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Lowell Dracut State Forest

Average Rating:    (3.46 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 24

10 miles of beginner and intermeadiate fireroads and singletrack with a few pleasant surprises for advanced riders. A fantastic area for beginners!!!!!
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Latitude
42.660347850362704
Longitude
-71.36770248413086
Trail Directions
I'm not quite sure how to get to the main entracne.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Lowell dracut
   


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Review Date
March 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: lanceajackson ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live only 1/2 a mile from this place. I ride it a couple times a week if the weather is nice. I love it. It has a bit of everything! I really like that the singletrack winds in and out of the fireroads. You can ride the loops you like and then hit the fireroads to cruise out quickly. This place is a little confusing, so make sure that you study the map of the fireroads because they are your ticket out.

Recommended Route:
Park at the lot off of trotting park road. As soon as you head down the pavement take the left onto the trail and then take the first right over the bridge.



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Review Date
July 14, 2008

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: Ash 79 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Rode this place last week after work (between 6-8pm). The single track was great, had a lot of switch backs going up and down the bigger hills.
Did a few loops on both sides of the main fire road that goes through the park.
BRING POWERFULL BUG SPRAY! The green flies will attack and swarm around you so bad that you will not want to stop for a break. They seemed to be worse when you get closer to the swamp areas.
I will probably go back during the fall when the bugs die off, hopefully.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle



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Review Date
June 5, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dirtystrat ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
First of all I would ignore all the older comments posted here. In the last 3 years the Merrimack Valley Chapter of NEMBA (New England Mountain Biking Association), has added about 7 miles of mountain bike specific trails here. When combined with the existing combo of fireroads, doubletrack and singletrack, you can easily get in a 15 or a 20 mile ride here. If you haven't visited this park in the last two years, you really haven't ridden here.

For a beginner the fireroads and double track would do just fine and would help to inspire confidence. For intermediate riders the singletrack is tight, twisty with plenty of technical features built into the trail system with bail out lines where appropriate. There are several areas within the forest where the terrain allows riders to stop and practice their skills with drops, riding skinnies, and technical rock climbing.

The trails are well maintained and receive the attention of the local mountain biking club (MV-NEMBA) and the local friends of the forest volunteers.

Recommended Route:
The most popular starting point is to park at the gate at Trotting Park Road. From here you can head out in 4 different directions. Some of the trails can be hard to find for new visitors but after a while things will fall into place. Its best to join one of the many led rides that can be found here.



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Review Date
June 7, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: FSR Mayhem ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Kind of small, but offers a bit of everything. There is only one main North/South trail, with spurs and some loops off of it. Also a good climb on Whortleberry Hill on the NW corner, but it's sort of disconnected from the park trails.

There are two cool boulder gardens off the main middle trail. Some cool rooty sections, other trails are cut off by water in the spring. There is pavement and gravel up the middle, which is boring but gets you around fast.

Recommended Route:
Through the middle, off spurs. Beware some trails dead-end at various ponds, and other go past yards where locals' dogs sometimes chase you. Lazy owners = lazy dogs, I guess, because I've outrun them both times... You gotta keep an eye out for hidden trails / stuff that's not well marked. Also, horse shiat is left all over by those too lazy to pedal through the wilderness :P -- watch your water bottle... I usually drop in from the north Dracut side. More fun that way with a big water crossing!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
This is about it for the immediate area.



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Review Date
November 24, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: bc ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
NOW HOLD ON !!!! i am an amatuer rider - not lying. but i am also a local resident who's property borders the forest and i treat it like it is my own property. the forest is not there just for bikers and isnt maintained just for bike riders so get a grip ..if you dont like it dont use it. i am very grateful it is there...i live there!! i do my part, pick up trash, move trees out of the trail etc....and as far as atv's...slow down there, some of those atv's are out there doing good...patroling for litter and blowdowns etc. but yes -- there are plenty of idiots ripping it up and they should get in trouble... but dont blame all atv's for their ignorance. there is a difference between a utility machine and a "rice rocket". i do my part - i wish others would do theirs too. i am in the process of trying to organize a cleanup -- and it will involve bike AND horse riders, snowmobilers and atv riders to assist the cleanup....but will they be allowed to ride there after? no !!! but they will help anyway. it boils down to a love for nature...if you love it- you will help. so all you whiners go somewhere else... if you love the forest as much as i do....help out like me and my family. hell, i send my kids out to shag trash from our trail if i am busy ! i just wonder where it all keeps coming from!!! and as far as wildlife (deer)... i absolutely love having deer come in my backyard !!! if i find the person who is "baiting" the deer on the lowell side they are gonna be sorry. that isnt hunting.. it is good as pouching and baiting deer with the intention of hunting them is illegal. all this boils down to is 1100 acres that our state cant afford to maintain but they keep it there for us to enjoy anyway, but if you dont like it... please stay away. next time you go for a ride -- carry some brush trimmers with you.. or a bow saw.. help out some. stop and talk to the guy on the atv that is trying to help everyone out... including you !!!!! the dracut lowell tyngsboro state forest is a great place...its not yellowstone to you...but it is to me, i live here and love having it. any input or comments for me can be sent to bc88fan2002@yahoo.com but please -- no whining !!! if you see trash or other things (cars) that need to be removed....please tell me so i can get it done and help keep the forest a nice place for us. communication is the first step --

Recommended Route:
trotting park rd in lowell -- the gate at totman road in dracut no longer has any parking due to house development.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
if you want paradise -- go to western mass. you want a day in an ok place -- come here but come with small expectations



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