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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +226/ -253 ft
Total: 28 riders

Mountain Biking Franklin State Forest

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#57 of 221 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#3,556 in the world

Network of trails. I ride a 7 mile loop. Great training ride. Windy, twisty, a lot of turns. Not too tech. Big chain ring or fixed gear compatable. Love to show you my loop. E-mail me and I really will!

First added by thundermtb on Feb 15, 2004. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From points North and South....495 to King Street/Bellingham exit. King Street becomes Washington Street in Franklin right onto Grove Street. Small sign on the left...park on right side of the street.
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Rider questions

Q: Are there any maps?
A: There's a few map kiosks in the forest by some intersections

Q: I went there and they had trees across the trail every 100 ft. or so on the hiking trail. Went to the other entrance and it was a straight rail bed that Dirt Bikes had tore it up. I must have missed the single track that has been mentioned.

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  • scott_l

    I used to ride this trail 10+ years ago as a sort of rehab trail - at the time it was a solid ride. Went today and was surprised at how destroyed about half of the old ride was with dirt bike and ATVs digging up everything. It rained a couple of days ago and there were many areas in which what used to be managable mud is now 1-2 ft deep water, which was no fun. I probably won't return.

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  • Stuffed

    It's really easy and smooth riding because of all the erosion that the dirt bikers have created. The berms are really fun to ride on if you can get the required speed, but just keep your eyes open for dirt bikes

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  • singletrack20

    I'll never even bother bringing a mountain bike here. Many of the trails have roots, rocks and berms since this place allows dirt bikes, NO 3 or 4 wheeled ATVs. I rode here once with my dirt bike and got lost quickly! Many of the trails intertwine with trails that either lead to a dead end or someones backyard. My advice is stay away from the unpaved road next to the water tower parking lot, its full of loose rocks and step ups, you will hate it! You could hook up to the power lines for better trail riding, but i'm not sure if its legal. Hodges village Dam has way better trails, better maintained, marked and easier to navigate.

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  • eastwood   ✓ supporter

    Motorcycle trail after motorcycle trail. Lot's of berms, rutty in some places but rideable. In some spots super fast and fun, others kinda slow going... mostly due to trail cover more than anything else. All big trees (blow downs) are cleared out, but as the motocross crew probably don't care, there are plenty of derailleur thefts out there. Trails wind in around themselves up and down the hillside. Fun place with a full suspension, can really get slamming down the rocky rooty trails hitting berms keeping speed up... a hardtail might make you pay... Decent enough ride, but no parking available at water tower as indicated on DCR map (it's gated off)... parked at YMCA - legit?

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  • Gigpal

    Trailhead atop Forge Hill Rd (I parked @ YMCA lot). Fun ride for what I rode. Majority were winding dirtbike worn singletracks with many burms, ruts and holes filled with mud. You had your share of blow downs and rocks/roots, too. Slight inclines, only. One trail leads to another w/o any signs/markers. A 6 out of 10 for technical. 8 out of 10 for speed.

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