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Fells MTB Guidelines

Attention Fells Mountain Bikers

DCR has asked us to remind the riding community about some important rules around mountain biking in the Fells. GBNEMBA encourages every rider in the Fells to respect and follow them.

Please ride only on trails open for multi-use (this includes mountain biking). These are the main singletrack trails open for mountain biking:

1. The Mountain Bike Loop (the green trail)

2. The Reservoir Trail (the orange trail)

Additionally, there are many trails that are listed as “Forest Ways” on the official DCR map for the Fells that are designated multi-use (see exceptions below).

Please do not ride on the following trails (or in these designated areas) as they are walking/hiking only:

  1. The Skyline Trail (the white trail)
  1. Virginia Woods area
  2. Long Pond area

In addition, GBNEMBA encourages all Fells trail users to follow these best practices when recreating in the Fells:

  1. Stay on trail – don’t wander off trail
  1. Don’t modify or build trails without DCR permission
  2. Don’t walk or ride around wet spots – go through them. Going around makes the trail wider
  3. Don’t line trails with sticks. Sticks will keep water on the trails and make the trails look less natural
  4. Be aware of when trails are soft and consider staying off the trails. Walking or riding on soft trails causes lasting damage.
  5. Have positive trail interactions – greet other trail users!
  6. Get involved with trail stewardship at the Fells. Work with GBNEMBA on trail maintenance days or contact DCR for other trail stewardship opportunities.

Thank you for helping to keep mountain biking a positive recreation activity in the Fells!

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Blackstone Valley NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

2/10/20 6:00pm to 9:00pm

BV NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Monday, February 10th, 2020 6:00 PM
Craftroots Brewing, located at 4 Industrial Drive, Milford Ma. 01754

Call the Meeting to Order 6:30 PM
Approve last meetings minutes.
Approve last meetings treasurers report

Treasurer’s Report

Annual Elections

Special Guest Speaker
Chris Nichols Speaking on
Ovah the Bars LLC & Other Crazy Shit

Philip Keys Stepping Down
Short Discussion

Kingdom Trails / NEMBA Fest Debacle
Short discussion

Brian Belfer Speaking on
Opportunities in Local Government

John Beaupre
NEHSCA Update

Guest Dave Hunter Speaking on his Event
Dare to Dream Triathlon

Jonathan Niro speaking on
Local Government & Local Conservation relations with Mountain Bikers

Kristen Brandt promoting
Steve the Bike Guy’s
Women Who Wrench Clinic

Trail Work Updates
West Hill Dam
Callahan
Nobscot
Douglas
Sutton

NEMBA Trail Building School
June 6th
Keene Parks and Recreation Keene, NH

Trailforks Guru, Bruce Rioux
Ways Everyone can Contribute to Trailforks

VLMC, Kevin Keenan
Vietnam Report

Ride Series Update

Social Media Discussion

Time Trial Proposal Bill D

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Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Event Leader

Brian Forestal
captainbri1@gmail.com

Wachusett NEMBA WRWAC Meeting & Update

Date

3/19/20 7:00pm to 8:30pm

There will be a meeting of the Ware River Watershed Advisory Committee held at the Quabbin Regional Library located at 800 South Street in Barre on Thursday March 19th starting at 7:00 PM.

The next WRWAC meeting is scheduled. This new larger venue (Quabbin High auditorium) was chosen to accommodate public feedback about proposed public access plan revisions, which are on hold for now. Agenda from DCR will be added below once published.

Agenda from DCR will be added below once published.

       Late breaking details will be added to this Facebook Page.

This is an important meeting. Hope you can attend.

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Chapter

Wachusett

Event Leader

Brett Russ
icycle@gmail.com

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Vaughn Hills, Bolton

245 Vaughn Hill Rd
Bolton  Massachusetts  01740
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

The town of Bolton has an extensive network of trails.  The best information on them is located on the Bolton Trails website.

This page focuses on the Vaughn Hills, a 187 acre property with almost 7 miles of trails. The Vaughn Hills trail map is quite detailed and shows three parking areas, but recommend parking at the "Moen Lot" at 245 Vaughn Hill Road, Bolton, MA. Trails meander along cliffs, farms, wooded areas, and a wetland pond with beaver activity. Climbs and descents from North peak are worthy of a visit with approximately 400ft of elevation change. Longer rides can be connected to adjacent properties within Bolton and Harvard.

Note: All trails in Bolton are dog, equestrian, and mountain bike friendly.

ProTip: These trails can be very muddy during the spring at the lower elevations, so best reserved for a visit during dry periods.

Get a better idea of the avilable trails in Bolton by looking at the Town Trail Map.

Vaughn Hill/bower Spring Trail System(s) Mountain Bike Trail in Bolton/harvard,  Massachusetts - Directions, Maps, Photos, and Reviews Conservation Land and Trails | The Bolton Conservation Trust Vaughn Hill, Bolton, MA – Hike Your Dog  Read more about Vaughn Hills, Bolton

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Rattlesnake, Bolton

117 Main St
Bolton  Massachusetts  01740
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

15%

Description

The town of Bolton has an extensive network of trails.  The best information on them is located on the Bolton Trails website.

This page focuses on Rattlesnake, a 453 acre parcel laced with trails and many natural features such as rock outcroppings, caves, and vernal pools and some historical features like quarries and mills. The trails consist of old cartpaths and singletracks. There is a mix of beginner and intermediate terrain with some advanced sections with typical New England rocky sections. The trail junction markers are useful for navigating the trail network, but only with a reference map on hand. There are multiple areas to park, but most people park in the lot directly visible from State Route 117 (195 Main Street, Bolton, MA) . Be sure to check out the Ridge Loop Trail and Boulder Trail. Longer rides can be connected to adjacent properties within Bolton, Harvard, or Stow. 

Note: All trails in Bolton are dog, equestrian, and mountain bike friendly.   

Get a better idea of the avilable trails in Bolton by looking at the Town Trail Map.

ProTip: End your ride with BBQ, pizza, and beer at Slater's (outdoor seating + view of parking lot)

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Local Eats

Slater's

BV NEMBA Bridge Build

Date

Repeats every day until Sun Dec 29 2019 .
12/28/19 9:00am

BV NEMBA Eagle Scout Bridge Build

Working on my Eagle Scout Project. I am building a 100 foot bridge in Douglas State Forest for hikers, horses, and mountain bikers.

I am looking for volunteers to help complete this project.

Work includes transporting materials to the site and hauling it into the woods, as well as assembling the bridge.

Having a truck is a bonus.

Work parties will be this Saturday and Sunday 12/28-12/29 9am.

So grateful for any and all help you can give.

This is a project that will benefit many as this area on the trail has a small creek that crosses a spot where people, animals, and bicycles frequently travel.

Let me know if you can help.   Jackson Beaupre

Thank you!

 

  Sign NEMBA's Annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time.

 

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Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Brian Forestal
captainbri1@gmail.com

BV NEMBA Coffee House Ride @ West Hill Dam

Event Date

11/26/19 9:00am to 11:00am

BV NEMBA Coffee House Ride Series

I am just not ready to give up on the season yet. I also just can't find the November Rain joke that I am looking for here.

The Coffee House Rides are mostly inter-mellow cruises with some optional sessions.

This time we'll be riding at the West Hill Dam, scene of BV NEMBA's recent Fun Ride.

If you have your basic skills down but have not been on a group ride before, or coming back from some time off, this series is a great one to hop in on.

   Sign NEMBA's Annual Ride Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

Late breaking details will be posted to this Facebook Page.

   Direcitions: West Hill Dam Rd. Uxbridge, MA. Read more about BV NEMBA Coffee House Ride @ West Hill Dam

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Kristofer Munroe

BV NEMBA Callahan Trail Reroute

Date

11/16/19 9:00am to 3:00pm

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Beebe Pond Trail Reroute

On Saturday 11/16 BV NEMBA will be starting the Beebe Pond Reroute.

We'll need all the help we can get on this one. Please let us know if you can help out.

The Beebe Pond Reroute has been on the table for quite some time now.
 
This reroute eliminates a short section that was serviced by the bridge shown in the picture below.
 
The beavers have effectively blocked the outlet of this pond causing this bridge to become underwater.

This reroute will add about 3/4's of a mile of trail as we work around this wet area.
 
We will be building some really fun singletrack.
 
There are a few sections requiring a bench cut and a fun trip up and down the bluff in that area.

There will be a bridge required in the middle of this reroute, but that will be a seperate project at a later date.
 
BV NEMBA will supply some tools, but bring loppers if you have them.
 

Location: The address is 460 Broad Meadow Street in Marlborough. It works in Waze. and Google Maps This is the farm in the middle of the north side of Callahan State Park.

Disregard the signs telling you to turn back, don't go here, Motor vehicles not allowed, video surveillance in use. We have permission to park here. Follow the drive up past the house and around to the right. You'll see us at that point. Please drive with the utmost respect for the property owner.

This parking spot puts us a close as we can get for a miminual walk to the work area. It's about a 3/4 mile walk to the work area.

  Save time by signing NEMBA's annual Trail Care Waiver if you haven't already done so.
 
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Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Brian Forestal
captainbri1@gmail.com

BV NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

11/18/19 (All day)

Blackstone Valley NEMBA Fall Chapter Meeting

Our Fall Chapter Meeting will be at CraftRoots Brewing located at 4 Industrial Rd in Milford.
Socializing at 6:00
Meeting starts at 6:30
Chapter will provide pizza. Cash bar.
If you'd like to discuss a particular topic, please contact Brian, so we can add it to the agenda.

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Chapter

Blackstone Valley

Event Leader

Brain Forestal
captainbri1@gmail.com

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