Callahan State Park

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3.79 out of 5
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Intermediate
8
miles

Singletrack
↑ 600 ft
↓ 1,200 ft
227
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
There are two parts to Callahan - the nice side, and the ugly side. The nice side is about an hour's worth of riding along great single track through the woods and across fields. A few roots and rocks, but otherwise, very nice trail. Watch out for the abundance of people/pets, though. Plenty of trails there - once you head downhill to the Pipeline, you'll find another entrance to the park (Edmands Road), which features a tough climb, leading into a network of very fun riding. Signage is limited but improving there, and you can easily add a few more miles of climbing and descending amidst the Marlboro and Sudbury-side of the trails.
added by FitchDoubletrack August 16, 2005
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (19)
 

Bunny Hop

April 21, 2015
 
Review: Great place to MTB when going to watch Boston Marathon

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Gramcounter


January 3, 2015
 
Review: Awesome trails, but too much horse and dog crap.

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Granny Gear

August 18, 2014
s_wats10 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trails, I started last week on the north side parking lot at the beginning of 'backpacker' from there we looped down gibs mountain to the pond then hit up the south side. I work in southboro right next door so its a great after work ride. Check it out!

Update: Aug, 19th, Trails are dry and faaaasstt right now, top of gibs mountain down to the pond is really quick and technical right now.

Similar Trail: Cutler Park

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Gnarly


June 24, 2014
schwei Gnarly  
 
Review: I live right around the corner, so I ride here a lot! I wouldn't call it a "destination" ride, but you can certainly put together a nice loop! If you hit everything in the park you'll probably do around 15 miles, maybe a bit more. The trails aren't specifically built for MTB, but there is definitely some nice challenging root, rocky, and climby single track mixed in with some smoother flat stuff. As some other reviewers have noted, the north side is a little nastier, but I really think it's just because the climbs are longer. It will certainly keep you on your toes, but none of it is unrideable. I found it to be a great place to learn to ride because the climbs will get you in shape and there is enough technical challenge here to help you learn to handle a bike. I've been riding here for about four years and I still enjoy a nice after work loop! If you live close, definitely check it out and try to make the leaderboard on the Pipeline and Puke Hill clmbs!

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Doubletrack


April 22, 2014
Fitch Doubletrack  
 
Review: Everything on the north side is nice and dry; get up over Gibbs Mountain and go explore and enjoy the trails. Watch out for deer and horses.

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Granny Gear

October 29, 2013
 
Review: Listen. Everyone who is saying the north side is hard, or "hell" even, has obviously not made it up and over the first rocky steep section and then down to the pond. Granted, that first hill is very tough, and even as an experience rider, I have yet to make it without putting a foot down. It's actually, after that bit, very similar to the south side, perhaps a touch tougher in places. It's very similar in terms of rocky, rooty single track. But way less people. I love bear paw, or whatever that trail is called, connect it to back packer, and you've got a good loop to rip on the hard tail (or XC FS). I have gone there now ~8 times, I live right near by. 3 of which were on my cyclocross bike, where I stuck to the south side. The whole park is worth a 1/2 hour drive, but certainly not an hour drive. It's pretty basic, and if you really rip, you will use up all the north side in ~45 minutes or less. But I have no problem doing multiple laps, and if I park on the sound side, where all the dogs are, then that builds on an extra 10-15 minutes just to get to the north side (I just consider it a warmup/cool down). Hey, I'm originally from the area, but have been in the rugged WV backcountry for a while, so maybe I am just used to rugged terrain, but I'd say Callahan is intermediate at best, except for that one section right after you cross the road going from south-->north.

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November 27, 2012
Guest   
 
Review: Seems like some light signage has been improved upon on the North side of the park - Pine Tree Loop and "Dog Paws" were both easy to follow and fun, even covered in leaves, though Dog Paws was a dead ender. Didn't realize it got to Southboro...

Similar Trail: Landlocked Forest

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Bunny Hop

September 6, 2011
 
Review: I agree with Thurnburger. Nice after work ride in the south side of the park. Stay to the outer trails around the perimeter of the southside for fewer people/dogs/horses. The north of Edmands Rd is hell. Rooty rocky climbs and descents, poorly marked trails and dead ends, but no people or dogs. The Mass DCR trail map is out of date so take care and explore.

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Bunny Hop

July 25, 2011
andybene Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Personally I did not care for this park. For a 11/2 drive from my home I would have been better off going to Taunton. I was hoping it would be a little more challenging, but i guess if your from boston it may seem pretty good. The other half was too challenging across the road.

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Gramcounter

June 13, 2011
 
Review: Great place for a ride after work, just watch out for people walking and dog crap. I've had a couple good rides here and still like it even after snapping my chain on a climb. The North side usually has less people some fun stuff, so stick to the South if you arent confident with your skills.

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Callahan State Park MTB Trail 3.79 out of 5 based on 19 ratings. 19 user reviews.
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