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Level: Advanced
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +170/ -176 ft
Total: 8 riders

Mountain Biking Vaughn Hill/bower Spring Trail System(s)

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#88 of 223 mountain bike trails in Massachusetts
#5,560 in the world

I've been looking around the internet and have barely seen anything about
Vaughn Hill or the various trails that connect to it.

I've been biking these trails for close to 8 years now and I've been
extremely frequently riding them for the last two.

There are multiple entrances to the vaughn hill trails network and some of
them have formal parking lots while others do not. You can also reach the
trails by parking at the Bower Springs conservation area parking lot and
biking about a half mile.

As for the Vaughn Hill itself, assuming you want to reach the top, which is
called "North Peak", you're in for a really fun but extremely challenging ride
up no matter which way you hit it from. BUT, once you get to the top you're
in for a SICK ride down assuming you have a decent bike. (I ride a
cannondale jekyll 800 - lefty shock and fox rear susp) its nothing fancy).
The downhill that begins from the top is very fast, steep, and if you want it
to be, can be VERY EXTREME. There are routes from the top that can be
taken which can result in about 3-6 minutes of what is essentially
continuous shredding downhill. (which is rare to find in MA, and especially
rare to find no one on it, which is the case almost ALWAYS).

I have a feeling that someone with a true downhill or freeride bike would
honestly find the ride down to be awesome. There are some spots that
could be made into huge drops with a small bunny hop. I have had a few
3'-5' hits on my short travel bike.

I could honestly go on and on about how sick this trail and the surrounding
trail systems are for days.

If you're in the area and aren't going to mess anything up or litter, check it

Regardless of which way you go down from the summit of vaughn hill, also
known as 'north peak' it is going to be a good fast downhill. BUT, my
personal favorite is to go down the back side of the peak, towards bower
springs, but then take a sharp left once the first downhill ends and continue
to begin another series of intense downhills. It's hard to explain but this
trail system is a must ride to be honest.

If I had more money to spend I would definitely buy a sick all mountain or
free ride bike and absolutely tear it up.

First added by slove on Feb 15, 2012. Last updated May 4, 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
Access: There are four main access points to this Conservation area:
Woodside Drive, Bare Hill Road, Green Road (across from the intersection of
Nourse Road) and Vaughn Hill Road. The Woodside Drive and Vaughn Hill
Road entrances also have parking areas.
Description: Vaughn Hills is one of the highest elevation areas between
Boston and Wachusett Mountain, offering panoramic mountain vistas. Trails
also traverse pine forests, follow creeks and streams, abut beaver dams,
ponds and open meadows. Hiking can be extended into Bower Springs via
trailheads on Bare Hill Road.

Bower Springs
Access: There is parking at and access at the end of Flanagan Road in
Bolton. Trail connections can be made off Bare Hill Road for those coming
from the Vaughn Hill Conservation Area. Vaughn Hill CA Map
Description: Bower Springs is one of Bolton’s most popular conservation
areas due to the scenic ponds, flat grassy fields suitable for picnicking and
well distinguished trails connecting on to the Vaughn Hill/Hansen
conservation areas, another popular area with miles of scenic trails. No
swimming is permitted in the ponds except by the Tom Denney Nature
Camp during the summer months. Bluebirds are attracted to this property
and can be seen perched on the nest boxes that were constructed by a
local 4-H group.

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