Central MA

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Ride & Meeting

Event Date

9/8/14 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Meet at the Wachusett Village Inn. Ride starts promptly at 6 PM. The meeting will be held in the restaurant at 7:15 PM.



Wachusett Village Inn




Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style


Ride Leader Name

Eric Boudreau

Central MA

Brooks Woodland Preserve

22 East Rd
Petersham  Massachusetts  01366
United States
There are two parking areas on East Rd. The one further to the west is larger.








The Trustees of Reservation's Brooks Woodland Preserve and North Common Meadow's 723 acres host over 15 miles of mild to moderate trails. 

It is a very scenic place to ride. One of may favorite trails, the Blue Dot Trail follows a river down hill (or uphill depending on which way you ride it.) It's stunningly beautiful.

If you choose to ride from one of the East Road starting areas I'd suggest doing the northernmost trails before heading into the center of Brooks. Caution, one trail in this area leads to a beswamp where the trail has been submerged. You'll recognize it because there are many downfalls on it and it seems to get little use.

There is a red dot loop to the north, a blue dot loop in the middle and a yellow dot loop to the south. All of these are very ridable though you'll do over 900 feet of climbing if you exlore them all.

In addtion there are many white dot trails bisecting these loops. Generally these are harder, have more climbing, and include a couple of singletracks. This would all be very confusing if you don't bring a copy of the map at the top of this page with you.

Some of the trails lead into neighboring property such as one section of the Harvard Forest which also has many trails.

My guess is that you won't ride here for a technical challenge. But you will ride here for the experience. And you wil return.

Bill Boles

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Links to Relevant Resources

PV NEMBA Chili Ride


11/18/18 (All day)




11/18/18 12:00pm

Chili Ride #10 is scheduled for Sunday, November 18th!

The Chili Ride is a great way to round out the fall: a 2 to 3 hour mountain bike ride on classic Wendell singletrack at an intermediate pace, followed by a chili-themed potluck at Bill's house across the street from park headquarters.

The rides start at 12:00pm from the Wendell Ranger Station (392 Montague Road, Wendell MA) and will go for about 2-3 hours. This will be an unmarked ride, and groups will be formed based on skill level. All riders are welcome but be aware that Wendell trails are considered technically challenging. We will accommodate all that show up! Non biking partners welcome to take a leisurely hike during the ride.

This late in the year New England weather can be unpredictable so be sure to layer up, bring snacks and plenty of hydration. We should not be needing lights for this ride but feel free to bring one, just to be on the safe side.

Chili Cookoff:

As always, we will be having a chili cook-off this year - bring your favorite chili, side dish, appetizer or dessert for a chance to be crowned the 2018 PV NEMBA Chili Champion!!

The party after the ride will be at Bill Gabriel's house just before the ranger station on the right (334 Wendell Road, Millers Falls); if you're bringing food you can drop it off at his house before the ride between 11:00am and 11:45pm. You can also leave your car in his driveway and bike over to the ranger Station (parking will be limited at the ranger station).

Directions to the Wendell Ranger Station:

From the east or west: Take Rte. 2 to Rte. 63 south through Miller Falls, Wendell Rd. over R.R. bridge, take Montague Rd. and follow signs.

From the north or south: Take Rte 47 North to Route 63 North. Travel approximately 6 miles and follow lead in signs approximately 2 miles to the Park Headquarters. (From RT63: turn right on Highland St (before center of Millers Falls) to intersection with S Prospect St, turn right onto S Prospect St and follow that all the way up -turns into Wendell Rd, bear right)

Location: Wendell State Forest, Park Headquarters, 392 Montague Road, Wendell MA

Directions to Bill Gabriel's house (from Millers Falls):

Follow the signs to Wendell State Forest. Bill's house is on the right just before the Ranger Station, brown house with a red barn sitting back from the road (334 Wendell Road, Millers Falls).

Feel free to contact me with questions for further information, car pooling or just to let me know you're coming. Hope to see you all soon! If you're unsure if the ride is still happening (rain, heat, surprise blizzard etc.) call me the day of the ride - leave a message and your phone number if I don't pick up and I will call you back.

Contact: Marc – fatbiker413@gmail.com - 413-772-9319

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Pioneer Valley


Event Leader

Mark Lombard

Kona Bicycles Mountain Bike Adventure Ride at Dubuque State Forest


7/22/18 (All day)

NOTE:  This Event is Cancelled due to excessive rain


Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Dubuque State Forest

Sunday, July 22 (All Day - registration is 9am-11am)

Join the Pioneer Valley chapter of NEMBA for a marvelous day of riding on the newly-approved trail system in the Kenneth R. Dubuque State Forest in Hawley, Massachusetts. This is the first ever mountain bike event on these trails, so, unless you're familiar with the area - everything you ride will be new! All proceeds will go towards maintaining and improving the trail system, which offers over 30 miles of mountain biking trails, ranging from mellow woods roads to challenging singletrack. Come out and explore the forest with us while helping a good cause!

Marked Courses: Riders can follow marked courses on their own. Ride fast or just cruise, the trails are arrowed so everyone knows where to go and you don’t have to worry about getting lost.

Led Rides:  There will be two led rides starting at 11:30 a.m.  Harold Green will lead a mellow-paced ride and Marc Lombard will lead a 1.5-2.5 hour ride depending on pace and group size.

Cost: $10.00 for NEMBA members, $25.00 for non-members and FREE for anyone who joins NEMBA at the event. Kids 15-and-under ride for free with a registered Parent/Guardian

Bonus: All attendees can present their wrist bands at Thunder Mountain on the afternoon of the 22nd for a half-price ticket!

Directions: The ride will start at the Hawley Fire Station on Plainfield Road.

NEMBA CHAPTER: Pioneer Valley

TRAIL: Kenneth Dubuque State Forest

EVENT LEADER: Harold Green

Rain Policy: We will cancel if anything over 1/2 inch of rain is forecasted as of Friday at 5:00, and announce via Facebook and the website 


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Berkshire Brattleboro-Keene Pioneer Valley


Event Leader

Harold Green

Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride


9/11/18 (All day)

Mark your calendars for our next chapter meeting. It will be held at \the Gardner Ale House.

We're also having an optional pre-meeting ride.   Both are on Tuesday Sept 11:


5pm start at the Gardner Veterans ice arena (https://goo.gl/maps/HPQ1Nt4d9nG2) will cover some local trails in Gardner (one recent ride there got 11 miles)


7pm start at the Gardner Ale House (https://goo.gl/maps/M3SXdgm35iq). We will have a private room and chapter supplied pizzas and salad, you buy your beverages (Moon Hill Brewery is on site and has great beer!). So we can ensure we plan for enough space at the restaurant please RSVP here as soon as you can: https://doodle.com/poll/6xxy9k6meu72sbxk 


  • elect new chapter officers (up for grabs at this time: President, Secretary; early next year we'll need a new Treasurer too)
  • discuss new chapter positions for area leads/liaisons (adding coverage for Trout Brook in Holden, would like to add coverage for Pearl Hill and some other areas)
  • discuss all the latest news from our revived partnership with DCR in Leominster State Forest
  • discuss the $50k RTP grant we won to build phase 1 of a new singletrack network in Oakham State Forest
  • discuss the latest in the Ware River Watershed trail/access situation
  • discuss any other member business, trail opportunities and/or challenges

Hope to see you, don't forget to RSVP for the meeting at https://doodle.com/poll/6xxy9k6meu72sbxk

You do not have to be a member of Wachusett NEMBA to attend. Read more about Wachusett NEMBA Chapter Meeting & Ride



Event Leader

Dave Burnham