Douglas State Forest

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.00 out of 5
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Intermediate
27.0
miles

Other
↑ 300 ft
↓ 200 ft
599
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
Mixed bag of terrian. Fire roads, singletrack, doubletrack and some dirt roads. Extremely rocky with high technical score. Trails stretch out and can be ridden all the way to Buck Hill in Pascoag. Don't park at the Beach it will cost three bucks. Main trail parking lot. Check out the coffee house loop?
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Gramcounter

November 11, 2018
 
Review: Update-- DSF was the locale for a recent NEMBA weekend event, and a lot of sprucing up was done. I'm still overall conflicted on the trails here -- on one side, they are marked, fairly varied, and challenging. And I love a challenge. But while there are almost no tree roots, which I find obnoxious, there are rocks, rocks, and more rocks. Rocks are okay -- they keep you awake, and provide variety. There's just so many here, the trails almost don't seem...fun. It's just a constant rock avoidance ride. You can whip a hardtail through here, so long as you can control yourself going downhill here as mentioned above you can smash directly into a rock garden, whereas a full suspension, while giving more confidence on those downhills, might wear you out when you feel like all you ever do out here is pedal uphill. Anyway, the trails are worth a look, but they definitely aren't for anybody. And beware of flooding.

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Gramcounter

July 25, 2018
 
Review: It's a big long grind, and that's not why I'm rating it low. This trail needs some TLC; lots of trees down, brush grown way in. I posted some photos of the rocks, and they don't even start to describe how rough it can get out there. Definitely not somewhere to go if you're looking for a smooth sailing jaunt.

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Doubletrack

January 4, 2016
Fitch Doubletrack  
 
Review: I joined a large New Year's Day ride with QC NEMBA to check out Douglas amidst some hard pack snow and ice. It seems like a really great network of trails with plentiful rock gardens and sweeping trails. It was very rideable on a 29er in the snow, but I'm sure it will be more fun in the spring. Not much signage, and as mentioned, there's a lot of trail here, so go with someone who knows the land.

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Granny Gear

August 29, 2015
 
Review: Loose packing due to lack of rain, be careful. Bring a buddy or a decent GPS with you. I got seriously lost and pulled out the GPS to get back to the trail head.

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Gnarly

June 18, 2014
schwei Gnarly  
 
Review: I've been here a couple of times and did roughly a 17 mile out and back. I parked on RT16 at the Midstate Trail and took it south and hit the coffeehouse loop, and made my way down to the Tri-State marker and back. I'd like to get back there and explore more because there is definitely some cool riding out there! It's a decent mix of rocky singletrack and fire roads, and although there's not a ton of elevation change, the rockiness will offer plenty of challenge! This, to me, is a place to ride when you kind of just want to grind it out, not a lot of flow, but a challenging and satisfying ride!

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Gramcounter

July 31, 2012
wk0312 Gramcounter  
 
Review: The trail systems are very large and color coded but best to be done with a buddy/GPS. The trails offer a variety of skill levels and all connect so be careful. I rode the yellow dot trail and it was plenty good. I believe the Blue Dot is for the very technical riders. Beautiful sceneries and awsome downhill/climbs on rock beds.

* Review edited 7/31/2012

Similar Trail: Scenery wise...Arcadia Management Area in East Greenwich, RI

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Bunny Hop

May 29, 2012
andybene Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Long fireroads, covered ST., too many rocky trails, where is the BIG Downhill stuff...I came from 70M away & I was a bit disappointed. Trails could be marked better for such a large park esp. fireroads. Beware midsate trail it's so rocky you have to walk your bike three times or so until you hit hard pack again. Even w/ a map it's easy to get confused once you get closer to the tri-state marker. My advice don't go alone & bring a cell. I'll stick w/ my SE mass parks. If you live nearby I guess it's not bad, but then again if you live there you could drive to RI or Conn. and find a better park. Not only that but a weird Cop followed me out of Douglas for who knows what, I was doing nothing wrong.* Review edited 5/29/2012* Review edited 5/29/2012

* Review edited 5/29/2012

Similar Trail: Reminds me of Freetown State Forest without downhill rides

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Granny Gear

July 30, 2009
theline11 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great Trials. Took us a while to figure out where we were on the map, but once we found our way it was great. There are a wide variety of trials to pick. Double track, fire roads, single track, and very rock hiking paths. Very quiet and peaceful area. If you take the trails up to the Whitin Reservoir there is a really nice rope swing and the swimming is great. Some very steep windy single track thrown in if you look for it. Great place to ride, well maintained and easy to get to. We only rode about 10 miles of trails, but will definitely come back again a few times at least.

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Bunny Hop

January 25, 2009
CF3 Bunny Hop  
 
Review: A real mix. some sweet ass singletrack,some brutal rocky trails, some fireroads. nothing to steep. been there a few times, always feel there's more to explore...that's a good thing. Midstate trail is a good reference point so you don't get to lost.

Similar Trail: Arcadia

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Gramcounter

August 12, 2007
Gigpal Gramcounter  
 
Review: Had to drop another line regarding DSF. I love this place! I started at the trailhead on Rt 16 which is the Midstate Trail. Crossed the SNETTS and headed toward Wallum Lake via the Coffee House Loop and Cedar Swamp Trail. I like this so much, I headed back the same way. The Midstate Trail is really fun. 8.5 for technical. Lots of rock gardens, rock climbs and rock descents. The hikers look at you as if to ask you....'How do you ride a bike on this trail?' If you want a challenge, come here.

Similar Trail: F Gilbert, Foxboro

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Douglas State Forest MTB Trail 4.00 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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