Southeast MA

Sandy Pond Trail Maintenance

Date

2/26/17 (All day)

Cape Cod NEMBA will be doing trail care at Exit 7, Willow Street on Sunday 2/26 starting at 9:00 AM.

The event will start from the Sandy Pond Conservation Area parking lot at 474 Buck Island Road in W. Yarmouth.

We are getting together a group of volunteers to go through the extensive trail network here and take care of some minor maintenance issues such as encroaching branches, briars, and other noted issues that impede travel on the trails. Rain or unridable snow will cancel the ride. We will try to schedule a rain date if need be.

Bring small pruners and folding saws that you can carry with you. We will split up in groups and tackle different areas.

Expect to get in about 10 miles of riding and to be finished before 1:00 PM.

Hope to see you there.   :-)

Location

Yarmouth

Chapter

Cape Cod SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Dube
dubati@comcast.net

Southeast MA

Pine Hills

Valley Rd
Plymouth  Massachusetts  02360
United States
Parking is at the end of the short dirt road at Cleft Rock

Easy

15%

Moderate

70%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Pine Hills in Plymouth offer a different experience from most of the riding south of Boston and on Cape Cod. The trails, which are mostly singletracks, claw their way through the woods dodging large rocks as they make their way up and down a series of short hills bisected by Route 3A.

Parking is at the Cleft Rock Parking lot located almost directly across the street from Serious Cycles. I'll divide this report into two parts as the trails on either side of the road differ greatly.

North of 3A the trails are commonly referred to as the 'Nuclear Trails'. That's because they are located behind the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. The trails are on power plant property and exist as a public service of the power plant. Some of these trails are quite difficult. Occasionally you'll encounter structures that will add to your riding experience. While the trails are enjoyable they rarely meet the 'buffed singletrack' description so common in Plymouth and on the Cape. After a couple of rides you'll learn which direction of travel is the most fun.  North of Route 3A you can expect to find about 12 miles of trails. 

South of 3A the trails are more difficult. Branching off from a few old logging roads you find an extensive network of motorcycle trails. These singletracks seemingly go up and down every short hill in the woods. Occasionally they are too sandy or steep to ride, necessitating a few very short walks, but for the most part they are negotiable. Most riders will follow these trails in a westerly direction. That is to say descending, mostly, until they encounter Beaver Dam or Old Sandwich Road from where they'll choose to ride back to the top on pavement or one of the old doubletracks. I have done these trails in both directions and when I do I mostly avoid the singletracks on the way back to the top.


The Open Street Map above shows many of the trails on both sides of Route 3A, but by no means all of them.
You’ll enjoy these trails. They’re challenging and a pleasant change from the ‘coastal plain’ that makes up most of the Southeastern end of Plymouth County. Read more about Pine Hills

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Southeast MA

Carolina Hills

165 Eames Way
Marshfield  Massachusetts  02050
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

Carolina Hills in Marshfield is a little known area with a lot of trails. The trails are hilly, sandy in a few places, and lots of fun.

Park on Eames Way, just beyond the school, where the paved road turns to dirt. You’ll see a trail going into the woods. Take it and explore. There are quite a few singletracks on both sides of Eames Way and the power line. Some of the trails extend across Route 139.

When I ride here I choose the trails that extend my downhills as much as possible while climbing hills quickly. After a few rides I found myself quite able to do that. You will too.
Altogether there are probably 17 miles of trails. These include trails on town conservation land as well as on nearby New England Forestry Foundation land. Explore enough and you’ll even discover some well-maintained Boy Scout trails.

There are two maps at the top of this page.  The first shows the trails in the 775 acre Carolina Hills Conservation Area. The second also shows many of the trails on surrounding land.

Check out the Carolina Hills. If you do, I’m sure that you’ll return often.
 
 
 

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Southeast MA

Old Jail Lane

348 Old Jail lane
Barnstable  Massachusetts  02630
United States
There are two alternate parking areas. > See the text.

Easy

65%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Old Jail Lane trails are part of the Town of Barnstable’s “Cape Cod Pathways” and include a portion of the “Red” trail – a walking route from Sandwich to Yarmouth.  NEMBA riders may be familiar with red triangular trail makers used to identify the route in West Barnstable.  Loop and branch trails are occasionally designated with blue (northside offshoots) or green (southside offshoots) triangular markers.

The Old Jail Lane trails are primarily double-track over rolling hills.  There are a few fast downhills and one challenging climb on Ebenezer Smith Hill  (a loop trail just to the north of the blue trail – try riding counter-clockwise to enjoy “Captain’s Logs”).  NEMBA volunteers did a great job opening up the green trail (fun downhill in counterclockwise direction) on the southside of the preserve and other brush and log removal.

The Central Park trail is a new addition over the last two seasons. Cape Cod NEMBA members as well as kids from Sturgis High School doing community service re-opened a long grown in trail.

The Front Nine trail is located on an old disc golf course. It's short but quite hilly and challenging. Riding it in the counter clockwise direction is fun. The revese is almost impossible.

Rides can be extended by starting further east such as parking at the Barnstable County Complex (which has bathrooms) at 3249 Main St, Barnstable MA 02360 and entering the woods adjacent to the Trayser Museum off of Route 6A.  Or they can be extended further west from parking lot 7 at the Cape Cod Community College at 59 Dillon Lane, West Barnstable, MA 02668.

Riding these trails is a lot of fun. They seem remote as you wend your way through deep woods, the only sound being some traffic noise from nearby Route 6. CCCC students and faculty seeking a nature break from classroom stuffiness are often found out on these trails. While some local dog walkers visit them many times a day.

While not as large as either the nearby Trail of Tears or Willow Street (Exit 7), clever riders will note that Old Jail Lane's trails fall right between them. Making the possibility of a really long day's ride a reality for the hardy.

By Lev Malakhoff Read more about Old Jail Lane

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Cape Cod NEMBA

Kingston Town Trails Maintenance Day

Date

5/2/15 9:00am

Joe Basile is organizing a cool project down in Kingston that fellow rider. A local mountainbike access trail, to add to the cool 7 mile loop that he rides with students every week. Joe also leads a NEMBA novice ride there every Thursday.

Bring your favorite loppers or trail saw, or we will supply whatever tools you need. Gloves, eye protection recommended. Tick repellent HIGHLY recommended.

Here's the info: The plan is to meet at the Silver Lake Regional Middle School parking lot located behind the administration building (260 Pembroke Street/Route 27, Kingston, MA 02354) on Saturday, May 2nd for a 9:00 A.M. start. The area is called the Cranberry Preserve.

Joe will lead the bikers to the section to be cleared, towing the hand tools on my bike trailer while Angelina will lead the walkers. The section of trail that needs to be cleared is about one mile from the parking lot and is small by NEMBA standards, it is less than a half a mile of growth around an old bog. We plan on working until noon when we will return to the parking lot for pizza and water. After lunch, anyone wishing to go on a led ride will get to see the roughly 7 mile loop Joe does weekly with the SLOBO students and with the Thursday NEMBA novice ride.

For more info contact Joe Basile at mr.josephbasile@gmail.com

Location

Silver Lake Regional Middle School

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Joe Basile
mr.josephbasile@gmail.com

RI NEMBA – Lincoln Woods Fun Ride

Date

11/19/17 9:00am to 2:00pm

Lincoln Woods Fun Ride, November 19

Lincoln Woods Fun Ride info! Any questions feel free to call me @ 401 335 3163. Hope to see you all out there! - Brendan

11/19 - Same location as last year. 2 Manchester Printworks Road, Lincoln, RI.  Enter LW via Route 123. Head under the covered bridge and take your immediate right. Additional parking is available at the park offices and up Manchester Printworks Road on the left. Please do not double park on the access road to the pavilion.

Admission is free! Bring non perishable food for the RI Food Bank as well as cash for the raffle (proceeds go to the Food Bank!). Don't be that guy/girl with one can of soup! Suck it up and bring a bunch of food please!

As with year's past we will feed you! Stacy Couto​ is making her amazing chili and we'll likely have some other food offerings as well. Fire pit and good times are optional.

Bring your own post ride beverage of choice, we'll have water and soft drinks as well as volunteer treats.

Registration is from 9 - 12. Food starts around 12, raffle will be held at 1:30.

Kid's rides! We will be hosting a kid's ride at 11:00 with the NEHSCA Team Renegades​ racers. Multiple groups if needed, and parents are encouraged to do this ride as well! Any and all kids are invited and encouraged to ride!

Huge thanks to Transition Bikes​, Devinci Bikes, Kali Protectives​, Providence Bicycle​, Ovah The Bars LLC​, Rideyourassoff​, Vittoria​, KHS Bicycles​, Serfas​, Endura​, Salsa Cycles​, Surly Bikes​, QBP (Quality Bicycle Products)​ and SRAM for all the raffle prizes!

If you want to donate to the raffle prize pile please let me know! The more cash we raise the better!


Directions to Lincoln Woods:  2 Manchester Print Works Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865
Enter the park, head under the covered bridge and take A right at the kiosk. Parking is up the hill near the ball fields, signs will direct you. Additional parking available at the park offices lot, as well as up Manchester Print Works road on the left. Read more about RI NEMBA – Lincoln Woods Fun Ride

Location

Lincoln Woods

Chapter

Blackstone Valley Quiet Corner Rhode Island SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Brendan Dee
mtbdee@hotmail.com

RI NEMBA – Big River Fun Ride

Date

5/15/16 9:00am to 2:00pm

Find out why Big River is so popular. Come take a spin around the trails.
 
  • Sunday May 15, 2016. Registration from 9:00am to noon.
  • Arrowed loops from Beginner (6ish miles) to Painful (20ish miles) and in-between. 
  • $5 for NEMBA members, $10 for non-members, join or renew and ride free! Monies go to Big River cleanup and trail maintenance activities.
  • Orange required; we'll have loaner orange vests if you need one.
  • Food truck will be available following the ride.

Location: The ride will start from the Park N' Ride Lot just south of Route 95 @ Exit 7.  That's 102 New London Turnpike, West Greenwich, RI 02817.

Location

Big River

Chapter

Rhode Island

Trail

SE MASS NEMBA Wompatuck SP Trail Care Day

Date

6/2/18 (All day)

SE MA NEMBA and the Friends of Wompatuck and REI will be holding a Trail Care session on Saturday June 2nd starting at 9:00 AM.

We will split up into groups. The focus will be on improving trails but we may also do a building project and tweek the Pump Track.

REI Will be joining us and their focus will be on building a bridge.

Work parties are normally over by Noon but the bridge build may take longer.

In any case SE MASS NEMBA and the Friends of Wompatuck will provide lunch.

  Read more about SE MASS NEMBA Wompatuck SP Trail Care Day

Location

Hingham, MA

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Tim Friedman
friedmannt@hotmail.com

Southeast MA

Burrage Pond

15 Hawks Ave
Hanson  Massachusetts  02341
United States

(508) 389-6360

Easy

85%

Moderate

12%

Difficult

3%

Description

Burrage Pond is a 1,638 acre wildlife management area. It was created in 2002 when the state purchased land used for cranberry bogs. This means 90% of the trails are completely flat double track which makes for very easy mountain biking. It's the perfect place to introduce newer riders to the sport, or for families who's children are riding on small wheeled bikes.

The main park is completely open with a large pond on one side and bogs on the other making for great scenery. Some trails go into the woods where they turn into narrower single track. The woods trails are still flat and smooth with few roots, rocks or muddy areas to deal with. There are at least 15 miles of trail. This makes for a great beginner riding area.

However, there's a vast network of trails linking into Burrage Pond. After a ride or two go exploring. You won't be disappointed and you'll find many more miles of trails.

This is a great park for viewing wildlife. Birders come from all over to check out the birds, wood ducks, geese and Ospreys. A bald eagle has been known to visit a few years. Bass fishing is popular in the ponds. Lots of turtles including snappers abound in the marshy areas and deer can be seen in the early morning.

Being a wildlife management area, hunting is allowed. Check with the MA hunting schedule and take proper precautions. Deer and duck hunting are especially popular here. 

The main parking lot is down a dirt road off of Hawks Avenue, right where Pleasant St. crosses the railroad tracks in Hanson.

Another popular place to park is at 395 Elm St, Hanson, MA.

By Garret Banuk

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