Southeast MA

SE MA NEMBA Trail Day

Date

2/27/21 (All day)

SE MA NEMBA Flyway Pond Trail Bridge Build

This Saturday February 27th, we will be moving materials and constructing some boardwalk bridges on the new FlyawayPond Trail, and I'm looking for volunteers.

The materials for this project are being graciously funded by the Easton Conservation Commission, and the project is being supported by NEMBA.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, NEMBA guidelines require that volunteer group sizes be limited to 10 people max.

The Covid-19 guidelines set forth by NEMBA can be found here: https://www.nemba.org/news/nemba-covid-guidance-individual-and-group-rides

In addition I ask that if you feel ill the day of or have any symptoms, or have been in the presence of someone whom has an active covid-19 infection in the last 14 days, please dont come.

The plan for this Saturday will be to move materials in, and if weather/conditions allow - start some building - but the primary focus will be to move materials for the most part.

I only have enough materils delivered pre-cut for a few 12' bridge sections that will actually be built this weekend.

Start time: 9AM Saturday

Meet Location: Meet at trail-head located between 11 & 19 Deer Run Road. On street parking is the way to go, so be courteous to the neighborhood when parking.

Alternatively, you can also park (or ride your bike into) the intersection of Chickadee Lane & Kerry Lane and walk/ride in from there, but the lumber pile will be at Deer Run.

 

If you want up to date information, please text me at the number listed below. If weather is really wet, I'll send a group text out on Saturday morning at 8ish to try and find a time later in the day. Either way the thawing ground will be wet, so wear your boots & bring gloves & wet weather gear!

For those that have a battery screw gun, a framing hammer and a waterproof bag to put your tools in, please let me know. (contact info below).

Any questions, please feel free to reply to this email, or call me.

 

Oh! Sign NEMBA's Annual Trail Care Waiver ahead of time if you haven't already done so.

 

Chris

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Hlobrook & Braintree Town Forests

256 Pine Street
Holbrook  Massachusetts  02343
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

25%

Description

The Braintree and Holbrook Town Forests abut each other.

The trails are, for the most part, challenging. You'll find a few fun flowing singletracks but for the most part you'll be dealing with rocks, roots, a few sharp climbs and lots of wooden bridges.

For a comparison, think Ames Nowell State Park, which happens to be only a few miles away.

Neither of the maps at the top of this page do the trails justice. THERE ARE MANY MORE OF THEM!

The Trailforks map will, over time, be filled in with more trails.

I can't express how much fun these trails are to ride. You'll have to experience them for yourself. 

Expect to discover over 15 miles of trails here.

And I promise you, no matter how many trails you see on the maps. You'll always find more.

   Bill Boles

 

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Hawksnest State Park, Harwich

20 Round Cove Rd
Harwich  Massachusetts  02645
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

75%

Difficult

5%

Description

Hawksnest State Park is located in Harwich.

Although it's only 230 acres it hosts a really fun trail network, a beach and is in the center of a regional trail network.

The Best description of Hawksnest is taken from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's Resource Management Plan.

Riding or hiking thesre trails is really fun. Especially the trails that loop around Hawksnest, Oliver's and Black Ponds.

Not all of the park's trails are shown on the DCR's map at the top of this page. They claim 2.3 miles of trails. There are many more.

The Trailforks map shows more and, in time, will have all the surrounding trails.

You'll enjoy Hawksnest! Every trail in it is a blast to ride in each direction.

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Lind Farm, Norfolk / Wrentham

205 North Street
Norfolk  Massachusetts  02056
United States
Parking is in the Lazy Loopers Model Airplane parking lot.

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

20%

Description

Lind Farm is conservation land and State land in the towns of Norfolk and Wrentham.

The trails are fun to ride, ranging from very easy to quite challenging.

The best description of Lind Farm is on this TrailForks map. Two more maps are included on the top of this page. But they are incomplete

You'll enjoy exploring over 10 miles of trails. However on the Trailforks map some of the central trails no longer exist due to a housing development. 

Don't worry though, follow the trails that see the most use and you'll bypass it.

There is an alternative parking area, the Wrentham Dog Park, 1/2 mile south of the Lazy Loopers but it's closed now due to Covid-19.

Some of the trails, expecially in the southern portion of Lind Farm are little used motorcycle trails with some mud in season. But they are passable. 

The only black trail on the Trailforks map is in the area. Fun, but challenging.

For the best riidng experience, stick to the singletracks that seem to get the most use. These are the ones that the area riders are putting the most work into.

I rode here in the spring of 2020 and again in the late fall. I couldn't believe how much the trails had improved in that short time period.

   Bill Boles

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Duxbury's North Hill Marsh and Round Pond

400 Mayflower St
Duxbury  Massachusetts  02332
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

10%

Description

North HIll Marsh & Round Pond

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.  :-)

    Parking:

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

    experience.

    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

    inexperienced bikers.

    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

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Bay Circuit Trail

1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport  Massachusetts  01950
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Bay Circuit Trail

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.

The map at the top of the page links you to the Newburyport, or northern end of the trail at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Here's a more detailed MAP.

The southern end is located at the Bay Farm Preserve located at 55 Loring Street in Dxbury.  You'll fid a map of this area HERE. Note: You can actually do a loop ride at this end of the trail 

 

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Martha's Vineyard

Barnes Rd
Edgartown  Massachusetts  02539
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

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.

Martha's Vineyard NEMBA is one of our newest NEMBA chapters.

Whether you plan a day trip, or an extended stay, you'll find plenty of trails to keep you busy on Martha's Vineyard.

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Blue Hills & Cutler Park Seasonal trail Closure

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Please respect the March Mud Season Closures at Blue Hills and Cutler Park.

These closures are designed to protect the trails and will be dropped if conditions stabilize before the end of the month.

Also! Use your best judgement when riding elsewhere. The ground needs time to defrost, and damage from riding on the top layer of mud can take a long time to heal, encouraging erosion and trail widening. 

A good rule of thumb: If you wouldn't ride multiple laps around your house on your lawn, don't ride on trails. 

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SE MA NEMBA Rides & Events

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Stay up to date on everyday riding and trails conditions by visiting our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/semassnemba/ 

SE MA NEMBA hosts many Rides, Trail Care events and Events.

Most are listed on the main SE MA NEMBA page that you just clicked from, but late breaking news is always on the Facebook page.

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Cataumet Greenway & Red Brook Pond

1 Post Office Square
Bourne  Massachusetts  02534
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

67%

Difficult

3%

Description

The Cataumet Greenway at 95 acres is a small area that's dense with trails. About 5 miles if you ride everything.

The trails are almost all winding, flowing non-technical singletracks. All are fun to ride no matter which direction you choose to ride them in. Normally I'll ride most of them in both direstions.

At 30 acres Red Brook Pond is a nearby about 1/4 mile away on Shore road. 

The best place to park to ride both is near Cataumet's Post Office. You'll see a parking area, playground and trailhead in the same complex.

A good description of both is this one, taken from the Bourne Conservation Trust's Website.

Cataumet Greenway, approximately 95 acres, is comprised of several parcels joined together to provide a network of trails through varying habitats. It is home to numerous species of wild animals and a variety or wildflowers. A sheep trench from an era gone by can still be seen at various point along the trail. Included is Red Brook Pond Conservation Area, Cataumet Center, and Lawrence Island.

A GPX file for a good ride linking the two areas is at the top of this page.  It can be downloaded into your phone or other GPX device. 

The Greenway's trails are really fun to ride. They flow and you never seem to going in a straight line for more that a few seconds at at time. The trails here nicely branch the difference between beginner and intermediate so most everyone will enjoy them.

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