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Level: Advanced
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +201/163 ft
Total: 69 riders
 

Mountain Biking Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsborough State Forest

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#115 of 218 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#8127 in the world

Large network of tech trail levels from beginner to advanced

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Barnum ave Lowell to trotting park road gate is at end of the street
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  • charding
    *****

    I love this place and pretty much consider it my home and go-to ride. If you don't have a guide, it can take a few rides to figure out where you're going because it's large and the good singletrack is located mainly in a few sections with fire roads and doubletrack connecting it all. But once you get a route figured out, you can just rip. There are some good technical challenges and a lot of twisty, flowy singletrack (way more than the 10 miles advertised here) built and maintained by NEMBA. The only drawback is the very limited parking area (12-15 cars max), but I've always gotten lucky.

    Regarding issues with locals that Host has mentioned in two reviews, I've never experienced any of that. I've had many interactions with hikers and dog owners and they've all been positive. I've never been attacked, verbally or physically, and no one I know who has ridden there has either. I'm not trying to discount or invalidate Host's experience, just offering my own experience. With that said, I will also say, I don't understand the need to drag a place down with two 1-star ratings to say the same thing.

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  • Host
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    Once again i took a ride here figuring the locals were cooled of since lastime i went got almost whipped with a dog leash and a stick purposely put in my spokes bc i came out of the tight trail to the main trail to fast and the guy flipped on me.yet again this time i ride with my buddy and an older woman mid 50s throws dirt in my buddys face as we drove by bc we startled her dog.these people have to realise bikes are allowed and they dont own the forest.honestly be careful out here.bc these wanna be high class people think they own it and dont except u riding a mountain bike thrue the trails.bc they live near it.they have nothing better to do with there lifes but to harrass inocent people minding there own buiss

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  • Jimmy Christensen
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    Copy and paste the link below for an awesome highlight video from Lowell Dracut State Forest in Lowell, MA. Lowell Dracut State Forest is a hidden gem with over 1100 acres connected by multiple fire roads. The single track is mountain bike specific and there is at least 2-3 hours of riding. Many trails are XC oriented with some cool skinnies, but there are also some sick enduro/jump runs on the back side. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area! I post new videos from different spots in the Northeast every Monday, so be sure to subscribe for more! Link: https://youtu.be/JqP3dIV4jpo

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  • paddycp78
    ****

    It was surprisingly good, fun! A couple technical rock areas but flows great, compared to Harold Parker. Only problem is it is very easy to get lost. Harold Parker was my go to, but had so much more fun here, this is my new home trail!

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  • Host
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    Recently i have been riding in lowell/dracut state forest with a few of buddies for health reasons.but i can not bealive how ignorant and mean people that walk there it is sad because i love the place.had a guy put his arm out and closeline my buddie because he was riding fast and his dog got frightened.they have a court case pending az a result we all witnessed this.now that was the last time i went there but leading up to this we would hit the trails everyweekend and not a day went by that someone was not calling use punks or inconciderate.we even had a dog bite chase us and the woman who owns the dog said we should not have been riding bikes on that trail when remind u the trail we was on was open for biking.i just am so aggravated with this place and the ignorant people there i got into a few screaming matches with other people because we ride in groups there i am 36 years of age and am by far a criminal everytime i go here the people make me feel like i am comiting a crime.i mean every single time we went out for over 6 months straight.if you do decide to go here beward the locals feel like they own it and u will feel not welcome...just a heads up im so done with this place because of the people not the land bc its beautiful.

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  • David L.
    *****

    great mix of trails, smooth, technical, windy switchbacks, good climbs...such a great variety, you never do the same thing for longer than a few minutes. Really has something for everyone. my new favorite spot in the NorthEast

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  • lmkeenan@comcast.net

    Lots of technical single track with Tight switchbacks, roots and rocks. nemba groomed trails are in great shape. Double track trails cut across area and perimeter.

    Only my second time there. Lots more trails to explore.

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  • Brian Hepburn
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    Here's a link to a video I made at LDT StateForest...you have to copy and paste.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2231ux_mountain-biking-lowell-dracut-tyngsboto-state-forest-go-pro-chesty_sport

    Just rode LDT...15 miles of trail riding in about 3 hours. There are some sections here that really contribute to flow and there are some technical areas as well. Same idea as Harold Parker in Andover with fire roads looping and some intermediate to expert singletracks off to the L and R. The singletracks with the most flow in my opinion, are on the right side as you drive in on Trotting Park Rd. Was an enjoyable place and I know there's tons more there to explore. It would be hard to see this whole place in one day of riding. The trails are marked but not particularly well. One could easily get lost here potentially and end up on paved driving roads. Great ride in most areas.

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  • schwei
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    I had the pleasure of riding with one of the guys who helped build some of the trails here and got a nice tour of the place. There is a little bit of something for everyone here, flow, rocks, balance beams, a teeter totter, fast doubletrack and a fun feature called the "wall of death"! You can pretty easily put together a 15 mile ride without riding anything twice. It's a really fun place to ride, if you haven't been there yet, get to it!

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  • rade8u2
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    Another great trail system by NEMBA. Has it all double track, fire roads and the key trails, technical single track. A few fun logs to ride. Really like the one with the ramp up to ride through the roots of a fallen tree then down the trunk to an exit ramp. There is also plenty of rocks to jump around on or jump off of. Only got to ride for a few hours but I will be back.

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  • *****

    Trails are groom weekly and after storms. Great for beginners to hardcore xc riders. Four different areas for parking. Dracut has two,tyngsboro has one and Lowell has one main parking area but sometimes gets over crowded. Good riding and cool people.

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  • Fitch
    ****

    An excellent network of technical yet flowable passages intertwining around 2-3 main fire roads. You more or less drop right into the singletrack to the left of the main gate, and the trails will keep you on your toes with lots of big rollers, rock gardens, and then some tight fast ST. A great ride with a lot of versatility.

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  • *****

    Very good place to ride lots rock farms and rutts along with long single tracks and fire road for beginners

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