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Great Brook Park

Average Rating:    (3.92 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

Many trails, some advanced terrian, but lots of beginer stuff too. Lot's of good rooty, rocky single track. I've been riding there for 10 years and I never get board.
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Latitude
42.529167
Longitude
-71.35
Trail Directions
Trail Length
miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Carlisle/Chelmsford
   


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Review Date
September 24, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: danhasdrums ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a fun place to ride with lots to explore and a good selection of varied terrain. There are the standard roots that are all over New England and some decent rock sections that can throw you off of your pace. There are wide fire roads with some small rocks and roots that work well for beginners that will guide you around the park. From the main fire roads (Pine Point Loop) there are several trails that branch off that are fairly well marked. The loops that I currently ride most often are Garrison, Deer Run, Tophet and then I end up getting lost about every time I ride there to find new terrain.

Recommended Route:
I ride in from the Minuteman so I end up riding through Greenough Forest and then onto Maple Rd. where I make a right up Ice Pond Rd. There is an entrance to Great Brook off of that road and that particular lead in trail offers a fun ride. When I reach Pine Point, I make a right and head continue until I reach the road, cross the road, continue on Pine Point and then eventually make a right on Garrison loop. From here I meet up with Deer Run and take that until I meet up with a wide fire road and from there I tend to make up the rest of the ride until I find my way to the parking area where I pee. Then I head out just left of the parking lot, cross the road and take Pine Point to Tophet Loop. If I'm feeling good, I'll head back up Heartbreak Ridge and if I'm tired, I'll leave the park at the end of Tophet by making a left and getting back to Maple Rd.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Fells, Landlocked Forest



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Review Date
October 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: justin ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Awesome place to ride for the day. Has good terrain like indian hill and heartbreak ridge and tophet loop.. some technical hills that really get your heart pumping. I went at least 3 times a week this summer and it never got old. There is a large variety singletrack. Only a few intense trails 2-3, but it keeps me busy for about 1-3 hours during the summer

Recommended Route:
stone row to indian hill to heartbreak ridge/tophet loop to beaver loop, and then i ride home (i live through the woods into the chelms. farms)



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Review Date
July 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jon ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is an update to my earlier post and also a semi-response to Ray, who sent me an email but unfortunately all my replies to his Yahoo account bounced. I am still riding GBF frequently and still enjoying it a lot. If you prefer Vietnam or Lynnn Woods type stunts, drop-offs, jumping off large boulders, etc. then you may not appreciate GBF for other than some of its more challenging terrain such as Stone Row or Beaver Loop or the short but sweet downhills over at Indian Hill. GBF does, however, have enough varied terrain and single track to let you string together a nice 1 to 2-hour ride that will leave you smiling when it's over. For a 40-something solid intermediate XC rider like me it's perfect and beginners will also enjoy it particularly if they stick to the main loops such as Pine Point, which I rode with my wife and 2 daughters last fall at NEMBAfest. I give it a 4 in terms of aerobic difficulty because I always get a great workout there even though it is not really that "mountaineous" and also a 4 in terms of technical difficulty since it is a notch below places like 'Nam and Lynn Woods, although it's certainly challenging enough for me. Overall, though, I give it a 5 because it's a really well maintained park that is friendly to mountain bikers and gives me a satisfying ride every time I go there. One other update --- there is now a small parking fee at GBF - $2 per day or $35 per year if you're a MA resident. The fee helps pay for the upkeep of the park in the wake of state budget cuts. There is a "kiosk on a pole" where you pay or you can go to the ranger's office. If you don't pay, you'll get a little yellow slip in your windshield the first couple of times. Beyond that I can't say since I went ahead and bought the yearly pass. Ray if you would still like to get in touch, try me again at the same email, but please use an account that I can respond to. If you're interested in riding, I'd be up for that too.

Recommended Route:
My favorites are Indian Hill (rocky downhill with a couple of different routes you can take), Beaver Loop (rooty and undulating), Keyes Loop (twisty with some nice stone obstacles), Stone Row (for improving intermediates to advanced), Hearbreak Ridge/Tophet Loop (varied), and Maple Ridge (off-camber roots make climbing a challenge). There is still plenty here that I have not yet had the chance to ride but hopefully will in the near future.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Callahan State Park, especially the Marlborough Side



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Review Date
May 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Brian , from Worcester, MA

Summary:
A great place with some technical riding but mostly XC stuff. This a place well suited for beginners, but also has enough interesting stuff to keep intermediate/advanced riders happy. NEMBA does a very good job maintaining this park. The trails are all in top condition.

Recommended Route:
Park near the Ice Cream Shop/Petting zoo. Enter to the left of the petting zoo and make your first 3 rights. You'll cross a small bridge on a wide trail. Indian Hill and Stone Row will be two trails you don't want to miss and they're left in the woods after that bridge.
There looks to be a new trails called 'Keyes Loop' near the big pond. Its tight winding and has some great stone obsticles. Very cool.



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Review Date
October 16, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jon , from Framingham, MA

Summary:
I've been riding at Great Brook Farms 2-3 times a week all summer long and now into the fall with a group of co-workers and other friends and it is always a blast. There is a lot of natural beauty at GBF (ponds, corn fields, swamps, meadows, etc.) and also pretty good wildlife. One of the aspects of GBF I find enjoyable is how all of the various loops end up depositing you back onto the main trail where you can catch a breather, have some water, and reflect on the fun ride you just had before moving on to the next section. Also, as others have previously stated, the people here we've met (as well as their dogs!) have been very friendly. The Indian Hill area provides a variety of challenging climbs or downhills (depending on which direction you are riding) as well as one of the entry points to the very challenging Stone Row. Down the back of Indian Hill there is a short downhill over some loose stuff and over (or sometimes through) a stream, then if you continue to follow the wide path to the left, you'll find two twisty and rooty (and sometimes rocky) singletrack sections that will (as I mentioned) deposit you back out into the main trail. Beaver Loop is a short, rolling, and somewhat challenging rooty trail with interesting lines and a couple of good bunny-hopping-over-log opportunities towards the end. As of August 02 there is a brand new piece of singletrack that winds its way through the woods and over a few cool rock formations that vary along the degree-of-difficulty meter in terms of getting up and over them. Hats off to the NEMBA folks who built this beauty! Finally, Heartbreak Ridge is a combo switchback-to-rocky ledge that leads to the popular and twisty Tophet Loop with it's ever-present roots and signature wooden bridge. If you enter Tophet at the left-facing entrance, the last section is a rollicking bit of doubletrack that will have you pumping as fast as you can while you and your fellow riders try and pass one another. Then back along Heartbreak Ridge, through the switchback again (slow through that first hairpin on the downhill!) and back home. There are still some sections of GBF that I haven't ridden, and others that I didn't mention here, but if you are a solid intermediate-type rider like me, I think you will really like this track!

Recommended Route:
Indian Hill (multiple routes), over or through the stream to a couple of fun singletrack loops, on to Beaver Loop, then to the new twisty singletrack loop, finish up with Heartbreak Ridge/Tophet Loop and back to the parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Callahan State Park (another good intermediate area) in Framingham



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