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    Bear Hole (Springfield area)

    How is it riding here? I see a bit of information online, but nothing seems too current. Is it worth trying out?

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    Kind of depends what youíre looking for. There is some new single track on the south side of the mass pike. There will be more later this year & I suspect it will link up with whatís there now to make a pretty good loop. Whatís there now is all flat with little climbing.

    That said, itís fun to ride the single track then cross under the pike & head up on the east mountain ridge which is full of old doubletrack with plenty of rock gardens & climbing. Best to head up to the New England Trail (M&M trail) & ride that ridge to RT202, cross the road & continue following that to the parking area for Mt. Tom reservoir. The section of the NE trail between Westfield & Mt Tom is really fun & itís very rare that youíll see anybody out there hiking or biking.

    BH isnít in the top tier of pioneer valley trail networks but itís a fun place to explore & will definitely give you a workout if you head up to the ridges.
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    Resurrecting this thread since a lot of info on riding spots in the Springfield area seems old/not often updated, and its hard to get a good sense of the area from Trailforks.

    I'm moving into the area soon and looking to see what some of the more popular spots are that I can check out in the fall/what most people ride in terms of a bike (hardtails/full sus/amount of travel). Thanks!

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    Lots of good riding in this area. Robinson State Park in Agawam -fast, flowy, tight turning singletrack without a lot of elevation change. Ludlow has Facing Rock which is more technical cross country, a bit rocky & can beat you up a bit. In the Notch area, Granby & Amherst, 2 of the most popular trail networks, Batchelor St. & Earls respectively, offer a combined 35+ miles of great riding. There are more networks as you Head into the northern part of the area including DAR state forest in Ashfield, Dubuque sf in Hadley & Wendell sf up in Wendell.

    Not sure what youíll find in trailforks for these areas as I do t use it but Iím pretty sure Pioneer Valley NEMBA is doing a few local rides. Pretty sure they can be found on Facebook.

    Quote Originally Posted by LonelyDwarfProd. View Post
    Resurrecting this thread since a lot of info on riding spots in the Springfield area seems old/not often updated, and its hard to get a good sense of the area from Trailforks.

    I'm moving into the area soon and looking to see what some of the more popular spots are that I can check out in the fall/what most people ride in terms of a bike (hardtails/full sus/amount of travel). Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwarrior View Post
    Lots of good riding in this area. Robinson State Park in Agawam -fast, flowy, tight turning singletrack without a lot of elevation change. Ludlow has Facing Rock which is more technical cross country, a bit rocky & can beat you up a bit. In the Notch area, Granby & Amherst, 2 of the most popular trail networks, Batchelor St. & Earls respectively, offer a combined 35+ miles of great riding. There are more networks as you Head into the northern part of the area including DAR state forest in Ashfield, Dubuque sf in Hadley & Wendell sf up in Wendell.

    Not sure what youíll find in trailforks for these areas as I do t use it but Iím pretty sure Pioneer Valley NEMBA is doing a few local rides. Pretty sure they can be found on Facebook.
    This is helpful, thanks. Sounds like an aggressive hardtail or short-to-mid travel full suspension bike will work in the area, at least better than the rigid single speed I can get away with on my local trails now.

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