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Level: Beginner
Length: 3 mi (4.8 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +40/41 ft
Total: 3 riders

Mountain Biking Howe State Park

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#149 of 221 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#10,834 in the world

There are alot of little trails here, and I've only ridden about half of them. Most are dirtback or ATV tracks and are pretty loose rock. The better ridiing is when you travel away from the lake across a small wooden bridge. After battling uphill on the loose rocks, the riding becomes a bit more fun for a mile or so on the dirtbike tracks, especially the downhill and wall riding. You'll come out on an old fire road. This goes for miles, but there are little trails off and on that you can try out. A fun ride, but nothing extraordinary.

First added by Fitch on Sep 19, 2005. 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 Route 9 in Spencer, turn onto Route 31 South (directly next to the Cumberland Farms and across from the Town Hall). Stay on 31 South for about two miles until you see a small sign on the right for "Spencer State Forest," which is Howe. Go down the windy road past the farm until you come to the park. Parking on the right in the dirt lot is free.
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  • Fitch

    Standing by the statement of Howe working in a pinch. You can get in an hour of riding from the random trails here and there and just exploring. There's no semblance of network or flow, and it wasn't designed as such. The south side has some MTB-friendly trails, but they quickly give way to the frequented dirtbike passages.

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  • Fitch

    If you're going to ride Howe, do it in the spring before the dirtbikes tear it to pieces. Much of the trail and doubletrack is covered in loose rocks, and the climbs and drops are pretty rough due to the 2-wheeled engine beasts! Not really a great ride, but works in a pinch.

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