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Willowdale State Forest

Average Rating:    (3.86 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

Well marked trail. For all levels. There are several off the main trail challenging route (makrer 19,14, 15, 16, 40, off the road near 4)
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Latitude
42.67410615934708
Longitude
-70.90473175048828
Trail Directions
Rt. 1 and to Topsfield Road toward Ipswich. Pass tur to Bradley Palmer State Park. There is second little dirt parking space on right side of the road, right next to Foote Bridge to Bradley Palmer Sate Park. Willdowdale trail starts across the street just north of the parking. Visit http://www.state.ma.us/dem/parks/trails/wild.pdf
Trail Length
?? miles, good 2 or more hrs.
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Topsfield
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Review Date
April 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: guy2600 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
After riding Kingdom Trails last year, I've been searching for some buff singletrack closer to home and this place was recommended by several people to be the closest thing Massachusetts has to offer. I did 12 miles here today and I must say, I was not disappointed! The singletrack here is fantastic - smooth, flowing, fast with the right balance of climbing, descents and enough switchbacks to keep it interesting. The scenery is beautiful and the park is pretty large. I only rode the eastern side and there was plenty more to explore. The trails here are not technical (what I saw anyways). Not a lot of features and few drops so if this is what your after, I would go elsewhere. If, however, you are looking for buff singletrack, this place is a must see! Besides Kingdom, these are the best trails I've ridden in Ma.

Recommended Route:
Bring a smart phone with a compass app and a pdf map of the park. The doubletrack trails more or less outline the park and there's plenty of junction numbers posted. Ride any singletrack you come across and at some point, it will link back up with a doubleback trail. I found this to be very helpful. When I was toast and wanted to head back, it made it easy as the doubletrack was fast and it brought me back to the parking lot. Parking on Topsfield rd was easy and the parking lot easy to find. Can't wait to ride here again!



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Review Date
November 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Scarsandtears ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I printed out a map to try this place as its near my work. I ride Lynn Woods mostly but knew what to sort of expect here.
I couldn't find any sweet singletrack, I did find a couple of loops that were fun, but I definately missed any fun fast stuff...
Getting out was another story, with so many roads cutting that place up, and even with the map it was easy to get lost. It took me an hour to figure out how to get to my car.
Will give it another shot, but need a guide who knows where the fun is at.

Recommended Route:
Get a guide.



Comments
Evil Chocula (05/30/2012)
So, you couldn't find the trails but gave the place an overall review of two. That's like reviewing a movie you never saw after you got lost on the way to theater. My review of your review: D
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Review Date
October 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: phosphor ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I whole-heartedly agree with the trail summary below.

It's a nice bit of single-track, and plenty of it. I consider myself still a novice, and I'm learning a good amount riding through here. Rocky and rooty in a number of places like any good NE singletrack should be, but has enough smooth and flowy singletrack to make you remember why you like mountain biking.

Definitely print out a state map before going. (http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/trails/print/WillwdalePineSwmp.pdf)

I haven't discovered all the singletrack yet. I managed to end up on the North East corner of the forest, thinking one part was a loop (the green blazed trail).

Recommended Route:
Start at Marini's along Ipswich Road. That's the only named section I know from there.

Hit the blue blazes along rest of the route. After you get into the north west corner of the trail (you pass a building complex on your distant left and soon afterwards go past a sweet log ride) the blazes turn to white arrows, and orange blazes.

When in doubt, just bail out to the fire roads and use your map to get where you need to be. If you want to ride message me and I'll show you what I know of the place.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you're a super-beginner then go ride around Bradley Palmer State Park.

I haven't made it to any other areas with singletrack around there yet, but will soon.



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Review Date
May 18, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: chaupa00 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Willowdale is quickly becoming one of the better all around mountain biking spots on the North Shore. With more and more single track being added, you can go for at least three hours of quick paced riding. With new bridges and stunts being added, you will find this place to be perfect for the group that has a diverse range of riders. Anybody can ride Willowdale. Pick up a state map and pay attention to the trail markers if you get lost. Find the fire road and ride until you see at least two trail marker numbers, this will tell you exactly where you are and what direction you are heading.

Recommended Route:
Start at Marini's, do that section and head east over the bridge trail towards fisher cat and the punisher. That section will probably take you an hour to an hour and a half depending on speed. If you finish that and want more, at the end of the punisher, go across the fire road, down the trail over the long narrow bridge, when you get to the end of that trail, take a left, then a quick right. This will lead you toward the begging of the beaver pond area. Tons more single track. Beaver pond area is up by route 1 so a couple minute ride.
Enjoy.



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Review Date
November 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Mike

Summary:
See my detailed review for this and other trails along with my GPS-generated maps at http://24.147.58.236/sheahome



Comments
twotracks (11/07/2009)
mike your links never work for me any help?
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