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    Name the top 10 places to ride in New England

    Name the top 10 places to ride in New England for technical riding and exploring.

    I take one mountain biking specific vaca every summer and would like to spend a few days somewhere new. So please scratch the following from the list... Lynn Woods (MA), Fort Rock (NH), Attitash (and the surrounding area in that part of NH) and Otis (MA).



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    Northeast Kingdom near Burke VT. Fellowshipofthewheel.com near Waitsfield VT.

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    Highland Mountian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doro
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    • Highland!!! - You don't have to go big to have fun. If you can ride Lynn Woods you can ride, and enjoy, Highland
    • Kingdom Trails - Yeah, must of the stuff is XC but it's fun XC not boring stuff. There's technical stuff on the mountain side, if your lucky enough to be there when it's not closed from rain. Definitely a fun weekend trip.
    • North Shore - B&T's Greenwood, Dogtown (guide recommended), etc. You don't get more tech than the North Shore.
    • Harold Parker - Lots of good stuff here but can be frustrating w/o a guide.
    • Vietnam - They've done some impressive work. You can get by w/o a guide but it's better to have one.
    • Mt. Aggy - Guide definitely needed. We tried a couple years back to figure it out and it sucked. We never found any of the good stuff.


    I've heard there is some killer stuff in Burlington, VT. We rode Millstone/Barre a few years back. I wasn't terribly impressed. Bromont in Canada is supposed to be amazing. I'm hitting that up this year. Sunday River has re-opened. I need to get there as well.
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    Once I have ridden everything I'll give you my list.

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    Depends on what kinda ride your in the mood for, IMO.....CF.

    School St.
    Lynn Woods.
    B&T's.
    Ft. Rock.
    Nam......

    Harold Parker (Love this place)
    Beverly.
    Bear Brook (Lots of fun)
    Otis.
    FOMBA.(Great fun for you and the kids.)

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    Some of my favs. in no particular order mostly vt:
    Perry hill/ waterbury , vt
    saxon hill and
    hinesburge town forest, vt (allFellowship trails around Girlington)
    Ward and Harold Parker, (childhood stomping grounds)
    Mt. A
    Bradbury
    Kingdom trails
    Millstone

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    I've got to pimp the Groton,MA area.Not for a vacation per say,but for a day trip so many options.Shorter tech rides,long feel-like-you've-gone-somewhere rides,long-tech-beat-you're-self-to-death rides.

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    Bachelor St. - Holyoke Range lotsa trail and its fun.

    More day trip type places...
    Trumbull (CT) for freeride
    Miller's Pond State Park (CT) for Skinny and Tech. happiness.

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    - Harold Parker
    - Foxboro SF
    - Great Brook
    - Fort Rock
    - Willowdale SF/Bradleypalmer/GeorgetownRowley
    - Bearbrook SP
    - Leominster SF
    - Dogtown in Cape Ann
    - Weston/Lincoln/Wayland town trails
    - Wompatuck SP

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    Get up to the Vermont Mountain Bike Festival if you can. July 17-18
    Did this last year and had a great time even though mother nature wasn't very cooperative.
    Event has guided rides by the locals at most of the best riding spots in Northern VT including Stowe, Waterbury, Waitsfield, Hinesburg and Millstone.
    http://www.vermontmountainbikefestival.com/

    Millstone is awesome... http://millstonetrails.com/
    You don't need a guide because they have a great map and signed trails so if you go to the festival go on the guided rides at Waterbury, Waitsfield or Hinesburg.

    Then depending on how long you're up there and how much riding you want to do you can
    hit Kingdom Trails, Catamount, etc.

    If you camp for the festival stay at Little River State Park... http://www.vtstateparks.com/htm/littleriver.cfm
    Great campground and it is right on a reservoir with a beach.

    Hope this helps!
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    3 musts

    Kingdom trails- great XC. Can do a nice 3 hour ride on darling hill side without too much uphill pedaling (except getting to sidewinder!) Great town and bike friendly atmosphere. I would drive 3hrs. each way to do day trips here

    Highland-absolutely essential! Started going there with an all mountain bike riding the super fun flowy green trails. ended up buying a dedicated DH rig for the rest. Lots of fun either way and this place really got me back into having fun on the bike.

    Harold parker-Not crowded, lots of trails-better with a guide but I ended up figuring the place out on my own. This is 10 minutes from my house so I go all the time. Great techy XC here.

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    Last summer I had an unplanned week of vacation so I spent the days hitting up spots in the Blackstone Valley area. Went out early, rode all day, came home and crashed. I would like to do the same thing this summer but incorporate some overnight camping.

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    OK I'll give it a shot. I think it would be impossible to rank them so I will just give a list of my favorites.

    Again in no particular order (except for KT it is by far the best I've ridden so far):

    KT
    FOMBA
    BCE
    Gloucester
    Vietnam
    Sutton
    Singletary
    Rayburn
    Ribbon Candy/Goat Hill
    Earl's
    B-Street
    Leominster
    Westminster
    Otis
    ToT
    Big River
    Arcadia
    Highland

    Notable places I haven't ridden yet (that I know of):
    Millstone Trails
    North Conway, NH
    Stowe, VT
    Harold Parker
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    Technical Riding and Exploring

    So long as you have some decent climbing legs, 3 days in the Pioneer Valley - Connecticut River Valley and environs will give you at sampling of world class rides.

    Batchelor Street - Techy as it gets with an XC flavor. The least climbing of the bunch.
    Earles - not technical riding, but it borders the Batch and gives a mellow start and or finish to your ride.
    Wendell State Forest - Plenty of Technical XC trails and enough climbing to make it a single ride day. The DCR map is more or less complete and accurate.
    The DAR State Forest in Goshen. West of the River plenty of intermediate rocky XC. A bit less climbing than Wendell, but rides similarly. Again, the DCR map is more or less complete and accurate.
    Only a few miles from the DAR and connected most of the way with Ashfield's Trails is Dubuque State Forest in Hawley (Guides required).
    The Pocomtuck Ridge from Deerfield to Gill - Rocky and varied. If you want to see everything find a local to help you around. The trails aren't mapped and are on mostly private land.
    Petersham Trails - as good as it gets anywhere. Again, mostly on private lands, find a local guide. They are usually stoked to share their stash and hold events occasionally.

    To this list I would travel north on I91 and I89 to Millstone if you want technical, and then east to either Vietnam or Harold Parker to complete your sampling.
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    i hear all kinds of stuff about otis but were is it
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    Quote Originally Posted by insanitylevel9
    i hear all kinds of stuff about otis but were is it
    Falmouth

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadrack
    Falmouth
    i gotta go there how do you get there from eastham
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    Quote Originally Posted by insanitylevel9
    i gotta go there how do you get there from eastham
    I did your homework for you so I hope you take the effort and go. Should take you under an hour to get there. The place is the bomb for roller coaster xc. I read it's sloppy there right now but the place drains well. Usually good riding all winter.

    1.
    Head south on Mid-Cape Hwy/US-6 W toward Wallace
    About 3 mins
    go 2.5 mi
    total 2.5 mi

    2.
    At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto US-6 W
    About 34 mins
    go 36.5 mi
    total 38.9 mi

    3.
    Exit onto Scenic Hwy/US-6 W toward Buzzards Bay
    Continue to follow US-6 W
    About 6 mins
    go 3.9 mi
    total 42.8 mi

    4.
    Take the MA-28 S/MA-25 W ramp to Falmouth the Islands/I-495
    go 0.1 mi
    total 43.0 mi
    Show: Text only | Map | Street View

    5.
    Keep right at the fork to continue toward MA-28 S and merge onto MA-28 S
    About 1 min
    go 0.7 mi
    total 43.7 mi

    This takes you to the Bourne Bridge, Buzzards Bay, MA‎

    Once over the bridge, there will be a rotary, and just follow 28 South towards Falmouth. Look for a Dunkin Donuts on the right. Take that right and park in the Hardware store lot. The entrance to the trails is across Rt28 and the trail is called "firecracker" check the map

    Alternate parking: follow 28 past the Dunkin Donuts and continue on through the rotary (stay on 28 second exit on rotary) follow to rt 151. take a left onto 151. and park in the dirt lot immediately on the left. (do not park too close to the woods as there have been break-ins there) the trail is the "hound and hare"
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    Wow that was a lot of work. You could have just posted a link or address.

    161 Nathan Ellis Hwy
    East Falmouth, MA 02536

    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...6a313d6a0ef435

    GPS Tracks:

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/2687955

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/2591641

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    Ain't no thing. Just a c&p from google directions and a c&p from ragemtb.com


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    Quote Originally Posted by Locoman
    I did your homework for you so I hope you take the effort and go. Should take you under an hour to get there. The place is the bomb for roller coaster xc. I read it's sloppy there right now but the place drains well. Usually good riding all winter.

    1.
    Head south on Mid-Cape Hwy/US-6 W toward Wallace
    About 3 mins
    go 2.5 mi
    total 2.5 mi

    2.
    At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto US-6 W
    About 34 mins
    go 36.5 mi
    total 38.9 mi

    3.
    Exit onto Scenic Hwy/US-6 W toward Buzzards Bay
    Continue to follow US-6 W
    About 6 mins
    go 3.9 mi
    total 42.8 mi

    4.
    Take the MA-28 S/MA-25 W ramp to Falmouth the Islands/I-495
    go 0.1 mi
    total 43.0 mi
    Show: Text only | Map | Street View

    5.
    Keep right at the fork to continue toward MA-28 S and merge onto MA-28 S
    About 1 min
    go 0.7 mi
    total 43.7 mi

    This takes you to the Bourne Bridge, Buzzards Bay, MA‎

    Once over the bridge, there will be a rotary, and just follow 28 South towards Falmouth. Look for a Dunkin Donuts on the right. Take that right and park in the Hardware store lot. The entrance to the trails is across Rt28 and the trail is called "firecracker" check the map

    Alternate parking: follow 28 past the Dunkin Donuts and continue on through the rotary (stay on 28 second exit on rotary) follow to rt 151. take a left onto 151. and park in the dirt lot immediately on the left. (do not park too close to the woods as there have been break-ins there) the trail is the "hound and hare"
    thank you so much you just saved me from another summer of road biking
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    for Otis I prefer to use the enterence @ 151& 28.

    as for my list , in no particular order

    - Kingdom Trails
    - FOMBA
    - Vietnam
    - Lynn
    - Case Mt ( outsied Hartford )
    - Highland
    - Youkin Ridge
    - Otis
    - Rayburn/Singletary
    - Blackstone canal ( and area , Badlands, Ribbon candy, West hill dam , Goat Hill , Wolf hill )
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    As someone who's still discovering NE trails, I probably haven't even ridden the best yet. That said, my current favorites are, in no particular order:

    Earls Trails
    F Gilbert Hills
    ToT
    Pine Hill Park (Rutland, VT)
    Ribbon Candy/Goat Hill

    Most of my picks tend toward flowy singletrack, and less toward the very technical . . .

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