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Willard Brook State Forest - contains Pearl Hill State Park

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Trails are mixed: fast fire roads (with some sweet downhills), twisty/rocky/rooty doubletrack (aka XC skiing trails), and a network of rocky/narrow hiking trails. The terrain is hilly, but nothing too long or majorly steep. Average technical rating is moderate, although the hiking trails in particular make for some slow, careful riding. There are no jumps or freeride type areas like you would find in Vietnam or Lynn...
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Latitude
42.65782305937262
Longitude
-71.78415298461914
Trail Directions
From Boston, take rt 2 west to rt 2a west to rt 13 north. Turn left on Main St (rt 119), then left on New Fitchburg Road. Parking lot is about 1.5 miles down on your right.
Trail Length
10+ ridable miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Townsend
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Braunstein Freres ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The part of Willard Brook I explored was more of the campground area. Branchin out form that was tough to find any real good mountain biking trails. Fooled around in the river which was lots of fun, but without a map it was tough to find anything real good to ride on. Lots of roots and rocks, but if you got past that not too bad. Not sure I'll go back though.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Leominster State Forest
Various Trails in Ashburnham



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Review Date
January 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: E Hansen , from Boston, MA

Summary:
I've ridden here once - about an 8 mile ride.
I will say that these trails do not seem to get much use (granted we rode there in the first week of January, but there was still no snow!) Plenty of logs to jump, but relatively few chainring marks. This is a good intermediate ride with more-technhical areas to challenge intermediate/advanced, and also plenty of wide XC trails for novice/intermediate. This would be a great XC mtb training course for racers. The "technical" sections are mostly on the hiking trails (dotted lines on the DEM map). These contain plenty of rocks that you need to ride over or navigate around. Nothing too crazy. There are some good hills, but they are mostly on the fire roads, which make for great downhill bombing runs.

Recommended Route:
From the parking lot on New Fitchburg road, ride over the small bridge (there's a metal gate), into the field. Head over to the far/right side of the field and find the XC skiing trail... this is the entrance to the best trails, north and west of the Pearl Hill Park parking lot.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Leominster State Forest



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