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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +229/ -226 ft
Total: 126 riders

Mountain Biking Russell Mill

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#4 of 221 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#983 in the world

Roughly 5 miles of new singletrack added to the existing trail system originally
consisting of a couple miles of old carriage rd and doubletrack by the Merrimack
Valley NEMBA chapter. Russell Mill now sports 7 miles of trails ridden in one
direction with enough connector trails that easily allow much of the system to
be ridden forwards and backwards giving the potential for a 10 to 12 mile ride
just at this site. Trail design ensures the ability to have enough of a different
riding experience doing the same trail in reverse and makes it easy to do so.
Along with the trails there is a pump track on site.

First added by eastwood on Jan 2, 2011. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
130 Mill Rd, Chelmsford From route 3 in Chelmsford take exit 29 and head West. Take your first left on Mill Road and follow it 1.3 miles to the parking lot at the soccor field
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  • Nathan Scanlan

    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.

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  • Jimmy Christensen

    Follow the link below for an awesome highlight video of the Russel Mill Trails. One of my favorite spots around Boston for sure. I also post new videos from different spots around New England every Monday, so be sure to subscribe for more!


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  • Dcb18c5

    One of the best trails in the Northeast part of MA. Short park, but the trails are clean and technical enough for even the seasoned rider to enjoy.

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  • rhino4president

    Really really fun place to ride! Enough terrain to entertain all sorts of riders.

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  • Brian Hepburn

    Would be 5 stars if it were bigger. A 20 mile ride is going to take a lot of repeating the same areas but it's great for being so close. The pump track makes it even better. Easy parking and trail entry. (Soccer fields) Cool views of Russell Mill pond. Close enough to Great Brook Farm where you can easily do both in the same day. This place is made for riders who have 1-3 hours. Would be very hard to get lost here as the trails are well marked. Thanks NEMBA!

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  • schwei

    This place is small, but really sweet! They did a really good job using the space to get as many trails in the small area as they could. It's pretty typical NE riding, rocky and rooty, but it's not too technical. There is a small pump track that is fun for a warm up and/or cool down. There is a ton of parking at the soccer fields, and it's typically pretty busy in the evening, because it's a great place to hit a short ride after work! If you live close it's certainly worth checking out!

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  • Fitch

    NEMBA has been busy - trails are in great shape for spring and some features have had work. A few berms have been built up, too. Go ride!

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  • Maksymilian Pizzochero

    Love the trail! didn't know i lived like two miles from it until now. I wish I found it earlier. The Pump track is my favorite feature

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  • rade8u2

    Great place to ride for a few hours. Trails have features in both directions making great use of a small area. As you pedal up one trail you are thinking can't wait to go back down as you pass features designed for opposite direction. Seems to get a lot of use, not crowded on weeknight but weekend? Some fun technical features and pretty good drops. Trails are very well marked but would be tuff to get lost in such a small area. Nemba did a very good job with a small area

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  • *****

    Well mark , easy to find trail

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  • Fitch

    Make sure you ride Wild Turkey both ways, and I loved climbing Upper White Owl! Sweet ride on the way down. Great way to kill 2 hours. I just wish it were bigger, but there's a lot to enjoy.

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  • Fitch

    This is some killer riding in Massachusetts. The ground itself is relatively smooth, but the layout of the trails allows natural features (logs, rocks, etc) to really spice up the ride withs some technical challenges. There are a few big hit placements if that's your thing, and the trails are easy to follow and the markings are great. Kudos to NEMBA and the local riders for making this place such a haven!

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  • eastwood   ✓ supporter

    Amazing pristine trails!! Trails are color coded and easy to follow. Big thanks to the folks maintaining them! Great use of natural features (boulders, log rides, and wall crossings - Orange) to add some technical challenge here and there. There is some super tight twisty stuff out there (Yellow). A lot of fun to be had for sure. The pump track is a sweet addition as well.

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  • dills84

    Great trail, I ride here on a daily basis. Its right near my house and ideal for when I don't have a lot of time. Maintained by some real great people! nice technical areas. Good stunts for beginners to learn on, and some advanced stunts for avid riders. Nice downhills. Give the yellow trail a go!

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  • PK1

    Great singletrack! Trails are well built, well maintained, and well marked. Some great flow. Technical features added to mix it up. And the pump track is a sweet bonus!* Review edited 4/24/2011

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