Central MA

Central MA

Pearl Hill & Willard Brook, Townsend

105 New Fitchburg Rd
Townsend  Massachusetts  01474
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

65%

Difficult

15%

Description

Pearl Hill State Park abuts Willard Brook State Forest.

At 3600 acres and with nearly 40 miles of trails the two DCR properties contain an almost unlimited amount of trails to ride.

In addition there's camping fishing and swimming to round your day or stay.

The trails range from quite mellow flowing singletrack, to intermediate level singletrack with a lot of abrupt short climbs. 

There are a few quite challenging trails as well.

The address above, 105 New Fitchburg Road is for the main parking lot and trailhead on the east side of the complex.

Additional parking, on the west side is at 599 Main St in West Twonsend.

If you're used to endless rock fields on your rides you'll find that most of the trails here are surprisingly rock free.

Expect to enjoy yourself and to return often.

 

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PV NEMBA Sawmill Trail Day

Date

5/7/22 10:00pm

Saturday, May 7th, 9:00am-12pm

Location: Sawmill Hills, Northampton, MA- Colonel Lavalee entrance (off Spring Street)

Leaders: Jeff Fowler and Sam Veggeberg

Sawmill lovers! Come show your trail system some love. Whether you are an experienced trail builder or totally new to trail work, we need your help.

The main work will be a new section of single track on Ice House. Jeff Fowler will pre-mark a longer sweeping section to be worked in.

Tools to bring (if you have them- we'll also have some NEMBA tools to use): Hand saws, rakes, shovels, and loppers are all good to bring

Email Sam (sveggeberg@nemba.org) with questions.

Wear sturdy + comfortable clothes, work gloves (or riding gloves) and hiking or work boots if you have them.

Bring water, snacks, and a few layers; a backpack will be helpful!

All participants will need to fill out the NEMBA waiver (once per year): https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

Rain date is May 8th

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Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Trail

Event Leader

Sam Veggeberg
sveggeberg@nemba.org

PV NEMBA DAR Trail Day

Date

4/30/22 10:00am

Saturday, April 30th, 10:00am

Location: DAR State Forest, Ranger Station off Moore Hill Road

Leader: Phil Pless

DAR's turn for trail love. Whether you are an experienced trail builder or totally new to trail work, we need your help.

Work will focus on trail clean up and rerouting around mud pits.

Tools to bring (if you have them- we'll also have some NEMBA tools to use): Hand saws, rakes, shovels, and loppers are all good to bring

Email Phil Pless (ppless@nemba.org) with questions.

Wear sturdy + comfortable clothes, work gloves (or riding gloves) and hiking or work boots if you have them. Bring water, snacks, and a few layers; a backpack will be helpful!

All participants will need to fill out the NEMBA waiver (but only once per year): https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5ee3b647520b5/kiosk/

Updates will be posted to this Facebook Page   DAR Trail Day

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Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Phil Pless
ppless@nemba.org

PV NEMBA Ride Leader Training

Date

4/28/22 5:30pm

Thursday, April 28th, 5:30-7pm

Location: Chmura Road Trailhead, Earl's Trails, Hadley, MA

Leaders: Sara Draper and Kait Kehoe

Interested in leading group rides, but not sure where to start? Want to chat with others about best practices and get planning help? Join PV NEMBA for a ride leader training!

We'll cover planning, safety, creating good vibes, and more.

This is a collaborative training- bring your own experience and help create the kind of rides you want to see.

Bring a camp chair, something to write with, and your usual ride setup (bike, gear, water, etc.). We'll ride together afterward if conditions are good.

Please RSVP to Sara so we know how many to expect. draper.s88@gmail.com

Rain location will be at Hampshire College if needed.

Updates will be posted this Facebook Page,  PV NEMBA Ride Leader Training

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Chapter

Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Sara Draper
draper.s88@gmail.com

PV NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

3/24/22 7:00pm

PV NEMBA Virtual Chapter Meeting

Please join us for a virtual Spring chapter meeting this Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 PM.

We will be talking Spring trail days and cleanup, a new beginner ride series, State recreation designation changes, the conclusion of the Northfield mountain relicensing agreement and a discussion on the recent DCR special commission report and what it could mean for improved access on DCR properties.

Sam Veggeberg, President - PV NEMBA

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/zwe-sxgn-rrg

Or dial: +1 470-268-2235 PIN: 891 908 923#

More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/zwe-sxgn-rrg?pin=7287180237453

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Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Sam Veggeberg
sveggeberg@nemba.org

Support An Office of Outdoor Recreation

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

NEMBA is joining the Appalachian Mountain Club in an effort to create an Outdoor Recreation Office

                   See AMC's note below.

State Senator Adam Hinds has introduced a budget amendment to create and staff an Office of Outdoor Recreation with a $200,000 allocation. And this week is the time to ask our Senators to co-sponsor and support this amendment.

Specifically, this is an amendment to the FY23 budget proposed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The Massachusetts Senate begins debate on the budget in one week, on May 24.

Attached is an updated fact sheet about the need and purpose of an Office of Outdoor Recreation, focused on this budget amendment.

Please take a moment contact your Senators this week and ask them to co-sponsor and support Amendment #94. Please email or call this week.  Phone calls are much more effective.

In your message, share why high quality recreation opportunities are important– for health, for our economy, our quality of life, and the reasons that matter most to you.

You can find your Senator’s contact information at https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

Spread the word, and if you have any questions or would like more information at this point, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Best,

Heather

Heather Clish    ">

Senior Director Conservation & Recreation Policy

Appalachian Mountain Club

     Here's more information.

Photo: Paula Champagne

Support a Massachusetts Outdoor Recreation Office

Senate Budget Amendment #9

 

Overview

Senate Budget Amendment #94, led by Senator Adam Hinds, would establish an office focused on outdoor recreation within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) to support, promote and market outdoor recreational activities available throughout the state. The office would stimulate economic development and improve the quality of life, health, and well-being of residents and visitors to the Commonwealth. Amendment #94 would allocate $200,000 to hire staff, create communications materials, and kick off the body of work described below.

Outdoor Recreation In Massachusetts

Outdoor recreation is a significant driver of the Massachusetts economy, with $10.5 billion annually in added value to the state’s GDP, directly supporting 114,000 jobs, and $5.5 billion in wages and salaries.[1] It’s a factor in healthy living in both urban and rural communities, and new residents and businesses are attracted to places with high quality outdoor recreation.

Across the state, Massachusetts has a wealth of year-round outdoor recreational opportunities that go hand-in-hand with our commitment to protecting and preserving natural resources and special places. Yet many residents and visitors do not know about the opportunities available to them nor the beautiful places they have yet to discover.

What is an Office of Outdoor Recreation?

With this amendment, Massachusetts would join 17 states, including New Hampshire and Maine, in establishing a statewide Office of Outdoor Recreation to collaborate with stakeholders from the travel, tourism and health industries as well as business leaders, public officials and non-profits focused on economic development and conservation to promote and improve outdoor recreation activities across the state and grow the Massachusetts recreation economy.

An Office of Outdoor Recreation would:

  • Assist EEA and its departments and programs in developing and updating long-term plans, regional initiatives, and priorities for improving public access to outdoor recreational activities to benefit people of all ages, abilities, and socioeconomic levels.
  • Collaborate with the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Department of Public Health, and outdoor recreation and natural resource stakeholders to advance outdoor recreation opportunities, projects and programs.
  • Establish the outdoor recreation economy as an asset to the long-term growth of the state and help grow this segment of the state's economy.
  • Connect outdoor recreation programs to the general public, assist in developing outdoor recreation management strategies, and promote the health, social and economic benefits of outdoor recreation, with a focus on Environmental Justice Populations.
  • Report annually on the status of outdoor recreation in Massachusetts to assist in shaping future policies.

We hope you will please join the below endorsing organizations by supporting Senate Budget Amendment #94:

 

 

Organizations Endorsing an Act to Establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation

 

 

Adventure East

American Whitewater

Appalachian Mountain Club

Big City Mountaineers

Connecticut River Conservancy

East Coast Greenway Alliance

Environmental League of Massachusetts

Friends of the Blue Hills

Friends of the Mystic to Charles

Kestrel Land Trust

L.L. Bean

Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust

Mass Audubon

Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition

Massachusetts Environmental Education Society

Mass Central Rail Trail Coalition

Massachusetts Conservation Voters

Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition

Mass Rivers Alliance

New Balance

New England Mountain Bike Association

Outdoor Afro

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

REI

Rising Tide Associates

Seven Hills Wheelmen

The Nature Conservancy

The Trustees of Reservations

Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area

Vibram

Western Massachusetts Climbers Coalition

WalkBike Springfield

Wareham Land Trust

Zoar Outdoor Adventure Resort

 

 

[1] U.S. Dept. of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis 2019 report. See https://outdoorindustry.org/state/massachusetts

PR NEMBA Chapter Meeting

Date

2/16/22 6:00pm

Our next chapter meeting will be held Wednesday February 16th at 6:00pm at Orono Brewing Company, located at 61 Margin St, Orono, ME.

Join us at 6:00pm on the balcony for socializing over food and beer before the meeting is called to order at 6:30pm.

 

The meeting agenda thus far is as follows and is subject to change:

 

-Accept January minutes

-Treasurers report

-Chris report on UM meeting

-Mud season sign production

-Winter grooming updates

-Spring trail work/events

-PRNEMBA contact index

-Volunteer tracking incoming

-Open discussion

-Set March meeting date

 

We hope to see you there!
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Chapter

Penobscot Region

Event Leader

Carson Carney
ccarney@nemba.org

Ware River Watershed Meeting

Date

3/10/22 7:00pm

                        Ware Watershed Zoom Meeting

This will be an important meeting in the process of determining the future of trail access in the Ware River Watershed.

More information is on this Facebook Page. Which will be updated as we get closer to the date.

Hope to see you there.

                    History of Access issues in the Watershed

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Chapter

Wachusett

Event Leader

Brett Russ
bruss@nemba.org

PV NEMBA Fatbike February Ride Series

Date

2/5/22 10:00am to 2/26/22 2:00pm

Pioneer Valley NEMBA Fatbike February Series

Series Description:

Fatbike February Series

 

Grab your layers, fatbike, and sense of adventure- Fatbike February is back!

 

Saturday 2/5 10am: DAR State Park

Sunday 2/13 10am: Canal Trails

Sunday 2/20 10am: Stump Sprouts

Saturday 2/26 10am: Hawley

 

These are all-conditions rides and we won't reschedule or cancel unless the roads are unsafe or the trails will be damaged. This means it could be a slog, could be icy, or could be a blast... either way you should join! Keep an eye on the individual event pages for conditions updates, especially re: studs or potential skinny-compatible conditions.

 

Each ride will offer several options for distance/difficulty, and all are no-drop. Reach out if you’d like to help lead/sweep a ride group!

 

To save yourself time at the trailhead, fill out the ride waiver online here: https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029 Bonus: You only need to fill it out once a year! We’ll also provide a few paper waivers for those who need them.

 

We would love for you to join us, so make sure your membership is up to date for the year and come enjoy this awesome ride series put on by PV NEMBA.

 

Contact:

Sara Draper

or message on PV NEMBA Facebook page

 

 

 

Fatbike February: DAR State Park

Saturday 2/5 10am

All Levels Ride

 

Grab your layers, fatbike, and sense of adventure- Fatbike February is back!

 

First up is DAR. We’ll meet at the main parking area on Moore Hill Road. Fingers crossed the cold weather holds and we can get in an epic lake ride.

 

Each ride will offer several options for distance/difficulty, and all are no-drop. Reach out if you’d like to help lead/sweep a ride group!

 

This is an all-conditions ride and we won't reschedule or cancel unless the roads are unsafe or the trails will be damaged. This means it could be a slog, could be icy, or could be a blast... either way you should join! Keep an eye on the event page for conditions updates, especially re: studs or potential skinny-compatible conditions.

 

To save yourself some time (and save you chilly fingers), you can fill out the ride waiver online here: https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029 Bonus: You only need to fill it out once a year!

We’ll also provide a few paper waivers for those who need them.

 

We would love for you to join us, so make sure your membership is up to date and come enjoy this awesome ride series put on by PV NEMBA.

 

Contact:

Sara Draper

or message on PV NEMBA Facebook page

 

 

 

 

Fatbike February: Canal Trails

Sunday 2/13 10am

All Levels Ride

 

Grab your layers, fatbike, and sense of adventure- Fatbike February is back!

 

The Canal Trails are fast, flow, and fairly flat (though there are some short steep pitches for the thrill seekers). We’ll meet at the main parking area on North Washington Street. Parking is very tight here, so PLEASE CARPOOL or park at the southern lot further down North Liberty Street and ride over.

 

There will be several options for distance/difficulty, and all rides are no-drop. Reach out if you’d like to help lead/sweep a ride group!

 

This is an all-conditions ride and we won't reschedule or cancel unless the roads are unsafe or the trails will be damaged. This means it could be a slog, could be icy, or could be a blast... either way you should join! Keep an eye on the event page for conditions updates, especially re: studs or potential skinny-compatible conditions.

 

To save yourself some time (and save you chilly fingers), you can fill out the ride waiver online here: https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029 Bonus: You only need to fill it out once a year!

We’ll also provide a few paper waivers for those who need them.

 

We would love for you to join us, so make sure your membership is up to date and come enjoy this awesome ride series put on by PV NEMBA.

 

Contact:

Sara Draper

or message on PV NEMBA Facebook page

 

 

 

 

Fatbike February: Sawmill Hills

Sunday 2/20 10am

All Levels Ride

 

Grab your layers, fatbike, and sense of adventure- Fatbike February is back!

 

Sawmill in the winter is faster, flowier, and less technical thanks to the snow-covered rocks. Come check out the cooler side of this bike destination.

 

We’ll meet at the main parking area on Colonel Lavalley Road. Parking is very tight here, so PLEASE CARPOOL or park over by Chartpak and ride over (<5min ride).

 

There will be several options for distance/difficulty, and all rides are no-drop. Reach out if you’d like to help lead/sweep a ride group!

 

This is an all-conditions ride and we won't reschedule or cancel unless the roads are unsafe or the trails will be damaged. This means it could be a slog, could be icy, or could be a blast... either way you should join! Keep an eye on the event page for conditions updates, especially re: studs or potential skinny-compatible conditions.

 

To save yourself some time (and save you chilly fingers), you can fill out the ride waiver online here: https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029 Bonus: You only need to fill it out once a year!

We’ll also provide a few paper waivers for those who need them.

 

We would love for you to join us, so make sure your membership is up to date and come enjoy this awesome ride series put on by PV NEMBA.

 

Contact:

Sara Draper

or message on PV NEMBA Facebook page

 

 

 

 

Fatbike February: Hawley

Saturday 2/26 10am

All Levels Ride

 

Grab your layers, fatbike, and sense of adventure- Fatbike February is back!

 

Finish out February in the hills. Hawley offers some of the best snowy singletrack around, plus well-groomed snowmobile trails for when you need a tech break.

 

We’ll meet at the main parking area (Hawley Fire Department on Plainfield Road). Parking is tight, so PLEASE CARPOOL!

 

There will be several options for distance/difficulty, and all rides are no-drop. Reach out if you’d like to help lead/sweep a ride group!

 

This is an all-conditions ride and we won't reschedule or cancel unless the roads are unsafe or the trails will be damaged. This means it could be a slog, could be icy, or could be a blast... either way you should join! Keep an eye on the event page for conditions updates, especially re: studs or potential skinny-compatible conditions.

 

To save yourself some time (and save you chilly fingers), you can fill out the ride waiver online here: https://smartwaiver.com/splash/17029 Bonus: You only need to fill it out once a year!

We’ll also provide a few paper waivers for those who need them.

 

We would love for you to join us, so make sure your membership is up to date and come enjoy this awesome ride series put on by PV NEMBA.

 

Contact:

Sara Draper

or message on PV NEMBA Facebook page

 

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Pioneer Valley

Event Leader

Sara Draper
draper.s88@gmail.com

PV NEMBA Fatbike February Dubuke SF Ride

Event Date

2/26/22 10:00am

PV NEMBA Fatbike February Series

Kenneth Dubuque State Forest

Pioneer Valley NEMBA will be hosting 4 Fatbike February Rides.

The fourth is in the Kenneth Dubuque State Forest in Hawley.

The ride is open to everyone. You don't have to be a member of NEMBA to attend.

But everone must sign NEMBA's 2022 Waiver ahead of time.

  Full details and uodates will be posted to this Facebook Page.

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State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

All Levels

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Sara Draper

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