Hopkinton State Park
Daily Parking Fee: $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle
Hopkinton State Park is located in the towns of Hopkinton and Ashland and includes the picturesque Hopkinton Reservoir. The 1,245 acre park offers a variety of year round recreational activities including 10 miles of multi-use marked trails. Public restrooms are available during the spring, summer and fall months. With a dam and spillway on the National Register of Historic Places, the reservoir was constructed in 1891-1894 as part of Boston’s second major water works project. Due to the pleasant scenery and plentiful amount of green space, mountain biking at Hopkinton SP depends on both your knowledge of the trails and how many people are there enjoying the trails.
Single track, double track, fire roads, and paved roads spider web throughout the park, offering roughly 10 miles of potential riding, and most of it would be considered beginner-friendly for New England riding. To truly experience Hopkinton SP, however, you need to link up with some local riders who can lead you through the areas north of the reservoir starting in Ashland and south/east of the dam, crossing Howe St., leaving the property, ending with a fast, pine forest descent down the Deer Run trail in Ashland. When looped together, a six-mile loop awaits you offering very fast and fun New England single track. With only a few climbs and minimal technical interference, beginners can enjoy the scenery while more experienced riders can open the throttle and put their skills to use.
Parking at Hopkinton SP is cash-only and can be shut down in the summer due to overflow, but the park is abutted by dozens of small lots and public access points around the perimeter.
The DCR's map shows most of the trails, but the Open Street Map above adds a few more.
–By Fitch Proctor