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    Novice Singletrack Near Boston

    I will be in Boston for a few days and looking for some fun singletrack within an hour of the city. My girlfriend is beginner and I don't want to take her anywhere like Vietnam. My original plan is to take her to Trail Of Tears but that is a little farther than i want to drive.

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    Maybe take a look at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. I'm not sure exactly how to judge "novice" but the trails in there are fun, varied, and extensive. There are lots more places within an hour of Boston that I'm not familiar with that I'm sure others will recommend.

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    Willowdale State Forest, Topsfield
    Lots of single-track and double-track, without tons of roots and rocks.

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    I'd go to Great Brook Farm State park. Easier than willowdale, IMO, though Willowdale ain't a bad choice. They have a range of singletracks from easy to intermediate, plus tons of doubletrack.
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    Adams Farm in Walpole. Fun, twisty single track without a lot of elevation.

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    I second Adams Farm. Extreme fun. How about the Landlocked Forest in Burlington/Lexington?


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    Landlocked has a mix, but it's definitely on the rocky side. Fun, for sure, but I'd slot it solidly in intermediate as a whole. GB or Willowdale are far easier, and Adams Farm is a ton of fun and not very technical as well.

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    Add Georgetown Rowley and yudicky farm to the list

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    The Western Greenway trail in Belmont is pretty and fairly mellow.

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    I've been to Russell Mill once and I found it has a great mix of trails that focus on different aspects of riding. Wild Turkey (blazed orange?) is a lot of fun with swooping banked turns.

    The Western Greenway is a great out and back trail that is well packed. There are many smaller trail systems inside Beaver Brook North including an easy climb up Mackerel Hill to the water tower. Look for the single-track that snakes up the hill near the base. There are also several ways down from there. I like the trail that starts next to the water tower and goes around the back of the hill if you keep right. Short, but fun. The trail system continues if you go across Mill St. to Lone Tree Hill if you are looking for some more technical bits.

    Landlocked Forest is a great trail system that I wouldn't find too difficult, if not a bit rocky. There isn't a lot of elevation change.

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    I'd also suggest Landlocked Forest and Western Greenway (Rock Meadow). Also, Cutler Park is fun and pretty easy, as well as being very accessible right off 95.
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    x2 on Cutler. Mostly mellow trails, easy to navigate, easy to get to.
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