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Callahan State Park

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 27

XC single-trac. Very technical with many uphills and flats. There is a little downhill part on the Pipeline trail.
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Latitude
42.320985698648215
Longitude
-71.4715576171875
Trail Directions
Trail Length
14+
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Marlboro and Framingham
   


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Review Date
September 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Fitch ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Callahan has become my hometown after-work ride since moving to Framingham due to proximity. It’s a healthy mix of XC trails with lots of roots and small rocks, allowing you to give yourself a little more of a bumpy ride than some of the other nearby trails. The north side (Millwood St entrance) isn’t huge and doesn’t have too many big climbs; mostly hills with trails crossing them laterally. The south side (Edmunds Rd) is a much more technical challenge with big roots and some gnarly rocks on the trail, but this isn’t a place for drops. You can put together 2 hours of riding between the two for a great workout and ride miles, but it’s not really a “wow, definitely go ride there!” kind of locale.

Recommended Route:
Parking on Millwood St dumps you into the mix of trails quicker depending on which part of the field you enter. I’d recommend bearing left along the dam past the corn field, then roll left down the hill and climb up into the woods. Then get lost, eventually look at your map, and ride back to the car. Conversely, park at Edmunds Road and enter the trail on the right (Rocky Road) and, again, get lost, look at a map after awhile, and ride back.



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Review Date
February 10, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: gemper ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have ridden the South side of the park, south of Parameter/Edmunds road. I used the Pipeline trail to get in, and I must say I am glad I took that hill at the beginning instead of at the end. It will suck the wind right out of you.

The time I went there were a lot of hikers and dog walkers down near the dam. Once you got into the woods you saw other bikers.

Recommended Route:
Explore them all. Take a compass or GPS with back-tracking function and don't forget a trail map. Some trails are marked others are not. It is very easy for the first time rider to get confused and turned around. When I visited, I intended for a quick one or two hour ride. It ended up being almost three hours as a got twisted around and slightly lost. That is not a good thing to do when the clouds get dark and you hear thunder rumbling.



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Review Date
April 8, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: slayer94 ,  Downhiller

Summary:
This is one of the better places to take a decent ride around if you dont have all day. I prefer to ride the north or marlboro side on Edmunds Road. Theres alot of small side trails that will take you all over so you gotta be heads up of where your going. There is some quick downhill sections and a better one on part of the Bay Circuit Trail.

Recommended Route:
Both the North & South side are worth being explorer. Parking areas are on Millwood Street & Edmunds Road.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Vietnam



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Review Date
June 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Rob , from Medford

Summary:
As others have said this is a great place for a workout. Not very technical, not very hilly and not very big. Still I have been able to eek out a decent 12-mile loop that rarely runs the same trail twice. The most technical part of the park is the hill climb that takes you into Marlboro. It is narrow, has some off camber roots and plenty of rock. Once you get to the top of that hill and start descending take the sharp left up to the top of the hill again. It can be a burner but you will be rewarded with a gnarly but short downhill into the field. It is definitely better riding once you get past the "dog walkers" on the Millwood St. entrance. Since there are so many intersecting trails the best way to find a good route is to ride here with others who ride here frequently or do what I did and explore it on your own. I ride here twice a week as part of my overall cycling training and it's good for that. I would not plan a special trip to ride here though. If you are more than 45mins away or a hardcore rider you may want to consider other places that have more terrain. I give it 3 tires because it is good. Very good or excellent are a stretch. It offers a little of everything but not big enough or fun enough to want to spend a day with your friends riding.



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Review Date
May 23, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Harry , from Sudbury, MA, USA

Summary:
The Callahan park is perfect for a good workout and mildly entertaining technical stuff. Honestly its mostly rooty XC but its a nice place to go once in a while. I would say that Gibbs is teh most technical followed by the few DHs on teh marlboro side (which are past the powerlines over the dirt road). Try not to spend too much time attempting to stick to one trail as it is very difficult unless you're macgiver or something. No drops, slickrock or Lynn/Vietnam style stuff but worth the visit every time I'd say. I like it b/c its decent XC with some twists and is in rideable distance. I give it four because the roots can kind of hinder momentum (especially w/ a hardtail) because it is XC. I give it four because it is good for what it is supposed to be and not trying to be anything else.

Recommended Route:
Here's my route getting there: I have a four mile road ride to the bottom of a one mile climb to the top of Mt. Nobscot on Brimstone Lane in Sudbury off rt20. I then shoot down a fast singletrack DH and through that land quickly (Nobscot is a great place to ride also!!!) and out on to a residential street and onto edgell road where I take a right onto edmands road and a left onto winch street. I use the Millwood entrance. The ride to get there is just over eight miles. I take a left onto the fireroad until the dam and then shoot into the woods onto singletrack. I have to admit that its very easy to get lost in here. I have been riding here for almost three and a half years. What I usually do is ride my away around on the Fram side until I can find the Piepline which i go up and down a couple of times. I then cross edmands onto the marlboro side and I go up gibbs. Then I go down to the pond and here there are two choices. A: You can take the bay state circuit trail by a quick rigth and left or B: take a left which leads you to a few sweet downhills that are almost fun coming up. The marlboro side is easier to navigate if you enter the park from the formal Callahan State Park Marlboro Entrance. After finding my out I sometimes go onto the Parmenter-Sudbury resoivor trail which continues the bay state trail. After that I have a nice 14 mile road ride home. Its hard to say how much mileage there is in terms of trail riding but I usually use time as a reference anyway.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nobscot Mtn



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