Central NH

Central NH

Trescott Water Supply Lands, Hanover

55 Trescott Rd
Hanover  New Hampshire  03755
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

Hanover's Trescott Water Supply Lands are the water source for the town. There are over 13 miles of multiuse trails here, only motorized vehicles and unleashed dogs are prohibited.

The trails are mellow rarely entering the intermediate-hard zone. There are quite a few old doubletracks but mostly you'll be enjoying some really fun trails.

Hanover Trescott abuts the Oak Hill Natural Area and a really big ride can be had by combining both. Read more about Trescott Water Supply Lands, Hanover

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Central NH

Lipfert Forest, Cornish

1399 NH 12A
Cornish  New Hampshire  03745
United States

Easy

50%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Lipfert Forest is a very pleasant place to ride.  You can park at the Cornish/Claremont town line sign on Route 12-A. In all there are over 11 miles of trails here. Some of which connect into the Cornish Town Forest.

These are privately owned trails which, thanks to the generosty of the Lipfert Family are open to the general public. Read more about Lipfert Forest, Cornish

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Central NH

Frenches Ledges, Plainfield

90 Columbus Jordan Rd
Plainfield  New Hampshire  03781
United States
There are three good parking areas.

Easy

25%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

15%

Description

The town of Plainfiled hosts one of the most enjoyable small terail networks in the area. Frenches Ledges and the abuting Farnum trails have over 8 miles of excellent singletrack trails.

The highpoint of the area is the top of Frenches Ledges itself which has a spectacular 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside.

While some of the main trails are marked, you'll discover many unmapped trails as you explore this area. 

The trails are maintained by the Plainfield Trailblazers. A hard copy of the map can be purchased at Plainfield's Meridan Town Hall located at 110 Main St and all proceeds go towards improving the trails.

The best description of the trails is located on the Trail Finder website.

Also check the 3-D virtual tour or MTB Project to get an idea of the topography and climbing involved. Read more about Frenches Ledges, Plainfield

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West Hill Shop

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Central NH

Oak Hill, Hanover

59 Oak Hill Dr
Hanover  New Hampshire  03755
United States

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Oak Hill in Hanover New Hampshire is a long standing popular x-country ski area that also hosts over 16 miles of fun, though easy, mountain bike trails. Oak Hill also abuts Hanover's Trescott Water Supply Lands.

The MTB trails are maintained by the Dartmouth College Mountain Bike Club. Here's their description of the trails.

There are few places in New England that boast so many family friendly trails. Read more about Oak Hill, Hanover

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Central NH

Boston Lots, West Lebanon

434 N Main St
West Lebanon  New Hampshire  03784
United States

Easy

15%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

30%

Description

Lebanon's Boston Lots is an incredible place to ride. Over 30 miles of trails ranging from mellow to meltdown. Easily many days of riding and exploring.

The land manager is Dartmouth College. But the trails are maintained and loved by the Upper Valley Mountain Bike Association who's webpage has an excellent trail description as well as for many other local riding hotspots.

UVMBA is a great group and if you do more than casual riding here it would be a good group to join.

Additional information is at MTB Project.

At 1030' the high point in the Boston Lots is Burnt Hill.  You'll do a lot of climbing, some quite technical to get there. Expect to do some exploring and after a few rides you'll come up with your personal favorite trailsand routes.

Since elevation gain and loss is important here I'd suggest starting  from the "Nature Lot" parking lot located at 287 Mascoma Street and doing most of your climbing on trails like the Burnt Pathway. That way you'll enjoy some fantastic downhills rather tahn walking quite a bit up them.  You can get a waterproof map and some trail suggestions at Mason Racing Cycles and Omer & Bob's both of which are located about 1/2 mile from the trilhead.

Be sure to check out the Kid's & Family trails.  They are perfect for a warm up or a cool down.

You'll be challenged by many of the trails at Boston Lots. Especially if you're going in the wrong direction.

Kids trails, techncal singletrack awesome downhills, lots of VERY well constructed and maintained trails.

There's a lot at Boston Lots.

 

By Bill Boles

  Read more about Boston Lots, West Lebanon

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Central NH

Green Woodlands, Dorchester

1756 NH 118
Dorchester  New Hampshire  03266
United States
NH-118 is also called Dorchester Rd.

Easy

50%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

20%

Description

Green Woodlands consists of 35 square miles of contiguous property all but 20 acres of which is open to the general public.

Currenty there are almost 50 miles of singletracks and doubletracks. Many of the Singletracks have been machine built.

They have a very open recreational use policy and their only charge for using their trail system is "a smile."

Beginning in August 2019, Green Woodlands has initiated a one-year trial to allow Class 1 eMTBs on their trails. This is an exciting development. Here is their announcement:

So, after a good deal of research, discussions with our team as well as other mountain bike organizations, we've decided to move forward with allowing class 1 pedal assist e-bikes on our trails on a pilot basis this year. Class 1 e-bikes are defined as pedal assist only, no throttle, with a max assisted speed of 20 mph. We do ask that you help us by keeping within these guidelines, and help this pilot be successful. Other e-bike classes (eg, throttle based) or motorized vehicles are not allowed on Green Woodlands trails.

Check their Facebook Page for the latest information and trail updates. Read more about Green Woodlands, Dorchester

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Central NH

Cornish Town Forest, Claremont

Paddy Hollow Road
Claremont  New Hampshire  03745
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Cornish Town Forest consists of 270 acres and about 8 miles of trails. 

The trails consist of fun singletracks and a few old logging roads.  

From the top of Wellman's Hill, 1,100' there's a great view of Mt Ascutney.

There are various parking areas as you'll see by looking at the maps. But the best place to park is on Paddy Holloiw Road. From Claremont follow Paddy Hollow north until you get to the Cornish Town Forest.

It should be noted that the town forest is only part of a much larger 1800 acre open space. You will find many other trials in this area including the Lipfert Forest which can be accessed from this same parking lot.

  Read more about Cornish Town Forest, Claremont

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Central NH

Newport Town Forest / The Pinnacle

268 North Main St
Newport  New Hampshire  03773
United States
Park near the track and look for the trails leading into the woods.

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

The Newport Town Forest is an awesome place to ride. The forest's trails connect into a much vaster network of local trails. Expect to do a lot of climbing, and a lot of exploring. 

The 1362 foot summit, The Pinnacle can be reached on an old doubletrack. That doubletrack is best accesed from the Barton & Colt Trailhead. That's loacted in a dirt parking lot on Summer Street just north of house # 183.

Most people park near the Newport Middle / High School and access the trails behind the running track. 

Expect to spend a few day's exploring the Pinnacle and the adjacent trails. 

Much of the trail work and the first map at the top of the page were created by Team Pinnacle. Check out their website for more information on the Newport Town Forest as well as other local riding areas. Read more about Newport Town Forest / The Pinnacle

Central NH

Moody Park, Claremont

152 Maple Ave
Claremont  New Hampshire  03743
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

20%

Description

Moddy Park in Claremont New Hampshire is a really fun place to ride. The park's 325 acres offer about ten miles of trails. Everythng from mild doubletrack to bar gripping downhills. Mountain bikes are welcomed here although large groups, such as in an event, need to get a permit. Read more about Moody Park, Claremont

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Trail Day at Elm Brook 8/26

Date

8/26/18 8:00am to 1:00pm

Please join us on Sunday, August 26, 2018 for the annual trail day at Elm Brook Park in Hopkinton.  We will meet at the Cressey Brook Road trailhead at 8:00 AM.

 

This year’s projects will include:

·         Improving the gravel section of Big Dog that runs along the toe of the dike;

·         Installing a new bridge on the upper section of Big Dog (where there was a vernal pool this spring);

·         Demoing and replacing the failed bridge on Tufkat;

·         Possibly installing the new kiosk at the Cressey Brook Trailhead (the ACoE has ordered kiosks);

·         Improving the approaches to a couple of the bridges on Big Dog; and,

·         Cutting back brush, etc. on the trails that will be used for Pedaling for Payson on 9/15/18.

 

Please let me know if there are any other projects you know of that we should consider tackling. Read more about Trail Day at Elm Brook 8/26

Location

Elm Brook Trails

Chapter

Central NH

Event Leader

Nick Holmes
NHolmes@devinemillimet.com

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