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Bradley Palmer State Park

Average Rating:    (3.08 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 13

Ive only been here once so far but the riding was excellent and the trails are extensive. The trails are mostly wide single or double track that occasionally intersect with paved or gravel paths. All are well traveled, marked and maintained. There are multiple trailheads but the main entrance and parking area are clearly marked from Rt1. Beware of NO PARKING signs. I here they love to write tickets there. The trails range from beginner to moderately advance. I didnt come across anything that was a serious technical challenge, no major climbs or descents but still plenty of fun to be had. Youll come across lots of pedestrians around the major trailheads so stay alert. Once you get deep into the trail system though youll probably only see other riders.
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Latitude
42.64974303928817
Longitude
-70.8973503112793
Trail Directions
Rte. 1 to Topsfield, right on Ipswich Rd., Right on Asbury St. Follow the big brown signs.
Trail Length
many miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Topsfield
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Review Date
November 23, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: RideFaster ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Mostly doubletrack/fire road with some technical signletrack. I like to ride here because it is fast and you don't have to worry about going over the bars. It is just a nice, relaxing place to have fun with your bike agian. Many intersections and trails. But, almost all trails are very short, so unless you know where you're going, you may have to use the map a lot. BUT BE WARNED! There is horse sh!+ all over the place...be prepaired to eat some while bombing down a hill.

I'm a freerider and an XC racer, but I still like the place. No jumps, very little tech. difficulty, but it is fun.

Not all people like this place, but I just love it!

Recommended Route:
Start out on the paved road. Many trails off of that.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harold Parker. Gordon Collage. Lynn Woods. Breakheart. B+T's.......
Too many trails...



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Review Date
June 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Luke , from Malden MA

Summary:
This is the first time I had ridden Bradley Palmer, and probably will be the last. The day I went was the first sunny day after 2-3 days of rain and made a lot of the trails impossible to pass due to the muddy conditions. This is a popular park for horseback riding and the horses have ripped up the dirt to make thick, gooey mud with the amount of rain that we have had lately. Once I found a single track trail off of the beaten path, it was fun for about 2 seconds until I got to the end of it. Seems like the only single tracks are quite short between the wider fire roads and horse trails. It only took me 45 minutes or so to ride from the main lot through the woods, up to this Blueberry Hill or whatever its called, down to the Ipswich River (which was INFESTED with mosquitoes) and back to the main lot. So, an hour later I packed my bike back up the on the Jeep and got out of there. This joint could have been better if it wasnt as wet, and the single track was longer. Maybe I will try it again if it ever drys out around here, but probably not. Im giving it 2 wheelies because of the conditions, could have given it a 3

Recommended Route:
Any, its a small joint

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Fells, Lynn Woods, yadda yadda...



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Review Date
November 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
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Reviewed by: Mike Shea

Summary:
I gave this trail two stars out of five. See my detailed review for this and other trails along with my GPS-generated maps at http://24.147.58.236/sheahome



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Review Date
October 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jon , from gloucester

Summary:
today i went to this park, i got up early figuring i was goin to be the first one there, nope there were aleady about 2 dozen horses. the trails were fair and around the ipswich river the view was nice and the trail singled out a bit but every where i went you could drive a full size chevy, not much for a single track, but i also did not have a chance to explore too deep in the park, i started here and road the river to willowdale across ipswich rd. i started following the pink marked trail and got kinda bored after a bit and checked my map for the way back. i would ride this again because it is hard to believe that in all this land there are no good hills, drops and tight singletrack.

Recommended Route:
anyway the trails all look the same

Other recommended trails in the same area:
fernwood lake, ravenswood park, lynn woods, willowdale, b&t's excellant adventure, beverly farms piggery,



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Review Date
August 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: BRY , from everywhere

Summary:
This can be a fast and fun ride! Look hard for the singletrack but it is there. There are mainly wide bridal paths. It pays to explore. At the gated end of the paved rode(opposite end from the parking lot)take a right and look for the Pingree School on your left. Follow the road in and around to the right on to a grassy singletrack. Follow this trail and cross a paved road or two until you come to the entrance to the Grass Trails. These are wide grass covered trails with a narrow strip of earth down the center. Very Fast!! You will come to a 5 spoked intersection with a large Granite monument in the center. Beam me up scotty! If you go straight through and climb the steep hill to the field beyond look to the left and the will be an identical 10'stone monument in the field. This is a cool place to burn one. Although not too technical this is a sweet ride. Get Out There!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Willowdale



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