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Level: Intermediate
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +429/366 ft
Total: 78 riders
 

Mountain Biking F. Gilbert Hills State Park

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#41 of 216 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#3176 in the world

F. Gilbert Hills SP, also known as Foxboro, is a state park with a plethora of trail conditions, singletrack, and fire roads. Conditions stay relatively dry even during rainy times, and the singletrack is rolling and relatively clear. A hardtail is more than ample to ride on, though a hybrid could make it through. What makes the park so great is the ability to shift up and tear through some outstanding singletrack with great scenery. Please beware hunters during the season!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From the Foxboro rotary in the center of town, follow the signs. You can also follow signs off of Route 1.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Foxboro, Massachusetts

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  • Stuffed
    *****

    Taking the gravel fire road up and then zooming down the yellow trail is a super fun loop and isn't to demanding on the climb due to the wide fire road. Just be careful for horse riders and hikers because they are everywhere !

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  • Harry Haller
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    I have been looking for other trails in Massachusetts to ride beside the usual near me. So I ventured south to Foxboro to F. Gilbert. It was easy enough to locate but was less of a State Park than I am used to. No real facilities that I noticed. At least there was

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  • Harry Haller
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    To ride somewhere different I drove south from Worcester to Foxboro to F. Gilbert. It was easy to locate but was less than the usual State Park I have seen. At least it was free. Luckily I found another Mtn biker who knew the trails and he showed me around. Good trails, roots and rock as on most New England terrain, If in the area again I will certainly drop by.

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  • Brian Surette
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    This place had everything. Easy to pop on and off a more challenging trail, find a trail with some speed, climb a short hill to find some technicals, or coast out and chill on a fireroad. Lots of rocks but only rarely tightly packed and some trails very rooty (esp. by the lake) but only a few true technical rock gardens. I was able to find some great trails to get some speed - though a decent travel suspension recommended. Much preferred this to my first trip to Vietnam in Milford (but clearly picked the harder sections unknowingly there). I'll be back to F. Gilbert very soon! Total blast.

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  • E-Harvey
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    F. Gilbert is mostly all technical single track throughout. Many many rock gardens and rooty sections. There are fireroads as well and Moto trails but the fire roads are pretty torn up w loose rocky sections.

    I don't know who wrote the review but I don't think a hybrid would fair well here. This is a technical x-country series of trails suitable for a hardtail , x-country full suspension, or trail bike.

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  • belzenbeck
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    Headed out DT from Headqrts. parking lot. Explored red ,green, blue trails found some nice singletrak off the DT very rideable here.
    Made my way on grn trail to the Moto trails for a short loop great fun at first with tech DH and climbs.
    Then got lost for 1 1/2 hrs on yellow Moto trail. Very tough sections with not much flow for pedal pwr. Ton of rock gardens . Had no idea where I was going. No one else in sight , finally found some distant hikers that lead me to blue trail DT then it was all good again. You really need local knowledge for the Moto sections.
    I'm an advanced rider former XC racer and was quite challenged . Cheers, ps get a map and hook up with a local and you'll have more fun.

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  • jonbsal
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    Fun trails.. Lots of options.. some challenging technical climbs and descents - a few fun rock features.. hills are short, but plenty (some are steep) Once i learn the trails better , I should be able to string together a nice 15 mile mix of tech, flow, hammer and hero...

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  • jonbsal
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    Fun trails.. Lots of options.. some challenging technical climbs and descents - a few fun rock features.. hills are short, but plenty (some are steep) Once i learn the trails better , I should be able to string together a nice 15 mile mix of tech, flow, hammer and hero...

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  • Fitch
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    Took an 8-mile tour with a NEMBA ride yesterday and had a blast! Lots of variety on these tails, but lots of rocks and up-and-down terrain. The locals said there were plenty of trails to experience, but I really enjoyed the technical challenge of some of the "rollers" and the beautiful forest. Looking forward to seeing it when it's dry and not covered in leaves.

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  • mtbman
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    It was not the best trail I've been to, if you go to the main area of the place where the gates close at 4:00, you can ride some fire roads their but overall its not that good their, unfortunately i did not have enough time to take a look at the other section across the street which i think is more single track.

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  • jlefebvr
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    A fun, huge network of trails. There are sections suited for riders of all abilities.
    The best riding can be found off the Granite Street entrance.
    Note: The signs are tough to follow

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  • docnoconnor
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    Great variety but easy to get lost if you're like me and like to follow singletrack offshoots.

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  • dgh716
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    These wide trails are rocky and have multiple lines you could choose to find speed or pass someone. Or launch a jump to clear other rocks. Even though there isn't too much pure single track its good technical riding. I'd recommend it if you are in the area for sure.

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  • *****

    Cross-countrh rider paridice but im a downhiller and had plenty of fun

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  • dcarlos
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    It's the best trail close to home but it's very tec I enjoyed the single track every bit even the bit I walked up but over all it's a great fun filled day if your not from MA it's a definite place to shred.

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  • PK1
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    I've rode here 3-4 times, not even close to enough to get to know it well. There's lots of trail, some singletrack, some fireroad or moto trail. Trails are fairly well marked. There are lots of rocky descents and climbs. More of the good trails seem to be further from the fire roads and you can tie into other state parks.

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  • fuzzysb
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    first time here as i'm visiting from se Pa. there are a few nice trails here but for me it didn't get interesting until i came across the motorcycle trail, i came back muddy, beat up, bleeding and could not stop grinning. the trail is challenging but quite rideable if you're on your game. if the trails were combined it would be perfect so you could rest between sections.* Review edited 11/20/2009

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  • eastwood
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    Fun ride, for sure. Technical aspects throughout the ride. Friendly tip, if you aren't a fan of rock garden after rock garden might want to stay away from the motorcycle trail.* Review edited 9/20/2009

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