May 16, 2018
Russell Mill is a great step up from its neighbor, Billerica State Forest. If I was to make an analogy, Russell Mill would be like the younger (but more aggressive) brother of BSF. It is a short trail system, but, oh, it is a freakin' killer trail - and besides, bigger doesn't always mean better (unless we are talking about Harold Parker). There's a gnarly pump track near the entrance, and the whole trail network is like a clone of BSF on steroids. However, even though it's a smaller park, BSF had parts that werent technical at all. Here at Russell, there is no such thing as a non-technical trail. It is literally all the sharp turns, rocks and boulders, and hills from BSF but even a bit better. Some people say it's not very technical, but that's their opinion. Overall, if you really want to step your game up, visit Russell next. Do not make this one of your first trails if you are new to mountain biking, though.
Billerica State Forest