Gordon College - Chebacco Woods
Gordon College, Chebacco Woods and surrounding conservation land hold a network of trails that are little known out of the area, but well loved by the locals, including the students at Gordon College. The trails in Chebacco Woods off Chebbaco Road are well defined mostly rolling doubletracks. They are great for families with kids on small bikes as there are only a few hills. Scenery abounds in both properties. And birdwatchers are advised to bring a camera.
The Gordon College trails vary from easy flat dirt roads to challenging singletracks. The dirt roads wind around a number of ponds and are quite scenic. They would be perfect for kids on small bikes or beginning riders. The singletracks pack quite a bit of elevation change into a very small area. They twist around through the woods and leave little time for passive contemplation.
A trail Map of the area is posted on the bulletin board at the trailhead in Gordon College.
For the Gordon College trails take exit 17 from route 128 and head north on Grapevine Road. Turn into the main entrance to the college on your right and follow the campus road to the trailhead at Coy Pond.
For Chebacco Woods take exit 17 from route 128 and head north on Grapevine Road. Go past the campus turn right on Route 22 (Rubbly Road). Bear right where Rubbly Road turns to Essex Street (still on Route 22). And then take your first right on Chebacco Road. As you get to Beck Pond, on your left, you'll see a couple of pullouts where you can park for Chebacco Woods.
By Bill Boles