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Upton State Forest

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

10-15 miles of fire roads, double and single track. mostly beginner, intermeadiate terrain. trail maps are usually available at the trail head. Be on the lookout for equestrians!!!
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Latitude
42.19342521211486
Longitude
-71.60802841186523
Trail Directions
From I-495 take exit for rt9 west.take left at first lighttake right at end of street.when you reach rotary go 2/3 of the way around. You will be on rt 135 going towards hopkinton(this is marked on a sign)about a1 mile down 135 there will be a fork in the road. go right!! You will now be on upton rd(no longer 135). the forest will be about 2 miles down the roud on the left. watch for signs
Trail Length
10-15 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Upton
   


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Review Date
May 27, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Mazzachusetts ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Not worth the time. Either flat gravel roads or uber steep trails like Whistling Cave that are almost unridable and muddy unridable stream crossings. Grouse trail was buggy and not worth the time or energy. Not impressed. Whitehall Resevoir is 5 minutes away and far superior to Upton St. Park. Also too many horses here. I probably won't go back

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Whitehall. Goathill



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Review Date
September 10, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: slayer94 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A bunch of fire roads but theres some decent singletrack once you get off them.

Recommended Route:
I like Whistling Cave but watch out for that first step. Its not labeled on the map so start from the main parking lot and head down Park Rd, its on the left and is labled. If you survive the begining the rest of the run is good. Also like Mammoth Rock starting from Loop Rd.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Vietnam



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Review Date
November 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Andy Bentley , from Hopkinton, MA

Summary:
Mostly wide boring fire roads.
A couple of hard assents.
A couple of impossible assents.
too many modifications & "improvements" made by people to ride horse back have taken away the edge of this trail. Too many atv & horses to let you dog run loose.

Recommended Route:
Stay away !



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Review Date
September 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Chris Mac , from Worcester

Summary:
Upton is probably the best kept secret in C.Mass. While people flock to Milford to ride Upton's famous neighbor, USF offers some of the best riding anywhere in the region. Whether you want thrilling downhills or good 2-way XC trails Upton has it. Rabbit run trail is a good start, climb to the top of the hill and rip winding singletrack down Old Hokington trail, hit Mammoth rock, and get back over your rear tire on Grouse trail. All of these are excellent singletracks, but the crown jewel of Upton is Whistling cave. You must ride middle road almost back to the park entrance and climb uphill on park road to access the top. Whistling cave starts off like a good roller coaster ride with two entrances that are very steep and difficult. The lower entrance is not as extreme, but it does spout out around a tree and free falls down a steep hill. The upper entrance looks nearly impossible and I refuse to even try it, but if you must, go ahead (I hope you have body armor). If you survive the first downhill section of WC your adrenaline will have to come down in order to manuever the rest of the trail. WC continues down a fast singletrack and back uphill to a section of boulders. Ride up and over the boulders and wind down the trail out back to middle road...It's the best trail around, it's a must-ride at Upton.
Nuthatch Trail is also worth checking out,but going up Park road from this end is a major pain in the ass. Also check out the trails across the street off Eames St. A couple of singletracks, good powerlines and a major climb and descent down Pratt hill road.

Recommended Route:
Start at rabbit run, finish on Whistling cave, make a loop. Don't miss trails across the street, plus powerlines.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Vietnam, Rayburn, Hodges Dam



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Review Date
January 6, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Houstoncontrol , from Oxford, Mass.

Summary:
Get off of the fire roads at Grouse trail, which is a nice ascent/descent of single track. Used to be hairier but a hiker must've twisted an ankle or something. Still good though. Also good is whistling cave trail, from the very top. I've never seen it ridden from the very top w/ out a running dismount or worse. The alternate/ switchback/ bailout trail is OK, but the rest of the trail has good singletrack and scenic boulders etc. You will miss out if you ride it all up hill. Go to the far side of the pond (around it counterclockwise.) If it's good weather there is a rope swing at the deep end, and if you want more than a 7-10 mile ride, take the powerlines to Vietnam. A nice break from Nam.

Recommended Route:
I recommend that you don't try to go thru Westboro during anytime remotely close to rush hour traffic time, so here is an alternate way of getting to Upton S.F. Take 495 south to exit 21-Upton/ Hopkinton. Head towards Upton (about three miles) look for a Upton State Forest sign and a sharp right( Westboro Rd) PArk entrance is about 1.5 - 2 miles up on right.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Vietnam, Milford rte 495 & 85,



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