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West Granville

Average Rating:    (2.89 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

This is an 8-10 square mile area of outstanding riding. The riding varies between old wagon roads to wide & smooth ATV trails to long hairy single-track enduro bike runs. Someone/group has been busy building and maintaining trails for powered bikes/ATVs; there are probably about 50 altogther. Area is large, and (for Massachusetts) relatively wild and remote. Lots of coyotes and bear at night. Recommend topo map & compass. Area is bounded by Rte 57 (on the south), Beech Hill road (east), gas pipeline (north), and Schoolhouse road (west). If you've got a topo map (WGranville quad), recommended highlights are the Otis stage road (fast), Black Pond (a gem, swimming/camping), unnamed road leading southeast from intersection of Farnham road and pipeline (extended very fast & smooth downhill through site of old hamlet). There's lots of long, gnarly single-track. Again, referring to topo, most of the riding is to N and E of Sheets/Blandford road, and actually, there's good riding to north of pipeline, and to west of Schoolhouse. Westfield reservior is the most popular riding area in Granville - in comparison this area is a little less smooth and about 5 times as large/wild. Other areas in Granville/Tolland don't have as many trails, and/or are extremely rocky, although old roads on east side of Colebrook reservior are worth it, and there is some good riding north of 57 between North Lane number 2 and Old Westfield road (enter anywhere along North Lane number 1). Enjoy!
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Latitude
42.088413996069534
Longitude
-72.97616958618164
Trail Directions
Rte 57 to West Granville center (church/firehouse/store), then N on Beech Hill Road. Go about one mile until Lover's Lane (wooden sign) on left. Take dirt path leading north-west into the riding area. This still a town right-of-way called Otis Road (originaly a stage coach road, not maintained now). The 'no trespassing' sign applies to the field & pond with the old travel trailer on left.
Trail Length
variable miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Granville Tolland
   


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Review Date
June 4, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Marie Nadeau , from Westfield, Ma

Summary:
I've been riding these trails for 6 years with my trail guru(he's 47 and rode these trails on his motorcycle in the 70's) This is one of my favorite places to ride. Lots of technical stuff. For the most part you can stay off the muddy trails. I have yet to see a drunk or a bear.

Recommended Route:
Park on rt 57

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Littleville Lake, Sweetman Mountain, Tekoa Mountain



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Review Date
March 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Dale of Cannon , from Kensington, NH

Summary:
The trails are a lot of fun to ride...not extremely technical but enough to keep you interested and can really set a good rythmn as you carve around tons of trees, drop down into washouts, climb some, descend some...and endless trails as long as you keep track of where you are. Riding mature woodlands is fun but can be disorienting. Definitely have a topo map, a compass, know how to use them. Enough to challenge all skill levels yet nothing really scary. This is not a town park...it is true New England woodlands where you are not close to many roads for many miles. If riders are breaking collarbones, clavicle, hitting barbed wire then they are not on any of the trails I ride (been riding out there for two years, 6-8 rides overall) and they are riding beyond their skill level. Noted lack of common sense from earlier reviewers. Perhaps the reason they met such inhospitable people is that they were trespassing...the barbed wire FENCE is a good clue. No idea about the inebriated folks warning of pussy willows...do not drink out of streams, ponds, and lakes without taking precautions in New England. I am surprised that 'dangerous beavers' were not added to the list of lions, tigers, and bears. As noted, these trails can get un-rideably muddy early season due to multitude of springs and run off. Few trails I know of give me the feeling of being away from civilization as much as these trails and give you the opportunity to view wildlife you unfortunately can't see in much of New England anymore.
Please read the BUSSMAN review as I fully agree with him, TC

Recommended Route:
From rte 57, during the dry time of year with someone who knows the trails

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Granville Gorge



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Review Date
March 16, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Bussman , from West Suffield, CT

Summary:
Look, if you like very remote riding this is for you. Yes there really are bears out there.....yes you can easily get turned around.....special on night rides. I've never seen wierdos or drunks??? I've ridden there on Wed. nights and weekends several times. I've hiked there with my wife and daughter too....see TONS of animal tracks. It is best to ride West Granville after June....when the snow and bugs are gone. W.G. trails really give you a flavor of being WAY far away....bring a map and lots of bear treats!

Recommended Route:
RT 57...you know what to do....



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Review Date
September 11, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Linc Vannah, Jeanne Hergenrother , from Grand Junction, Colorado

Summary:
Jeanne and I ride in Moab, Utah (90 miles west of Grand Junction), on the Kokopelli Bike Trail from Grand Junction to Moab, and in the Rockies (Crested Butte, Durango, etc) on a regular basis. In our opinion, the West Granville trails rock!!! OK, so we're saying that because Linc's brother wrote the trail description and we have to say good things about it, or else! Besides, the West Granville trails do have rocks, so we didn't lie. Actually, I thought the trails were challenging in a trials riding kind of way (lots of baby heads). Plus, we didn't ride in a wet year so the mud formula didn't apply. Great reviews! :-)

Recommended Route:
Don't remember. We were following Bill Vannah, (Linc's brother).



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Review Date
September 8, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bill Vannah , from WGranville, MA

Summary:
Great reviews - I've never laughed so hard
in my life! Don't talk about my mother
that way! This year has highest total rainfall on record,
dirt + water = mud.

Recommended Route:
see above



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