a fast, pine forest descent down the Deer Run trail in Ashland. When looped together, a six-mile loop awaits you offering very fast and fun New England single track. With only a few climbs and minimal technical interference, beginners can enjoy the scenery while more experienced riders can open the throttle and put their skills to use.
 
Parking at Hopkinton SP is cash-only and can be shut down in the summer due to overflow, but the park is abutted by dozens of small lots and public access points around the perimeter.

The DCR's map shows most of the trails, but the Open Street Map above adds a few more.

–By Fitch Proctor
 

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Ashland State Park

162 Union St
Ashland  Massachusetts  01721
United States

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Description

Daily Parking Fee:  $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle

With most of the trails bordering the 157-acre Ashland Reservoir, Ashland State Park offers some calm and shimmering scenery. Due to their proximity to the waters’ edge, however, the trails provide a novice-level of smooth and flowy dirt equally mixed with unforgiving roots and rocks that will make you appreciate your suspension (leading to the moniker “Bashland”).

The 470-acre park’s primary riding is single and double track bouncing around the reservoir in either a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction, as well as crossing the dam. Frequent short single track off-shoots offer some steep, brief climbs and the chance to add 2-3 exploratory miles to the 4.5-mile loop that provides a surprisingly pleasant technical challenge interspersed with smooth dirt. Featuring a large waterfront and utilities for picnics/ BBQs, the park is very popular with dog walkers and families in the nicer weather.

The best place to park is at the Town's Community Center. Then head east on Ashland State Park Road. – By Fitch Proctor
 

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BV NEMBA Upton Ride Series

Event Date

6/13/16 (All day)
The Upton State Forest is "affectionately" referred to as "Up - a - Ton" state forest, as you will get a good cardio workout on these trails. The trails here are a mix of fairly mellow double track and some very technical singletrack.

The trails chosen for this ride will depend on the skills ability of who shows up for the ride this night.

As with all rides, no one will be dropped. Our goal is to finish every ride with more smiles than miles.

The ride will start @ 6:00 PM from the Park's Headquarters building parking area located at 2 Southboro Rd.

Please try to be there before 6:00 PM so that we can get the ride off on time.

Location

Upton State Park

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brenda Smith

Brian and Kara's Thursday Hopkinton SP Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Thursday until Thu Nov 17 2016 except Thu Jun 16 2016, Thu Jun 23 2016, Thu Jul 07 2016, Thu Jul 28 2016, Thu Sep 15 2016, Thu Oct 13 2016.
6/30/16 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Thursday night ride series at Hopkinton State Park are novice/intermediate paced, no drop rides. While the park has a few small climbs and technical features, mainly the trails are flowy and fun, and not very technical.  Typically the rides last 1 to 1 1/2 hours and cover 6 to 8 miles.  Beginners are welcome, and we will split the ride into two groups if levels vary.

We ride most Thursdays, but check the BVNEMBA Facebook page or contact the ride leader to confirm.

Park in the cul-de-sac on Holly Lane in Ashland.  Wheels up at 6:00 PM.

Location

Hopkinton State Park, Starting at Holly Lane, Ashland

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Brian Forestal

GB & NS NEMBA Lynn Woods Ride

Event Date

8/13/16 9:00am to 12:00pm
Come join the GB and NS NEMBA chapters for the third of 3 planned rides at Lynn Woods this summer! Meet at the ballfield lot at 9:00 AM. This will be an XC ride with some technical sections, intermediate level, everyone will be waited for but no beginners please. Ride length: approximately two hours. Helmet and water required.

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Hank Kells

GB & NS NEMBA Lynn Woods Ride

Event Date

7/9/16 9:00am to 12:00pm
Come join the GB and NS NEMBA chapters for the second of 3 planned rides at Lynn Woods this summer! Meet at the ballfield lot at 9:00 AM. This will be an XC ride with some technical sections, intermediate level, everyone will be waited for but no beginners please. Ride length: approximately two hours. Helmet and water required.

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Hank Kells

GB & NS NEMBA Lynn Woods Ride

Event Date

6/11/16 9:00am to 12:00pm
Come join the GB and NS NEMBA chapters for the first of 3 planned rides at Lynn Woods this summer! Meet at the ballfield lot at 9:00 AM. This will be an XC ride with some technical sections, intermediate level, everyone will be waited for but no beginners please. Ride length: approximately two hours. Helmet and water required.

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Hank Kells

NEMBA 4th Annual Ice-Cream Kids Ride

Event Date

7/16/17 10:30am to 12:00pm

Come join NEMBA for a special Kids Ride at Great Brook Farm on Sunday  July 16. After a fun filled ride NEMBA would like to treat everyone who participated to join us for a ice cream at the Great Brook Farm Ice Cream Parlor. 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. 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 NEMBA 4th Annual Ice-Cream Kids Ride

Location

Great Brook Farm

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

NEMBA Kids Ride

Event Date

6/10/17 10:30am to 12:00pm

Come join NEMBA and Burlington Recreation Department for Burlington Town Mountain Bike day at Landlocked Forrest on Saturday, June 10th. We will meet at the ESTABROOK SCHOOL, 117 Grove Street, Lexington, MA.

https://www.facebook.com/events/941401415993523/?__xt__=33.%7B

In addtion to the NEMBA Kids Rides there will also be adult lead rides, meet & greet and a noon time BBQ.  

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.  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.  If you have any questions about the Kids Rides please contact Andrea Jones.


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 and teens 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 NEMBA Kids Ride

Location

Landlocked Forrest, Estabrook Elementary School, 117 Grove St, Lexington, MA 02420

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Andrea Jones

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