Harold Parker State Forest

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35
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↑ 1,900 ft
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96
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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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  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
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  • 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.

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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.

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Gramcounter

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Granny Gear

June 12, 2016
liss Granny Gear  
 
Review: Beautiful ride

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Gramcounter

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.

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

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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!!

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Bunny Hop

July 22, 2014
 
Review: I can easily give this place 5 stars because of it's ability to appeal to any type of rider. The large fire road that loops around almost the whole park is in itself a pretty nice ride with some good climbing spots. Then when you venture off the fire road you are in for the most technical riding in the area. I completely agree with the other reviewers who recommend bringing extra tubes, etc. It is also a little easier to get lost in a place this big so bring a map. The yellow diamond trail is one of the most interesting and fun trails I've seen. I couldn't even do the whole thing without getting off the bike a few times. All in all this place is a gem.

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Gnarly

June 7, 2014
schwei Gnarly  
 
Review: I really dig this place! It is an interesting combination of really rocky and flowy that I found to be really entertaining! Although there isn't much overall elevation change here is plenty of riding here to keep you entertained for a solid day of riding. Just make sure you bring your big boy pants, because this place is a technical challenge! I haven't made it through the whole park yet, but the yellow diamond trail has been the standout so far!

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Harold Parker State Forest MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 20 ratings. 20 user reviews.
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