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Massasoit State Park

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Trail(s) are many and all connect in one way or another. The single track is fast (parts) and filled with roots. Some good hard climbs to burn up the quads! Explore and tackle the K12, unbelievable drop off. It conquered me several times with the old "face plant", lean way back and hold on; follow the fire roads past pond and up hill. Take the road to the right past the beach sand and the k12 is on the right, look for it. The fire trails are good, some soft parts to throw you over the bars, but a good rid if that is your style. This trail/park is fun and interesting for a few months of riding but gets boring. Very difficult to get lost but worth the experience. Thier is something for everyone and all levels if you push yourself.
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Latitude
41.872756507900945
Longitude
-70.98970413208008
Trail Directions
From North Take 495 (towards Cape Cod)and take exit 3. Follow signs for Park (Take right at fork in road). Follow road fro about two miles and park is on the left. When inside park in the lots available (plenty) and follow the entrance to park past information/check-in booth. Take the trail to the left over bridge. When in trail take a right at fork and follow your way.
Trail Length
MILES: not too many but not too little
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Middleboro/Taunton
   


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Review Date
June 21, 2013

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: Geotrouvetout67 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Massasoit State Park is a little local beauty for cross country with various terrains from strollers to experts mtb, intermediate in average (rating 3). You will find paved roads, easy single track segments, fire roads, exposed roots, dangerous drops, a few small jumps some illegal garbage dumping and plastic bottles here and there (choice words to these people) and some rocky hills, beautiful scenery and wildlife including mosquitoes sometimes. Last ride a crossed a couple frogs on the trail, be careful not to make a roadkill.

Trails can stay wet or even flood after heavy rains (especially the left side), give them a few days to dry instead of damaging them. Horses should do that too, most damaged I've seen came from horses riding in the mud.

I would not travel out of my way too much to drive there but for locals like me it's a great place for a quick run or longer if you make several loops. It is large enough to get lost but small enough to find your way out.

Others have mentioned ATVs and dirt bikes, I have yet to come across one. However there are many pedestrians on the weekends and sometimes horses. Usually pedestrians will yield to bikes but be careful and respectful. Definitely yield to horses.

Spark BRS is the local shop in Taunton and organizes group rides in the fall.

Recommended Route:
This is the tricky part. There are countless options because there are tons of small segments multiplying your options. However there are a couple most ridden loops, one is called the lung opener and is about 7.5 miles, the other is a variation of it at around 11 miles, "maps" can be found on Strava. Part of it are marked as the healthy trail but most is unmarked and it takes practice not to get lost, I've been riding there for about a year and still manage to get lost. If you are new to the park you will get lost unless you have a GPS in which you pre loaded tracks or just follow the healthy trail blue markings for a short ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nothing like it really close that I am aware of. Blue Hills and Wompatuck are other good cross country areas not too far further North.



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Review Date
July 9, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: chrisdurand ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
just mentioning that dirtbikes and quads have been invadeing more often....think the ranger presence has been limited due to money cuts......still a great place to ride, has some really twisty fun sections...i enjoy it, you can do the loop in about 45min to an hour, so its not all that big....so go and do it clockwise then head back out and do it backwards.....

Recommended Route:
as mentioned by the little wooden bridge....if you do not know the loop you will get lost.....if you do not know how to get to the golf course you will never find it...there are a lot of off trails from the main loop but i think for the most they merge back on....

there are rides on sunday morning's between 7 and 9, if you want to get to know the place.....it will sure help to join one...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
rocky woods......swansea dam ( another small place but fun in the same )..



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Review Date
September 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: mtnbiker26 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Massasoit is a fairly small state park bisected by a paved road and surrounded by residential neighborhoods. It's a state park/campground so it's closed to dirtbikes and ATV's, although the trails get a good amount of use by walkers and cyclists. The trails are mostly non-technical and windy, sandy/loamy hardpack singletrack with occasional rooty sections and about a half-dozen short steep climbs. It's like a flatter, less windy Otis. It drains really well so you can ride there after a good rain and not get all mucky. It won't challenge you technically (it's a great place to ride a cyclocross bike) but if your looking for a good cardio workout and you can keep your speed up the windy sections can be difficult to negotiate. If you can rock your big ring on the flats you'll definitely have some fun here.

Recommended Route:
Eight mile "three leaf clover" shaped clockwise loop. From the main parking lot take the left over the small wooden bridge and explore the trails along the left side of the paved road. After about three miles you wind up at the back of the park where the paved road ends and the gate is closed. That was the first leaf of the clover. Go around the gate, take a left and continue a clockwise loop for about 2 miles to ultimately wind up almost back at the closed gate. That was the second leaf. Continue clockwise around the pond and back toward the parking lot on the opposite side of the road. That's the third leaf. Sorry I can't give you turn-by-turn. The place is small so you can figure it out in a few rides.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rocky Woods, Freetown, Borderland, Gilbert Hills, Otis, Trail of Tears, Wompatuck



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Review Date
September 29, 2006

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: Rockhopper88 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great place to take someone who is just starting out. I t has just enough to not scare them off but keep you satisfied as well. There are some really good, fast parts and some really decent climbs and one killer downhill.

Recommended Route:
Upon entering take quick left over wooded brige. This set of trails weave off and then briefly back on the pavement. Its fast and has a couple of good climbs. Continue to follow and you'll reach a great hill near the golf course.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Borderland, Freetown



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Review Date
July 12, 2006

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: wizardsfire ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Not a bad place to roam around in...you can't get lost here and it has terrain for every type of ride. Will go back and see what else is hiding out there.



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