Callahan State Park

   
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8
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 600 ft
6.4
avg mph
40
ridden
15
wishlist
1:09
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
3.81 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Fitch Gnarly on August 16, 2005
 
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.
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schwei on June 24, 2014
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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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Fitch on April 22, 2014
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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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Gerald Audet on October 29, 2013
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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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Guest on November 27, 2012
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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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BalticSkier on September 6, 2011
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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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andybene on July 25, 2011
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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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Thornburger on June 13, 2011
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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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hani122 on March 17, 2011
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Review: This is my after work ride. It is great cause you can do a quick 5 mile loop or expand it out to 12 miles. Combining smooth single track with some real nice technical terrain on the north side (also called the Marlborough side)

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eastwood on April 10, 2010
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Review: North side - WOW. Some crazy climbs with more than rewarding downhills on the back side. North gives you some technical challenge that is missing on the South side. On both sides some erosion from the massive rains this year, so just keep your head up. Some mud bogs here and there. Leave plenty of time to explore the North side - with unmarked trails it can be hard to follow the map so just be ready to ride and have fun, you'll hit a marked trail or map spot soon enough.

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eastwood on October 22, 2009
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Review: Only rode the southern portion below Edmands Rd. But it was fun, smooth, fast trails. Perfect for a fun fast ride. Great for beginners. Another one getting 4 for fun factor - minimal technical challenge.

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Fitch on March 30, 2009
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Review: Coco Ridge by the dam is a mudslide the whole way down, but for the most part, the trails survived the harsh winter with only some minor damage. There are some wet patches right now that need careful traversing so as not to destroy the ground, but it will dry up!

Similar Trail: Cutler Park, Bald Hill Reservation

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john.from.vt on November 5, 2007
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Review: The south side stuff is pretty good. There's more foot and equestrian traffic on this side. This entire area is good and rooty. You can print maps online or grab one at the park entrance. Some locals showed me the North side of the park, which was excellent! More rocky with steep twisty climbs and descents. If you've got the energy, you won't be disappointed here. Bring an extra tube for the rocks. And extra water.

Similar Trail: Vietnam trails in Milford MA. I was told this is even more killer than Callahan's North side, but never got the chance to ride it.

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Fitch on May 8, 2007
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Review: Some of the inner singletrack (Sparrow, Birch) take a bit longer to dry out after a rain, and as such, there are a few muddy crossings that you'll hit rather unknowingly. Also, beware the huge piles of horse p***.

Similar Trail: Cutler Park, Blue Hills, Bald Hill, Lynn Woods, Middlesex Fells

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Slayer94 on August 21, 2006
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Review: The south side of Edmunds Road is a good place to cruise around but the north side gets nasty

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Fitch on August 6, 2006
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Review: Enter on the Edmands Road entrance and head right up Pioneer Trail - leads to some rather nice slightly rooty awesome New England riding!

Similar Trail: Cutler Park, baby!

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Fitch on September 6, 2005
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Review: If you stick to the southeast corner of the park (Rocky Road Trail, Moore Road), you'll have a much nicer ride. When you cross over to the northern side on Edmunds Road, THAT'S when the trouble starts, so if you're feeling tired, DO NOT go that way!

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Callahan State Park MTB Trail 3.81 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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