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    Night riding

    It's technically illegal most places right?

    I assume thought your mostly good if you park away from lots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedmasta View Post
    It's technically illegal most places right?

    I assume thought your mostly good if you park away from lots?
    it's illegal where it's illegal. how simple is that ?
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    Yeah. In my experience riding in MA, most all parks and woodlands close shortly after sunset. It's usually posted on signs at trailheads and on the website, which can be tricky to find. I do know riders who do it and get away with it, but IMO that's not a good idea. There're more opportunities in western MA.
    What, me worry?

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    one example. One single daytime ride I do all the time covers three towns.

    Chelmsford: sunrise to sunset in town conservation lands, except as posted...but the page for Russell Mill specifically doesn't mention night use

    Billerica, all trails... Billerica SF/Gilson Hill, sunrise to sunset.

    Carlisle, all trail night use by permit only. Daytime groups of 8 or more by permit only.

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    So, it varies. You must consult the DCR rules and each town rules if you want to jam legally.

    Use the MUPS if you need to ride at night. Get a permit otherwise. That is all that can be recommended here on MTBR.

    Do people just ride at night anyway ? I don't know never went out illegally at night to check it out, I stay on the MUPS
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    Depends on the rules for the property. DCR, state, town, and conservation areas all have different usages. Thinking some discrete usage and parking would go a long way.

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    what's the issue, vampires?

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    Just go ride, I don't know anyplace in greater western mass that has ever hassled night riders, or night hikers, or night runners, or night dog walkers.... though maybe keep a bit more on the DL and refrain from listing your favorite night rides by name.

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    don't go to fells cops will chase you there if they get told yer in there at dark by karen

    anywhere else have not heard any cop stories, just fells
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    Add Blue Hills to the list - They have cracked down on parking in the main lots at night. State Police warned our group not to park after dusk. He was OK on us riding if there's a group. If your a frequent rider there, theres "safe" lots to park and ride.

    Our group rule of thumb, "Enter and exit the lots like a mouse, no gathering, partying - Ride In/Ride Out then get the F out"

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedmasta View Post
    It's technically illegal most places right?

    I assume thought your mostly good if you park away from lots?
    that's news to ignorant me and I've been doing it 1.5+ decades. Guess I live in a good area.

    have heard all kinds of horror stories about the Fells. day night mud winter karen & terry. too bad .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dang View Post
    that's news to ignorant me and I've been doing it 1.5+ decades. Guess I live in a good area.

    have heard all kinds of horror stories about the Fells. day night mud winter karen & terry. too bad .
    I assume Karen from the Fells is the person who's dog craps all over the trail but she doesn't think she needs to share the trail with bikers and is always trying to get us removed. But who's Terry from the Fells?

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    Wompy

    No issues in Wompatuck. You can park right at the Visitor Center and ride. At night.
    My name is Chris and I ride a Ripmo now.

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    Wompatuck website says park hours are sunrise to sunset. They do have overnight camping in designated sites. IDK how all that figures in with night right riding. I never rode there. Probably best to stay away from residential back yards that might back up to the perimeter park.
    What, me worry?

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