3/23/14 9:00am to 12:00pm
If you'd like to join us, just be there before 9:00 AM ready to ride.
Crane Wildlife Management Area
3/23/14 9:00am to 12:00pm
Crane Wildlife Management Area
The town of Duxbury hosts many great areas to explore. The two mentioned on this page, North Hill Marsh and Round Pond are located on opposite sides of Mayflower Street so it makes sense to describe them together.
The area's 1230 of contiguous conservation land form the largest parcel of preserved land in the town.
The trails are managed by the Duxbury Conservation Commission and maintained by the town and by local volunteers. NEMBA members in particular are always picking up deadfalls and brushing back overgrowth.
The town has a No-New-Trails policy on all of its properties. (See the note below.)
Riding these trails:
With 31+ miles of trails at hand it would be pretty nearly impossible to ride everything in one outing. You'll find yourself returning here over and over to continue exploring. The first map, from the TrailForks app is the most useful. Not only does it show you the trails but as you're riding it will show where you are on the trail network as well as trace your route. LoL You can even make a donation to SE MA NEMBA right from the app.
The trails range from easy wide carriage paths suitable for newcomers and family rides to some very hilly twisty singletracks that willchallenge both your techniacl skills as well as your lung power.
There's an abandoned motocross track, at the top of a hill in the Round Pond area. I challenge you to do three laps of the track without getting totally winded.
You'll see lots hikers, families, dogs and horses out on these trails. Please ride cautiously and respect the other users rights! Also, till the Pandemic is over maintain social distancing and other Covid 19 precautions as possible.
The Bay Circuit Trail passes through these lands. If you're looking for a really extended ride, you could add in their 230 miles. :-)
The best places to park are on Mayflower Street. Here are the directions from the town's website. "From Rt. 3 South: Take Exit 10 off Rt. 3 and bear to the right. Follow Rt. 3A to the Duxbury Fire Station. Turn left onto and continue down Mayflower Street. The parking for North Hill Marsh are about a mile past the Duxbury transfer station on the right and left.
It should be noted that these lots can fill up fast. So, on weekends at least, many people also park behind Duxbury Town Hall wher a trail right out of the parking ;lot leads into North Hill Marsh.
Cautionalry note from the Con Com.
An Open Letter to Mountain Bikers who ride in Duxbury Conservation Lands
In preface, the Conservation Commission is empathetic to the current lockdown
situation; several of us have children at home who we are struggling to keep busy
and engaged in productive activities. Especially as the weather gets better, we
understand the desire for kids and teens to be outside and off screens. We
encourage safe outdoor pursuits in Duxbury Conservation lands, provided these
pursuits are allowed by the Town’s rules and regulations. These rules and
regulations can be found on the Town website.
Mountain biking is allowed on Duxbury Conservation lands, subject to the
regulations. Over the years as biking has become more popular, bikers have used
the lands in a manner that has been respectful to walkers, runners, equestrians, and
to the woods and trails, with few exceptions. It has been a wonderful evolution to
allow for positive multi-use of the Conservation lands. There are a multitude of
trails in town, enough to provide for a challenging and exciting mountain biking
Unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in unauthorized trail making
and structure building on Conservation lands. Cutting trees, digging, building
jumps and similar activities is expressly prohibited on Conservation lands. Recent
activity of this nature has been noted in the Conservation lands west of Island
Creek pond. This activity (and similar activities elsewhere on Conservation lands)
must stop immediately.
If you have children that mountain bike on the Conservation lands, the
Commission urges you to speak to your child to ensure we can continue multi-use
activities on Conservation lands. The Commission does not want to close
Conservation lands to all mountain biking activity because a select few are
breaking the rules. The land is for everyone to enjoy, but the enjoyment must not
leave a trace for others. Taking a shovel and saw to the woods has a long-lasting
impact to the wildlife and to the public who seek to enjoy the lands in their natural
state. The unsanctioned trail building also has created unsafe areas for young and
Please abide by the regulations and continue to use the Conservation lands
respectively so that all may enjoy it for many years to come.
The Conservation Commission
The Bay Circuit Trail, formerly known as the Bay Circuit Path is about 230 miles long. Although this changes constantly due to land ownership changes and new opportunities. It runs from Newburyport's Plum Island to Duxbury's Harbor running through 38 towns and linking 57 Greater Boston communities.
Most responsible for today's Bay Circuit Trail is Alan French, a North Andover resident, who working with a host of volunteers created, planned, marked and most importantly got permissions for mouch of what we now enjoy.
Today the trail is managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Trusttes of Reservations.
Little know fact: The "original" Bay Circuit Path, in the early part of the 20th century, was conceived of as a motorway linking pastoral unpaved roadways for automobile use. The world has certainly changed since then.
The Bay Circuit Trail is mostly located between the Route 495 and 128 Beltways, It runs from sea leavel to sea level with a maximum elevation of 602 feet at Nobscot Hll in Framingham Some sections of the trail are on pavement, but the majority of it is trail.
The trail passes through an almost innuerable number of conservation parcels, parks and State forests.
Most of the Bay Circuit Trail is open to bikes. But there are a few exceptions.
One exception is the Nobscot Scout Reservation on Sudbury and Framingham. This includes most of the of the section of the trail between Brimstone Lane and Route 20 and includes both Nobscot Hill & Tipping Rock. The biking alternate is going north on Bay Circuit trail is north (downhill) on Brimstone Lane and east on Route 20. Going South, from Tippling Rock Trailhead, go west on Route 20 and south (uphill) on Brimstone Lane.
Other exceptions include certain trails on Sudbury Valley Trustees properties and Audubon's Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon.
NEMBA has a long history of volunteerism on the Bay Circuit. To see a list of these type Bay Circuit into the search box at the top of this page.
Riding the Bay Circuit Trail
Most people riding in their favorite areas in this corridor observe Bay Circuit Trail markers. But few people try to ride the whole thng. Check the maps. You may find that you can link a few of your favorite riding areas using trails that you've nvere explored. Many times people will park vehicles at two places on the Trail and ride between them. Over time they may ride the whole thing. I am aware of a few pwople who have done the whole thing, with the exceeption of a few no-bike restrictions, in one ride. But, they normally do some rough camping or stay at motels along the way.
When exploring the Bay Circuit Trail you'll go through many conservation areas and pass an uncountable number to trail junctions. Giving you a perfect opportiunity to explore.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
NEMBA recommends that all chapters and individuals follow the active public health practices that are set by your local and state public health organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all in this together until the end of the COVID-19 emergency.
All NEMBA rides and events are suspended until state and local public health guidelines indicate resumption of activities are safe.
NEMBA Chapters can and should take advantage of virtual meeting technologies to promote connections in the mountain bike community and maintain basic chapter communications and planning.
We encourage all mountain bikers to heed state and local public health guidelines if you choose to get out and ride.
*If you must ride alone, please take extra caution for yourself! Take a charged phone and let family/friends know your expected route and time of return.
We are part of a much larger community of people seeking comfort through outdoor recreation right now – we need to do everything we can to make it safe and responsible for all trail users.
This is also a very visible time to demonstrate that mountain bikers are positive, compatible, and integral members of our trail communities. We are all ambassadors – every one of us.
3/17/2020: As of today, NEMBA is recommending that all NEMBA chapters place a hold on all organized in-person meetings, events, and rides until at least April 15th, 2020. We believe this is prudent in light of the overall guidance coming out of local, state, and federal public health organizations to greatly limit groups and minimize contact between individuals. Chapter, or other meetings, that can be conducted via conference call or video conference should absolutely continue. We will re-evaluate this guidance as we get closer to April 15th. Thank you all for doing your part to help slow down transmission of COVID-19!
Given the recent developments with the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19), NEMBA’s Executive Board is concerned about the potential health impacts for our membership and the wider community. In an effort to do our part to help mitigate the spread of the virus, our chapters are urged to follow all local, state and federal government public-health guidelines regarding actions that can be taken to staunch the transmission of COVID-19. While not exhaustive, some preventative actions to protect yourself and others include:
· Being vigilant about hygiene: wash your hands often and thoroughly; follow the CDC guidelines.
· Practice social distancing: keep space between you and others.
· Stay at home if you are sick.
· Cover your coughs and sneezes. If you use a tissue, immediately throw the tissue in the trash.
· Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
· Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly.
Please keep apprised of changes during this rapidly evolving situation. Good information can be found at the CDC and WHO sites:
Many municipalities have, or are, enacting restrictions on large gatherings. Chapters should follow these guidelines and make preparations to hold events like chapter meetings via conference call or postpone if necessary. These guidelines should also be followed when considering organizing a group ride. While participation in mountain biking on the trails generally imparts a natural separation of greater than the recommended 6’ distance; we must recognize that there are opportunities for closer contact during check-in, stoppages and pre-post ride social interactions. Everyone should be vigilant on the trails to protect yourself and others. NEMBA is monitoring the public-health guidance and we will make appropriate recommendations regarding regionally organized events. We will communicate any changes to the regional calendar as the situation warrants. We urge everyone to take the needed precautions to protect yourself, your fellow riders and the community at large. Read more about NEMBA COVID-19 Statement
3/14/20 8:30am to 12:00pm
Weather Permitting! Come out for the continued work for our new trail Fin's Folly at Old Jail Lane. Were looking for a few volunteers to help us do "pre-install" work and move some dead fall, obstructions and deal with the cat-briars to make the Gravely work easier on Install Day. Some tools provided bring lithium chainsaw, loppers, hand clippers, rakes and gloves.
Sign NEMBA's once-a-year Trail Care Waiver ahead of time to save time.
We'll meet at Old Jail Lane's parking lot at 311 Old Jail Lane. Read more about CC NEMBA Old Jail Lane Trail Build
The address above is for the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest which forms the centerpiece of Martha's Vineyard's trails. Here's a link to it.
Correllus has a paved bike path that almost circumnavigates the forest as well as many single and doubletrack trails within it.
It is not well known but Martha's Vineyard actually has over 200 miles of public trails on protected lands. Theres are curated by the Sheriffs Meadow Foundation. Check out their website for more information on the Island's trails. They feature the TrailsMV ap. Which one can download into a phone or a gps device. It will show you the exposition you are at while out on the trails.
Riding on the island is a lot of fun. The trails are scenic, and often unexpeced given the development on the island. There are great ocean views as well as cool, quiet forest trails.
People ride here all year long. Given the soil characteristics mud is rare. As is snow, which doesn't last very long when there is any.
Riding in the winter, early spring or fall is especially fun as the summer's crowds are largely absent.
To get ther you'll need to take a ferry. Check the Steamship Authority for details. You can make a reservation for your vehicle or, park in one of the many mainland parking lots and ride your bike to the ferry. If you choose to leave your car on the mainland you'll probably not need a reservation.
Needless to say the Vinyard offers almost endless restaurant and lodging options.
The Vineyard Off Road Bicycle Association hosts weekly rides. Many trails are also featured on this Hotel's Website. Lastly here's a Martha's Vineyard Magazine article describing the trails, it's a bit dated, there's a lot more trails now.
Whether you plan a day trip, or an extended stay, you'll find plenty of trails to keep you busy on Martha's Vineyard..
Taking advantage of the almost spring like temperatures some of us will be riding from the Yarmouth Dog Park located at 474 Buck Island Road in Yarmouth starting at 11:00 AM.
This will be a fun ride, not a race.
Join us if you can. :-)
12/8/19 9:00am to 3:00pm
SE MA NEMBA will be assisting in an Eagle Scout project designed to build new trails in the town of Easton.
12/11/19 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Want Better Mountain Biking in the Fells?
Join us on December 11th, 2019 at 6:30 PM at the Winchester Library for an open forum of mountain bikers to discuss ways to improve mountain biking and mountain bike access in the Middlesex Fells.
Greater Boston NEMBA wants to hear from you about how to improve riding in the Fells. It’s been 8 years since the DCR created the Resource Management Plan (RMP) that should help guide the future of mountain biking in the Fells, yet we still need to get to work alongside DCR to execute many of the recommendations.
When the RMP was created it made sense for us to focus on projects like Dark Hollow Pond trail and establishing rides and events. Now it's time to develop an action plan within RMP guidelines to improve access to new trails and continue to build a positive relationship with the park. Join us to learn what the opportunities are. Join us to see if you’d like to get involved to make the Fells a great place to legally ride.
Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St, Winchester, MA 01890
On Sunday 12/1 we'll be adding to the inventory of trails behind the Oak Ridge School in Sandwich.
While these trails are being built for the town's after school mountain bike program they will be open during non-school hours to everyone.
Our 11/10 trail build added about 1.8 miles of new buffed singletrack trails. On 12/1 we hope to build 2+ miles more.
Upon completion we'll have about 6 miles of trails behind the school. Wow!
More details will be forthcoming, but for now put 12/1 on your calendars.
This will be a fun event and will reward us with a new trail that we can enjoy forever.
SIgn NEMBA"s annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so,