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Leominster State Forest

Average Rating:    (4.19 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 31

Fire roads and single track. NEMBA has done a great job with maintenance on some of the trails. Fairly fast single track with lotsa switchback action. Beginners tend to crash a lot here. Look for the trail behind the pond, it's kinda fun with some water hazards. Take a dip in the pond after the ride. Bring stuff for a barbecue. Make sure to conceal, oops I mean don't bring any alcohol into the park.
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Latitude
42.519181269065584
Longitude
-71.84234619140625
Trail Directions
From Boston head west on Rt 2 through Leominster to Route 31 Exit. Take a left at the end of the ramp and procede south on rt 31. Stop at the state forest building on your right and grab a trail map. Continue on Rt 31 past the main entrance, and the picnic area. You will see a ruddy dirt road entrance on your left. This is Parmenter road. Ride down parmenter road past the pond on your left. At the top of the hill take a left. Look for a trail into the woods on your right.
Trail Length
8-12 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Leominster
   


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Review Date
June 20, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Mike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'll keep it short since I accidentally deleted my lengthy post by hitting the wrong button. Smooth single track, windy through new england forest. The trails actually lead somewhere, whereas other places that are more cramped the trails switch back and forth and feel artificial.

Some nice drop and climbs, I really love doing those. Not as much technical stuff, which is fine because I have a hardtail and hate technicals.

Recommended Route:
Go to the wolfs rd trail and explore in the NE section of the park for smooth trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
rayburn



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Review Date
May 19, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Marleyofzion ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This place seems to be a work in progress, as I have ridden a couple no-so-beaten trails that awkwardly turn here and there with no clue what direction they should be going. Besides these mentionables, this state forest offers a deep beauty I've rarely had the pleasure of riding. The fire roads, though typical of any state park, penetrate the vast interior that is bespeckled with ponds, pine forests, and trails extensively fringed with blueberry and sweetfern. It feels very wild for mass. The singletracks I did ride, both near the main entrance and near the northwestern corner of the park (upper left quadrant of map) were fairly smooth, tight and fast and certainly fun. NEMBA performed some interesting trailwork that made me audibly emit sounds while riding the trail. Having been biking aggressively for 12 years now in the area, I can surly say this place is a keeper.

Recommended Route:
Eh read above. I'm sure everything is nice.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Meh



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Review Date
September 17, 2008

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: MAFISHER ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Not the smoothest ride overall, but a pretty diverse set of trail types. I have been through just about all the park and continue to find new routes and combinations. It is classic New England terrain, but is large enough to keep you interested for a long while.

Get a trail map and stay to the eastern side of the park (fire road). These trails are most oriented to bikes, although just out the unmarked parking lot is a series of trails that are worth a spin through on the way in or out.

Lots of climbing and a mixture of quick downhills and rough slower crawls through some rocky terrain. It will overall keep your fitness level challenged and your eyes wide open.

Recommended Route:
Head out the unmarked parking lot near mile marker 43 and up the fire road. Turn right onto Rocky Pond...then left at the first trailhead. It is a short whip through that rolls and turns through some fast trails. It brings you back to the fire road. Head up and over the summit until you come to Fenton Road. Just before Fenton look to the right and you will see a trailhead in some cut down trees. Follow to the end and then cut across. This brings you near mamoth brook. Anyway you follow through is fun, but keep turning left and eventually you will end up back on Parmeter or Fenton. Head back to the fireroad and then down Hell's highway to Wolf Road Road. Follow the signs to the Wolf's Den and then follow the ledge to the far end. Enter the trail downward. It winds and turns for a bit through some really rocky areas and some pine forested single track. At the end ride over the stone wall and turn left. The final spot to visit is the park area at the south end of paradise alley. There are some small pits and jumps. If you can head down from the Wolf's Den, it is a steep rocky ride down, but has a quick trail that leads to the park.



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Review Date
May 4, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Braunstein Freres ,  Downhiller

Summary:
There's a decent assortment of trails here though most are fairly beginner level and some are hikers only. Network crosses a dirt road where an old fire trail provides some length. There are some decent drops nearer to the water where I saw a bunch of trout rising...The park provides decent enough technical riding, but not enough downhill for to keep this guy interested. All in all Leominster State Park can be crowded at the worst of times (see weekends) and a decent workout at the best of times.

Recommended Route:
From Boston head west on Rt 2 through Leominster to Route 31 Exit. Take a left at the end of the ramp and procede south on rt 31. Stop at the state forest building on your right and grab a trail map. Continue on Rt 31 past the main entrance, and the picnic area. You will see a ruddy dirt road entrance on your left. This is Parmenter road. Ride down parmenter road past the pond on your left. At the top of the hill take a left. Look for a trail into the woods on your right



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Review Date
June 6, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: SpecialK ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
A few friends and I rode here yesterday for the first time in about a year and took the time to explore. It was well worth it. There is some tremendous New England Style singletrack in there. Rocky, rooty and full of obstacles to suprise you around every corner. NEMBA has also done a terrific job maintaining the trails, bridging the nasty wet spots and armoring the hillsides.

Definitely get a trail map and plan on riding for 3+ hours if you really want to use the place to its potential. Yes there if plenty of fireroad, for better or worse, but some great singletrack makes up for it. Bring plenty of water and plenty of bug spray.

Recommended Route:
Hit the Rocky Pond Trail that goes up Bald Hill. Its a burner on the way up the downhill on the otherside is beautiful. Some of the routes off Parmenter St. are also nice, but very buggy.



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