Southern NH

Southern NH

Bear Brook State Park

157 Deerfield Rd
Allenstown  New Hampshire  03275
United States









Bear Brook State Park consists of nearly 10,000 acres and is the largest developed state park in NH. Amenities include swimming, camping, fishing and group picnic areas. It's 40 miles of trails accommodate biking, hiking, horse back riding and include x-country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. The park was the site of the original town of Allenstown. In the late 1800's, the park area had been completely logged to supply the mills in the Suncook area. The population shifted to the western part of the town and in 1935, Bear Brook was selected for development as a recreational demonstration area. At that time, almost 25% of the New Hampshire population lived within a 15-mile radius. The Civilian Conservation Corps, in the mid to late 1930's, built many of the park structures you see today. As you travel the park, you will notice many remnants of the old town; stone foundations, cemeteries and dams are scattered through out.

The riding here can accommodate all abilities. Trails consist of dirt roads, double track, single track as well as numerous natural features for extra fun. This is what makes Bear Brook a great time. You can ride easy on Podunk road or push yourself to the limit on Catamount Hill.



Beginner Loop:      6 Miles
From the parking lot, go back up the hill you drove in on, to the paved road. Go straight across and take the snowmobile trail on the left. Bear left at the “Y” intersection and follow the Pitch Pine Trail (crossing the snowmobile trail once) until you come to the archery range and the fishing pond.

Head out towards the road and take a left onto the snowmobile trail just before the paved road (which leads to the campground). Follow this trail, which runs parallel to the paved road, and take the second trail on the right.  Follow 50 yards to the paved road. When you come to the paved road, bear right and cross it and continue on the Pitch Pine Trail. At the junction of Broken Boulder Trail turn left. Shortly, there is a wide trail on the right which circles over to the Smith Pond Shelter. Take a look! Rejoin Broken Boulder Trail until the next trail junction, appearing on the right.

This is Bobcat Trail which you will follow all the way to Podunk Road across from Hayes Field.
At this point you have two options; the easiest way is to go down Podunk Road back to the parking lot, the second way, which is more challenging, is to take Little Bear from Hayes Field.

So, if you choose Little Bear, enter the field and take the trail on the right just after the outhouses. When you get to the dirt road, cross it and pass by the gate and take the trail on the right. Keep left at the top of the small hill and follow the trail to the end. (CAUTION…the trail can get very fast going downhill!)
Ignore the trail on the left at the bottom of the big downhill… keep right. Take a left on the road (One Mile Trail) and a right back to the parking lot.

Intermediate Loop:    14 Miles
Follow the beginner loop ride description until you reach the junction of Broken Boulder and Bobcat (marked with +++++). At this point, continue on Broken Boulder. At the paved road, you must go left for a hundred yards (passing the “broken boulder”) before the trail continues on the right. Follow to the end.
Now turn right onto Podunk Road (dirt) and follow to the intersection where the road to the 4-H camp begins.
Continue down Podunk for a couple of hundred yards and catch Ferret Trail on the left. Follow Ferret and pass the Bear Hill Summit trail on the right. Go down hill and there will be a path shortly on the left to Bear Pond (small sign). Stop for lunch and a swim. It is one of the best spots in the park! 

Back out turning left on Ferret. Shortly Hedgehog Ledge will appear on the right. Follow this trail to the end. (CAUTION…this trail has some very technical granite steps. Extreme care should be taken! The first set comes up quickly after you leave the area that was logged and begin to head downhill.)

After the trail levels out, you want to go right at the “T” intersection and soon will go through an open area they used for staging logs. You will come to Podunk Road again. (The park map shows the Bear Hill Trail intersecting Hedgehog, but it does not. It comes out on Podunk Road).

Turn left on Podunk and go to Hayes Field.Head into the field and go to the far end. Turn left onto Carr Ridge (no sign) through another section recently

logged. Continue straight on Carr Ridge crossing Hayes Farm Trail and Sentinel Pine.
Continue on Carr Ridge for a couple of miles. You will come to some steep downhill, washed out sections. At
the bottom of these Carr Ridge ends and meets Cascade.

Go right on Cascade to the end. At the bottom, there are a set of log stairs that are rideable but challenging. Go easy on the front brake!

Directly across from the stairs is Bear Brook trail. This section of trail is usually wet and best avoided by turning right, after going down the stairs and catching the trail about 200 yards on the left, just before the road turns right and goes up a hill.

Follow the trail and bear right at the brook. Do not cross the brook on that nasty looking pallet bridge. You will ride the side slope of the hill on some benched trail. Follow to the end.
Turn left onto the road and a quick right back to the parking area.

Advanced Loop:    17 Miles
Follow the intermediate loop ride description until you get to the junction of Carr Ridge and Cascade (marked with ####).Take a left on Cascade and follow the left side of the brook. When you come to a log bridge, cross it and continue up the hill to the next intersection. (The trail sign will say “Catamount Hill Trail” although other places it refers to “Cascade Trail”).

At the junction of Sentinel Pine, continue straight and follow to the next “T” intersection.
Cascade continues to the left to the summit of Catamount Hill. (The trail to the right is Short Cut. If you want to bail, take this trail back down to One Mile Trail and turn right). There is a short hike a bike section with lots of rock and boulders.

At the top, the trail continues to the right. It crosses over some granite slabs for a bit and then heads down. Use extreme caution! There are a few steep rocky sections. Go to the end, ignoring a trail intersection, along the smooth downhill section.

Turn right on to One Mile Trail (a dirt road). When you get to the log stairs on the right (Cascade Trail), follow the directions for the intermediate ride (marked with ******)

Another good intermediate ride starts from the hiker / biker parking lot. Some of the trails in this area are a lot of fun. Head over to Pitch Pine, Saltlick and Bobcat for a nice warm up Rolling double track will get the blood flowing. Continue over to Broken Boulder to step things up a bit. A little climbing never hurt anyone. Increase your output while you get those legs burning as you climb Bear Hill. Watch out for the red ant hills! On a hot day, a ride down Ferret to Bear Pond for a quick secluded swim is always refreshing. Get back in the groove with a fast trip down Hedgehog Ledge. The granite steps will gets the heart pumping. From Hayes Field, Carr Ridge brings you through the heart of the park. This rolling single track highlights what is best about the area. Natural rock features and a quick surface will test your skills. Heading back via the Bear Brook Trail takes advantage of previous trail work along the river. Nice benched trail shows what good trail work can produce. Finish your ride with a scream. Heading down Little Bear back to the parking lot, will always leave a smile on your face.


The "Mountain Bike" parking lot is up Podunk Rd. Allentown on the right.

From I-93:
Exit 9N onto Route 3/28 North and follow signs to Bear Brook State Park.

From I-95:
Route 4 West to Route 28 South and follow signs to Bear Brook State Park.

This ride is adapted from "Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire".
© Copyright 2005
By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
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Kona Bicycles MTB Adventure Ride at Bear Brook State Park


10/5/14 10:00am to 4:00pm

Come join the Southern New Hampshire chapter of NEMBA for the fun, while helping to save the trails in Bear Brook State Park!   There will be a one-mile kids/family loop,a 6-mile beginner loop, a 10-13 mile intermediate loop, and a 20-25 mile advanced loop.  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!

All the money raised by the Boogie goes directly to the park to rebuild and maintain the trails.

Riders can follow marked courses on their own at any time or take part in a led ride.

Led rides:  We'll have a beginner ride of about 6 miles, an intermediate about 12 miles, and an advanced about 25 miles.  All rides leave at 10 AM.

-There won't be any led family rides.

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 free with a registered parent or Guardian

Bear Brook State Park, located in Allenstown NH, offers over 30 miles of mountain biking trails from mellow woods roads to challenging single track.  In addition, the park offers camping (May – October) and a beach/swimming area.  Come explore the park while helping a good cause.  It’s a great way to spend the day and it’s a great place to ride!


Bear Brook has a wonderful campground, so come and make a weekend out of it! For reservations call 877-647-2757.  For more info on camping.


157 Deerfield Road, Allenstown, NH 03275 (look for Snowmobile Parking Lot)


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Bear Brook State Park


Southern NH

Southern NH

Beaver Brook

51 Proctor Hill Rd
Hollis  New Hampshire  03049
United States








Beaver Brook is a 2,000-acre parcel of land with over 35 miles of trails.  The Beaver Brook Association was started in 1964 with a small 12-acre parcel of land.  The association now owns land in Hollis, Brookline and Milford.  Beaver Brook is the true multi-use trail system.  There are trails for biking, hiking, skiing, and equestrians.  The trails are all very well marked and it is very important that you obey the signs that indicate the use of the trails.  All of the trails are open to hiking and skiing, but there are many trails where biking is not allowed.  The local mountain biking community has worked very hard to keep these trails open so please respect the signs and use only the designated trails for biking. Expect to find about 12 miles of really good riding at Beaver Brook.
The trails vary from rocky single track to wide fast double track.  Beaver Brook offers some nice climbs and racing descents as it travel through forests and along large wetlands. The terrain is not overly technical, but there are some good spots to stop and play. Beaver Brook is a great place for an easy roll, after work ride, or a weekend journey.  The maps on this page only show a few main loops that allow bikes.  For the other trails, check out the maps at the kiosk at the parking lot.

Trail Head:

51 Proctor Hill RD
There are numerous ways to get to Route 130 depending on where you are coming from.  The center of Hollis connects Route 122, Route 111, and Route 130.  From the center of Hollis, head west on Route 130. Go less than 2 miles. Park on the left, in the dirt lot across from a large building.

By Peter DeSantis & Beth Woodbury
Taken from their book
Get out and Mountain Bike! Southern New Hampshire.
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Southern NH


1 Gregg Rd
Nashua  New Hampshire  03062
United States








Yudicky Park is a unique place to ride.  You'll find some of the best singletracks that you've ever ridden here. Yudicky is just one part of the Nashua Conservation Commission's Southwest Trails Project.

Yudicky's trails offer a variety of challenges you will not find anywhere else in southern New Hampshire.  The trails on the south side of the road are tight, twisting, technical singletracks with a variety of ramps and teeter-totters.  These are the hardest and most technical trails in the park.  On the north side of the road, the trails are singletracks with roots, rocks, and logs.  While some of  the newer ones have a lot of bermed corners. A few favorite of these new are Barbed Wire,Windego and Worm Hole.  

Southern NH NEMBA has worked tirelessly to make this trail network. Many traildays have been spent repairing, improving and constructing these trails and more are on the way.

However: The rule of thumb here is Don't simplify the trails. If a trail section is too difficult for you to ride, Don't "improve" the trail so that you can ride it. Instead Improve your skills until you can master the trails.

Remember: Every mountain bike comes equipped with a walker. Use yours when you can't ride something.

Some of Yudicky's trails are easily ridden at high speeds and are especially fun because of the infinite number of turns and almost complete lack of hills.  For the experienced rider who likes twisty challenges, Yudicky Park is highly recommended.

The town of Nashua recently acquired a number of conservation parcels that together form Nashua's Southwest Trails



On the south side of the road the trails back up to private property.  Please be respectful of the neighbors.  All of the parks trails are multi-use and ATVs are found on some of the trails, illegally, so keep your ears open.  The town's paved bicycle path also runs through here. Parts of this park are also a favorite place for hunters. Be sure to wear orange or bring a bell from late September to early December.




Get to the intersection of Gregg Rd and Groton Rd (Main Dunstable Rd) in Nasuha NH

From the South, take Exit 5 West off of Route 3 in Nashua, turn left at the first set of lights and continue onto Main-Dunstable Road (111A). Follow the rest of directions below.  

From the North, take Exit 5 West off of Route 3 in Nashua. Go straight at the light at the end of the ramp onto Main-Dunstable Road (111A). Drive about 4 miles, at the intersection of Gregg Rd and Groton Rd (Main Dunstable Rd) Turn right on to the paved road on the right of the ball field. Drive to the end and park in the lot on the left.


More riding?


1000 yards from Yudicky there is a vast area of conservation land extending south into Massachusetts. It’s made up of Fletcher Pond which is part of the Dunstable Rural Land Trust and Flat Rock Hill. Head west from the parking lot at Yudicky on Groton Rd until you see a pile of boulders blocking an old road leading into the woods on your left. Follow the obvious trail in.


By Peter DeSantis and Beth Woodbury & Others

Taken from their book "Get out and Mountain Bike!Southern New Hampshire"


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Ride Like a Girl Program Supports Women's Organization

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ride Like A Girl would like to thank all of its NEMBA volunteers and clinic participants, as well as Back Bay Bicycles, Highland Mountain Bike Park, Hub Cycles, Jett Apparel, JRA Cycles, SRAM, and Wheelworks  for helping to raise $1,000.00 for the Elizabeth Stone House Wilderness Heals Hike. The donation in turn helped to offset the cost of the fundraiser hike which resulted in $20,000 in pledges going directly to the families in need! (A special thanks to Claire Grimble for keeping track of the funds!!) Be sure to keep an eye out for new Ride Like A Girl / ESH fundraiser products in the season to come, thank you for helping us help others!

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Becoming a Mountain Bike Instructor

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

" I am a pro downhiller", said Elinor , a tall athletic blond.

" I have a fitness and mountain bike skills business, " said another very fit looking woman.

"I investigate traffic accidents involving bikes, " said Paul, who had arrived at the class on a motorcycle with a bike hung on the back.

" I race in the Cat 1 mountain bike class.." and so on as each of the eleven participants introduced themselves, including  the bike shop guys, who live and breathe bikes. Mike Ahearn, the organizer introduced himself as the manager of Ridgefield Bicycle Company , a mountain bike racer, trail builder, and a board member of Fairfield Country New England Mountain Biking Association. He is the one who brought us all together.

Now it was  my turn.

"Uh, I am totally non-competitive. I've never raced in my life. I am taking this course to teach beginners."

Gale and Derrick, the instructors, as always were professional, and smiled serenely as they assigned another chapter of the manual to be read by tomorrow at 9am. It was already 8 pm and we still hadn't gone out to dinner! Luckily a burger and beer place was a couple of hundred yards from the bike store.


The first thing the next morning , one person asked " Do I need to use the flats?"

The long and short answer to that, and Derrick  said with another of those grins was "yes."  

I had already resigned myself to the flats and had practiced some with them, but had been unable to do a rear wheel lift.  I was a bit apprehensive.

The group was bonding and the jokes were flying.  But Gale and Derrick kept us on track and attentive.


Round and round the wheel goes and so did we as we practiced our turns.  Right turns and then left turns. I was always stronger on the right turn, but with a slight correction, the left turns came easier.  I hadn't expected that. I was here to learn to teach others, but improving my own skills was a great extra benefit.  
Gale , the instructor from Utah, brought some of that desert weather with her.  Dry and warm during the day, crystal clear skies, and cool nights, made for excellent biking.   Gale, a five-foot tall dirt jumper, sure kept us moving.  We broke into groups for skills, demos, and very brief tours.  To practice our guiding skills, we did the grand tour of Ridgebury School, complete with playground and parking lot.

First it was  Ray's turn to be leader . He did a safety talk  and reviewed the IMBA rules of the trail before riding.  After riding a few minutes he  stopped, did a head count, and checked to be sure the bikes and the participants on the ride were ready to continue the tour.  After counting heads, Ray realized Marjorie was missing. "Oh , no! Everyone stay where you are, and I will go and find Marjorie."  Fortunately, Marjorie was fine, having stopped to look at the lake.  That was an easy scenario, and the instructors challenged us throughout the four days with many other scenarios that could happen while guiding a ride.


After learning how to teach the skills, it was our turn to teach. Wow.  Gale assigned the skills. I had to teach braking. I practiced in the road in front of my house, and awoke at the crack of dawn to practice some more.  I also had to study the Ten Essential Skills, which would not stay in my head no matter what I did. Then the light bulb turned on. It was all about the bike. I drew a bike and assigned one of the skills to each part of the bike. Now I had it!  And I could do the skills on the bike too.  

At the end of day the day some of the folks were headed out for a ride. I was too tired and hungry to ride and besides I had more studying to do to prep for another demo and for the written test.


Ah, the big day! We rode on yellow lines for skinnies, and curbs for roll overs.  We dismounted on inclines and declines.  We turned to the left ( I am not quite sure what happened to the right turn) . We shifted on the front derailleur and shifted on the back derailleur.  And we took many mini tours on the Ridgebury Semi - Singletrack Loop. This was excellent preparation for us to teach and guide others, which is so important.  

Mountain biking can have a very steep learning curve, especially in the Northeast. We have very few beginner single tracks in the land of roots and rocks. Introducing beginners to single track with a few skills and a good guide will help bring more folks into the sport. Building more trails with progressive skill levels is much needed, too.  If more people can enjoy the sport and become advocates for more trails and for our forests and open spaces, it's all good. And so the wheels go round and round.  


The big day arrived.  Ridgefield Bicycle Company, the Parks and Rec of Ridgefield, and the FCNEMBA instructors sponsored a one day mountain bike camp.  Sixteen boys  ages 8-14 showed up on quite a variety of bikes.  None of us were quite sure how this would go, but everyone had a great time.  Brendan, an 8 year old BMX hot shot won the slow race.  A slow race is great fun to participate in and to watch.  All the groups rode around the awesome new beginner singletrack  built by FCNEMBA and some local high school students.


 I need to get used to clipless pedals again, but maybe I'll just stay with the flats.

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Southern NH

Southern NH NEMBA rides and takes care of trails from the seacoast to Nashua to Concord. Our key parks for riding and volunteering are Bear Brook SP, Yudicky, Pawtuckaway SP, Mine Falls and Musquash. We work to create positive partnerships with land managers and put on many riding and trail care events throughout our region.

Come ride with us and help us make southern New Hampshire a great place to mountain bike!