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Forge Park (Franklin State Park)

Average Rating:    (3.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Single and double track, muddy, smmoth, and rooty and rocky
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Latitude
42.07669286193971
Longitude
-71.43619537353516
Trail Directions
In Franklin, right off 495. Next to the YMCA. (Check www.nemba.org for detailed directions)
Trail Length
15-20 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Franklin
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Review Date
September 8, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: TredH20 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My wife and I are still pretty new at mountain biking, and we figured we weren't ready for Vietnam just yet. So we took a trip to Forge Park (Franklin State Park)to give it a go. We were able to park in the YMCA parking lot and head onto the powerline trail from there. THere are trails to the right and to the left of the powerlines. We opted to try our hand at the trails on the right hand side. Much to our disappointment...there were dirt bikers everywhere...and even more dirt bike ruts. Nice ones. Four feet deep. Needless to say...we got off that trail quickly.

We headed back up to the powerlines and took the trail to the left. Immediately we spotted signs prohibting offroad, motorized vehicles. These trails were much nicer. Some really rocky sections tested our beginner skills.

We only ran into a few people on this side, some other bikers and a couple of hikers with a dog. It was pretty quiet, and made for a nice ride. Also it looks like you can park out on a side street where there is an entrance to Franklin State Park...so you don't have to drive all the way up Forge Hill Road. We look forward to getting out there again soon.

Recommended Route:
Stay away from the right side trails...dirt bikers have ruined the trails there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not many...Choate Park in Medway?



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Review Date
June 23, 2004

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: knuckleslammer ,  Racer

Summary:
DIRT BIKE AS*HOLES HAVE RUINED THIS PLACE AND MADE SO MANY RUTS THAT IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO RIDE AND WILL NEVER DRY OUT. AS**OLES

Recommended Route:
RIGHT THE F U C K PAST FRANKLIN



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Review Date
September 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Trackah ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great place for a ride taking a couple of hours. Not many people out on these trails. The trails are in good shape with some eroded areas from motorcycles, but for the most part in good shape. There are some muddy sections, but some new looking bridges seem to span the worst spots. I enjoyed my two rides there and hope to come back soon.

The area is fairly flat so I didn't find any killer up hills or puckering down hills, but the area rolls enough for some fun riding. The single track winds all over the place through nice stands of conifers and deciduous trees. The riding isn't very technical, but very interesting and the loose sand and rock mix makes for some challenges in a few spots.

The motorcyclists I met were all pretty cool and enjoying their rides.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wrentham SF close by is more technical and also fairly empty. Foxboro is another good local ride.



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Review Date
April 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Shawn Austin , from Milford

Summary:
Franklin is a great place to ride because it can please a variety of riders. It is not super technical, but with the berms and terrain its a great place to hammer and have fun. There's enough room to get around almost every obstacle for the beginner, and there's not any real climbing to discourage those that aren't in prime shape. Also, most of the single tracks are pretty long and un-interrupted by intersections, so the faster people in the group can speed along for long periods without worry of losing slower riders, and then either wait for them or back-track to meet back up with them. It can get muddy, but usually the mud isn't too greasy. It's definitely better in the drier months, though.

Recommended Route:
Explore the single track. The whole area is bordered by roads and stuff, so it is pretty hard to get completely lost. If you don't find yourself riding at high speeds on bermed trails, you've picked the wrong route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
vietnam, Foxboro, Groton, Lynn Woods



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Review Date
June 2, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Nikki , from Uxbridge, MA

Summary:
In the summer a group of us ride here every Sunday. This place rocks if you know where you are going. There is some sweet single track at the beginning, on the right. It gets muddy a lot...but I like looking like a mud monster. There are some big puddles too, which can be nice on a hot, humid summer day. There is this big, steep rock out on one of the trails (I can't remember exactly where). You can try to ride up it...i think you have to go something like from left to right or else you'll never make it up it. It's fun to ride down too but if you want to bypass it there is a trail to the side of the rock.

Recommended Route:
Start at the YMCA under the high tension wires

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Goat Hill and King Phillips Rock in Uxbridge/Northbridge, Vietnam, West Hill Dam in Uxbridge



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