Southeast MA

Southeast MA

Mashpee Woodlands

40 Quinaquisset Ave
Mashpee  Massachusetts  02649
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

65%

Difficult

5%

Description

Mashpee Woodlands is a little know gem. Locals are well aware of it, but most people would be surprised to know that less than a half mile from one of the biggest shopping centers on the Cape, Mashpee Commons, there's a quiet, extremely scenic trail system.

Most of the Woodlands trails are singletracks. The most scenic wind through the woods on ground that's high above the Mashpee River. The views are spectacular. The trails twist through the trees climbing and descending short hills. They are very pleasant to ride, the only downside being that there are too few of them.

In all there's about 4 miles of trails here. The solution - ride them in both directions. These scenic trails look entirely different in the opposite direction.

The Map link above is borrowed from the Trustees of Reservations. This TTOR property in Mashpee is currently closed to bikes. However all of the Town of Mashpee land welcomes mountain bikers. Indeed, local bikers do most of the trail clearing and trash pickup. Cape Cod NEMBA is working on a map of it's own that will clear up this confusion.

Expect to spend about at least an hour and a half exploring Mashpee Woodland's trails. More if you bring a lunch and stop at one of the many benches overlooking the river. In warm weather you may also want to jump in the river for a refreshing swim. But mostly you'll be there to explore and enjoy the trails.

The parking area is isolated. It's deep in the woods at the end of a short dirt road. You'll see a sign on Quinaquisset Ave. A little further down Quinaquisset there's a smaller roadside parking area.

Mashpee Woodlands trails here are rarely too difficult to ride for newer riders. Kids on small wheeled single speed bikes might have to walk a few of the hills but otherwise the trails are fine for family rides.

You'll enjoy the Mashpee Woodlands. I certainly do. 

Local Shops

Sea Sports Bike

Sailworld Cape Cod

Spark Bikes, Taunton

Orleans Cycle

Corner Cycle

Bike Zone

Bike Den

Wheelhouse Bike Co

Links to Relevant Resources

Cape Cod Super 8 Ride / Weekend

Date

4/26/15 9:00am to 12:00pm

Cape Cod NEMBA will be hosting the season's first Super 8 Ride on Sunday April 26 starting at 9:00 AM at the Trail of Tears, 135 Crooked Cartway in Marstons Mills, (Barnstable). 

There will plenty of leaders for this ride. We'll have rides for all levels of riding ability and we'll have rides for women and kids too. 

Following Sunday's ride, starting after 11:00, there will be a cookout - party.  Feel free to bring whatever you'd like to eat and we'll throw it on the grill.

But this will be a weekend event!!!!  

For anyone who'd like to ride on Friday evening there will be a ride at the Trail of Tears starting at 5:30 pm. This one will start at 1590 Race Lane in Marstons Mills. We'll divide into groups and we'll ride for two hours or so.

Saturday there will be rides at Willow Street, better known as "Exit 7". We'll be riding from 362 Willow Street in Yarmouth, MA at 9:00 am. There will be a number of leaders and the rides will go from challenging terrain to flat and from relaxed to advanced.

Fat Bikes On The Beach:  There is a plan for fat bike ride on the beach rides at Sandy Neck Beach, Barnstable on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. These will happen if there's enough interest. Contact Mike Dube if you'd like to do one of these. Beach rides will begin at 1:00 pm. We expect that the larger of these will be on Saturday. Sandy Neck Beach is at 425 Sandy Neck Road in Barnstable.

Accomodations:  The Cape Codder has graciously offered a Super 8 Package. Anyone calling and mentioning the NEMBA Super 8 will be extended a discount rate of $169/night (a $50 savings), and they will receive a bonus, a $10 meal voucher for on-site restaurants. People can also register on line at http://www.capecodderresort.com/ . Use the Group Code NEMBA0424 when reserving the dates. The Cape Codder is located about 5 miles from the Trail of Tears and about 2 miles from Willow Street.

Party: We will get together for a group party/dinner Saturday evening. The dinner will be held at DiParma's Italian Table in West Yarmouth @ 5:00 PM.  It's informal, just sit down and order off the menu.
DiParma's is located at 175 MA-28 in West Yarmouth.

 


While the the official Super 8 ride on Sunday, will be the biggest draw, Cape Cod NEMBA wants to give winter weary people an opportunity to have a fun weekend on Cape Cod.  A weekend with LOTS of riding.

Location

Barnstable, MA

Chapter

Cape Cod SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Mike Dube
zrt800ac@aol.com

Southeast MA

Beebe Woods / Peterson Farm

56 Highfield Dr
Falmouth  Massachusetts  02540
United States

508-540-0876

Easy

60%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

5%

Description

Beebe Woods and Peterson Farm are two Falmouth conservation properties that abut each other. The trails are very pleasant to explore. Especially from the seat of a mountain bike.

The trails are fun, mostly non-technical and circle around quite a bit. It will take you at least a coupe of hours to explore them all.

There's quite a bit to see. Active farmland, including sheep pastures, remnants of old abandoned buildings, many glacial erratics, some very unusual plants and you'll probably meet a lot of people out on the trails.

The two properties together comprise 488 acres. Located just west of Falmouth Center it's just a short ride from downtown as well as being only a few hundred yards from the Shining Sea Bikeway.

The trails in Beebe Woods wouldn't exist if early plans to build 500 houses there had come to fruition. But in 1972 local benefactors bought the land and donated it to the town.

Local Shops

Sailworld Cape Cod

Sea Sports Cycles

Spark Bikes, Taunton

Orleans Cycle

Corner Cycle

Bike Zone

Bike Den

Wheelhouse Bike Co

Links to Relevant Resources

First Southeast Mass Chapter Meeting of 2015!!

Date

4/6/15 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Monday night, yes,, this Monday night, April 6th, we will FINALLY have our FIRST MEETING of 2015. Come join us and bring your comments, thoughts, ideas for the upcoming season. These meetings are always fun--we talk bikes, trails, and share twisted singletrack tales...... AND you WILL be FED, so come hungry! Rich Higgins (and his wife Lisa )has graciously opened his house for the occasion. Meeting is 7pm. Address is: 11 Flyaway Pond Drive, North Easton, MA

Location

11 Flyaway Pond Drive, N. Easton, MA

Chapter

SE Mass

Event Leader

Steve Cobble
cobblestv@gmail.com

FIRST TRAIL CLEANUP OF 2015

Date

4/11/15 9:00am to 11:00am

April 11 is our first Trail Care Day of the year. Foxboro/F.Gilbert Hills. Really our annual cleanup. Brad Childs is the organizer, and here is the info: "Saturday April 11,2015. Volunteers will meet @ the Mill St. parking lot, across street from HQ @ 9:00 AM. This will be a roadside and parking lot trash cleanup. Bags will be provided by DCR and we will be finished by 12:00. Volunteers should bring their own work gloves. There will be no mtb ride as I believe the trails will not be ready. If there is enough interest and the weather outlook is good, I can lead a mellow road ride afterwards ( Pace 14-17 mph about 20 miles) or we can just go to Jake and Joes and quaff a few beers.." It would be GREAT to get a good bunch out there to show our support to the new Forest Manager, and get on their side right from the git-go!.... Brad's 411: bcmtb64@yahoo.com

Chapter

SE Mass

Trail

Event Leader

Brad Childs
bcmtb64@yahoo.com

Metrowest MA

Southeast MA

Cutler Park Needham/Newton

69 Kendrick St
Needham  Massachusetts  02494
United States

617-333-698 X1802

Easy

60%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

5%

Description

The best parking area for Cutler Park is located in Needham MA. But the park itself extends into Dedham, Newton, Brookline and Boston. Cutler park consists of a few hills and a lot of trails near an 800-acre marsh along the Charles River and beside route 128.

Cutler Park is right on the dividing lines of three NEMBA chapters. Greater Boston NEMBA, Blackstone Valley NEMBA and SE MASS NEMBA. but don't let that confusion stop you, everyone's welcome here.  :-)   It's quite close to boston, bordering on route 128 in Newton and Needham. 

There is a large lake near the parking area and the more challenging singletracks are located between it and Route 128. The singletracks nearest to the highway go up and down Cutler's only hill. They are quite fun and include one roller coaster section. See if you can do it without pedaling. 

There are many more trails however, stretching out into the marshes on plank bridges. So expect to spend a bit of time exploring. If you do that you'll eventually make your way out of Cutler Park and into Riverdale Park, Millennium Park, The Brook Farm Conservation Area, and Newton's Nahanton Park. Succeed in doing this and you'll do a 16-mile loop. Cutler Park itself has about 9 miles of trails. The whole complex has about 22 miles of trails to explore.

The first map above shows the entire complex. While the succeeding maps are of individual properties. 

Southeast Mass NEMBA has been doing trailwork at Cutler for many years including the bog bridges. How many times have you been northbound on Route 128 and looked into that marsh, never realizing that there was a trail right through the middle of it?

Cutler's singletracks range from moderately technical to the most buffed singletracks imaginable. There are also some wide dirt roads that are fine for beginners and families. The road around the lake is the best example of that. My favorite trails are on Powell Island which is located after the first long wooden bridge. The trails on Powell's Island roughly form a figure eight. They are quite fast and fun to ride in both directions.

So close to Boston, and yet so far from most people's radar the trails at Cutler and the surrounding parks are worth exploring.

 

By Bill Boles Read more about Cutler Park Needham/Newton

Local Shops

WheelWorks

Landry's

Bikeway Source

BikeBarn

Hub Bicycle

Cannondale Sports Store

Ride Headquarters

Steve The Bike Guy

Apex Velo

Links to Relevant Resources

Southeast MA

Four Ponds & Monks Park

140 Barlows Landing Road
Pocasset  Massachusetts  02559
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

65%

Difficult

5%

Description

The Four Ponds Conservation Area is located entirely in the town of Pocasset on Cape Cod. It’s contiguous with the Bourne Town Forest so most locals lump them together and just refer to them as Four Ponds. It also abuts Bourne's Monks Park conservation area.

One of the most enjoyable trails that I’ve ever ridden on the Cape is Four Pond’s Pine Trail. It’s a smooth never straight singletrack snaking through the woods. It never goes for long without going around a tree, a rock or up or down some small hill. Whoever laid that trail out fully grasped the concept that the experience can often outweigh the location.  It’s only a few miles long but you’ll be disappointed when it’s over. But then again, you can ride it in both directions.

Four ponds is well marked. You’ll find hard to get off the track if you follow the trail markers for any of the mapped trails. Ah the map…. Unfortunately it doesn’t show all of the trails. And it doesn’t show any of the trails in the Bourne Town Forest which is immediately north of Four Ponds. This Stava Map does a better job of highlighting what’s actually on the ground.

Monk's Park located to the west of Four Ponds both north and south of Valley Bars Road is a small conservation area with about 2 miles of very enjoyable singletracks. You can use these trails to ride right down to Monk's Cove for a swim on a hot summer's day.

Most people coming to this area ride the endless trails of Otis. Never realizing that less than a mile away, just on the other side of Route 28 that there’s a much smaller, but just as enjoyable place to ride.

Cautions: You will encounter a lot of people and dogs especially near the parking area. Many older people enjoy relaxing on the many benches provided around the ponds. The ponds themselves are beautiful. Stop for a bit and you’ll observe turtles, frogs, swans, ducks and many other types of birds. The area used to be a fish hatchery and there’s still good fishing here. Drop a line and you’ll agree.

To sum up. Four Ponds may never attract hard core bikers. It’s not that kind of a place. But for a relaxed ride where you’ll get a chance to explore some wonderful trails immersed in nature. Give Four Ponds a try.

Alternative Parking:  There's another good parking area at 58 Valley Bars Road in Bourne.  This one is always less crowded and gives you quicker access to the Bourne Town Forest trails.

Local Shops

Sea Sports Bike

Sail World Cape Cod

Spark Bikes

Orleans Cycle

Corner Cycle

Bike Zone

Bike Den

Wheelhouse Bike Co

Links to Relevant Resources

Saturday Skills Rides

Event Date

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Feb 28 2015 .
1/13/15 (All day)
We have back in our midst a former MTB racer--downhill, cross country, trials, the list goes on...Eric Heinrich. He's been racing cars for a number of years instead of bikes, but he is fit again and flicking his trusty Fat Chance rigid drop-bar machine on the local trails again. He would like to share his talents--see the copied text from him for a good description of his intentions. If you need help with technique, speed, endurance, check out his Saturday morning series that continues up to march, where the trails close to bikes for the muddy month. SC VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV the regular ride will be officially starting after Jan 1, up until March 1 when the trails are closed to bikes. When: Saturdays, 9 am, unless the trails are unrideably snowed in or it's raining. Where:Houghton's lot. Level: B+ All are welcome, but it's not an A pace ride and it's above a C level on skill. Length: 2 hours +/- There will always be a bail out option that will get someone back to the lot in 10 mins or less from wherever we are. The goal is to teach people the trails, keep moving, climb hills and get better at technical skills. The ride will stay in the Houghtons and Big Blue sections Question, comments? email me or find me on FB. If the planned ride is to be cancelled I will email here and post on my FB wall by 7:30 that morning. Eric Heinrich

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Date

1/14/16 7:00pm to 9:00pm

NEMBA Volunteers: If you spent any time building trail, leading rides or volunteering at any NEMBA event last year, WE WANT TO THANK YOU, at the Visitors Center and Beer Hall at Harpoon Brewery in South Boston (306 Northern Avenue,Boston, MA), on Thursday, January 14th, from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm. Pizza and Harpoon's finest and cool give-aways! Come celebrate your hard work!

This is open at any and all NEMBA chapters and volunteers!!!

Location: Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue,Boston, MA

Location

Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue,Boston, MA

Chapter

Berkshire Bethel Area Blackstone Valley Brattleboro-Keene Cape Cod Carrabassett Region Central CT Central Maine Central NH Fairfield County Franconia Area Greater Boston Greater Portland Merrimack Valley Midcoast Maine North Shore Northwest CT Pemi Valley Penobscot Region Pioneer Valley Quiet Corner Rhode Island SE Mass Southeastern CT NEMBA Southern NH Wachusett White Mountains

Event Leader

Adam Glick
adam@nemba.org

SUPER 8 was...SUPER!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I gotta say, that, as usual, the entire Super8 Ride Series, with the finale of the Toys Ride, was a group effort. Local peeps came out in support of their favorite riding spots and led and assisted with rides. Riders and their spouses and kids volunteered to work the sign-up tables and even helped cook! Bike shops came out to offer tech support, lead rides, and generally spread the good word. The idea of a ride series has been bounced around the chapter table for many years, and we've even had some successful skills series and such. But at our January meeting David Farrell setup a slide/ video presentation for us complete with super graphics and charts and graphs and stuff. Blown away by his enthusiasm, we came up with a master plan over the winter and by spring, we were ready for our series 'pilot' at Wompatuck State Park. The formula seemed to work well, and lots of people were starting to ask about it, so near end of summer, we started it up full speed and had an event in a different park every few weeks. We had rides in Borderland, Foxboro, Freetown, Ames Nowell, Massasoit, and Blue Hills. We had different themes for some rides-- Foxboro was a Turkey Burner 'Brunch' ride, Freetown was a joint 'demo-bike' effort with a local shop, Ames was supported by Bike Barn, in Blue Hills the Holiday Toys Ride was a natural fit. The toys collected went directly to InterFaith Social Services in Quincy to be distributed to south shore kids in need for the holidays Local advocacy groups Bike Milton and Quincycles helped promote. Blue Hills Cycling Club came out in huge numbers. The racers in 'Ice Weasels' race on the previous day filled three huge bins full of toys and delivered them to the Toys Ride. But what was great about the Super8 as a whole was that each ride had more riders signed in than the last! The real key to the success of the Super8 came from the dedication of each park's local crew. They're the ones who know the trails best and can translate that to the most FUN! And FUN was had, BY ALL! Thanks to all of my chapter VP's and board members--Christopher Patrick, Richard Higgins, Malcolm Neilson, Brad Childs, Jack Storer, Chip Baker, Jason Berube, John John Bailey, David Farrell, Dave and Leslie Riding, support crew people like Wayne Strohm, Bricky Cement, all of our spouses who understand our commitment to having FUN and our kids who  school us on how to have more FUN, too many more to list, and to all those who helped us out throughout the year. Thanks to Mass DCR and Ranger Lt. Tom Bender, Blue Hills TrailWatch, NE MTB Patrol, Spark BikeRunSports, BikeBarn, Landry's, Anderson Bike, Bicycle Link, Dave's Bike Infirmary, ( my apologies to anyone I missed ....) And special thanks to all who came out to ride with us--it's all your smiling faces that makes it all worthwhile! ( OH Yeah! and the fact that we get to ride too! ) Stay tuned for next year--we will do this again-- STEVE COBBLE

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