Rocky Woods, Taunton
Rocky Woods is best described as Rocky Woods.
Rocky Woods in Taunton has over 30 miles of tight, twisty fairly technical singletrack.
There are far too many trails to ride in one day. Some of the trails can be muddy and a few are overgrown with vegetation. While some others have disappeared due to under-use. You can ride here all year long save for the early spring when many of the trails will be too muddy. Rocky Woods is also home to some good rock climbing.
It would be very easy to get lost in Rocky Woods but some of the trails are marked. Whike others still have arrpws from a recent off-road motorcycle event. While most of the trails are singletracks you'll find a few old woods roads too. These are open to four wheel drive vehicles and some are as difficult to ride as singletracks. If you follow them out to local streets you'll get an idea of just how big this area is. One of the jeep roads leads to what is best described as a pump track for 4WDs. It's fun on bikes too.
Expect to spend more than a few days finding all the trails here. And bring a copy of this map. It will help a lot.
The trails are not easy. But if you like challenges you'll find them here. Occasionally you'll even find yourself riding over Puddin' Stone, (congealed molten ava) a rarity in SE Mass.
The singletracks here were in large part made by motorcyclists. Expect to see them out on the trails.
From Taunton Center head west on route 44. Head north on North walke rstreet to Rocky Woods Street. Where the paved road turns to dirt there's limited parking. Alternatively park about 3/4 mile west of that at Range Ave. Head up Range Ave and Your first intersection will be with the Western end of Rocky Woods Ave. it looks like a degrading dirt road that looks like a trail. But it's still a road.
By Bill Boles