Harold Parker State Forest

4.70 out of 5
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↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 1,900 ft
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About this trail
Website says it has 35 miles of fire roads and trails. Has just about everything - some great singletrack, roots, rocks, technical stuff, doubletrack, singletrack, enough hills to make for some good climbs. Real fun place overall, lots of trails to explore.
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Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: will i be able to do this trail ? ive never done a trail before but i am really comfortable with my mountain bike, i can do some wheelie and english hops but no bunny hops, thanks :) -Guest

A: It's not a great area for beginners. I'd start at somewhere like Great Brook, Landlocked Forest, or Willowdale.

Guest answered on June 4, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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Q: HI! I have 3 kids who aren't very experienced riders, my daughter is 10. Is there a good trail in the Boston area that she could learn on while my boys, also unexperienced, but boys, (12,14) could have fun too? Trying to find fun things to do as a family. -gbloch@me.com

A: Bradley Palmer State Park would be good for this. The joy here is easy trails and open spaces (dirt roads through fields.) . The boys could ride off a bit and have fun on their own while you keep an eye on the young one.

Jim Barber answered on August 27, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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Granny Gear

November 30, 2018
bobc0505 Granny Gear  
Review: Great place to ride, has something for everyone


May 16, 2018
Review: I've been blessed to have a park like Harold Parker so close to me, since I live in Tewksbury. It is one of the largest forests in the state, and the majority of the trails are super technical with several rocks, roots, sharp turns, hills, and bridges, so this is an awesome trail to test your technical skills. Along the road there is a scenic view of a pond where people can go kayaking, and there is a beach if you keep driving down. If you are a beginner or a newbie, I would not recommend Harold Parker being one of the first trails you ride, since it might be too technical. A great start, however, would be Ward Reservation, which is right above Harold Parker.

Similar Trail: Ward Reservation


October 16, 2017
Review: Follow the link below for an awesome highlight video of the Harold Parker State Forest. Do you like technical mountain biking with rock gardens and drops galore?! If so, Harold Parker State Forest is the place for you! Harold parker is one of the best spots in Massachusetts to test your technical skills. There are around 35 miles of trails that you can link together in a ton of different ways. Most of the trails require some pretty solid riding skills and there isn't much flow and speed to be had, but it still an awesome place to check out. I would definitely have a trail map handy on your phone as well. Once you cross a street or two it can get a little confusing. I post new videos from different spots around New England every Monday, so be sure to subscribe for more! https://youtu.be/YZ4jHl_vOB0


June 5, 2017
MJB_MTB Gramcounter  
Review: How could I not rate Harold Parker 5 stars? After all it is the reason I moved to Massachusetts. I used to come camping here years ago and fell in love with it, not only for MTB but hiking, kayaking, camping, etc. and decided to move closer to this special spot. Now, living just 1.5 miles away, it has become my regular riding locale. HP can definitely be a confusing place to ride for your first several times here. The only marked trail route is the yellow diamond trail but that captures just a small taste of it. There is a labyrinth of trails here that have taken me years of riding to get familiar with. Once you get to know the place, there are so many options to create different routes. There's really not any sustained climbing or descending, just lots of punchy ups and downs, with no shortage or rock gardens, super technical sections, some drops and lots of great trail layout utilizing the natural landscape of exposed ledge, rocks and stone walls to help you hone your skills. Take a ride here, get lost, explore. It'll be a good time.

Granny Gear

July 7, 2016
paddycp78 Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome trail, but very technical, I am a beginner and man this trail kicks my a$$. The rock gardens are plentiful, and I've dumped my bike a few times. I'm still at it, and trying every day, so it will get better. Learning a lot.

Granny Gear

July 7, 2016
paddycp78 Granny Gear  
Review: Awesome trail, but very technical, I am a beginner and man this trail kicks my a$$. The rock gardens are plentiful, and I've dumped my bike a few times. I'm still at it, and trying every day, so it will get better. Learning a lot.

Granny Gear

June 12, 2016
liss Granny Gear  
Review: Beautiful ride


August 15, 2015
KeithD42 Gramcounter  
Review: It is very technical in spots but no real flow. There are many short uphill which lead to short downhills. Personally I do not find this kind of riding a lot of fun but not bad. I like a nice uphill that leads to a long downhill. I found Harold Parker to be challenging and had its spots I really enjoyed. Overall I would go back there but not make it my main trail.

May 4, 2015
Review: Lots of technical single track beautifully laid out by mt bikers. Absolutely some of the best trails in the east.

Bunny Hop

October 16, 2014
Nicdog33 Bunny Hop  
Review: Hands down one of the best places to ride in the area. Always fun and challenging, you will leave a better rider!!

Harold Parker State Forest MTB Trail 4.70 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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