Northeast MA

NEMBA COVID Guidance for Rides & Trail Care Events

Friday, April 9, 2021

NEMBA COVID recommendations for NEMBA rides & trail care sessions


As the warm weather approaches and trails dry out, we recognize that there is an increased demand for group rides and trail work days. Please consider the guidelines below, as well as the state by state guidelines, when organizing and hosting a group ride, trail care event, or other event. We all want to ride bikes, let’s just do it safely!


Key Takeaways:

  • Follow state & local guidelines (see links below as these change frequently)

  • Ensure you have a participant list with contact information in case contract tracing efforts are needed. This is a requirement.

  • Try to keep groups to 10 or less. Split larger groups as necessary. 

  • Wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

  • Respect the wishes of volunteers who request a more strict approach. Every individual has their own risk tolerance.

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver.

  • Email with information of any upcoming events.

  • Very importantly, all guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status.



Out of an abundance of caution most NEMBA chapters put a hold on Trail Care days and Group Rides as the Covid-19 Pandemic escalated. As vaccination efforts continue, and studies suggest extremely low transmission rates while outdoors, NEMBA looks forward to resuming trail work days and group rides. Recently, it seems like everyday one or more of the New England states relax their recommendations and guidelines. Their overriding concern though, of course, is still safety. NEMBA must follow at least the minimum guidelines set by each state. But these state guidelines vary in their directives. So, we have developed recommendations that support the cautious resumption of group rides and trail care sessions. See state by state restrictions at the links below.


NEMBA Recommendations for Group Rides

  • Group rides are allowed in all New England states. The permitted size of those groups varies. NEMBA is recommending group sizes of 10 people or less. When more than 10 people are expected our recommendation would be to divide up into smaller groups. This reduces interruptions to other trail users and helps keep things safe and fun. But we leave it to local chapters and their ride leaders to determine what is best for them.

  • If you anticipate more than 10 attendees to a ride, break into smaller groups and physically disperse the groups (example: direct one group to the north end of the parking area, the other to the south etc. Or, plan different meet-up locations for the groups. Your goal is to avoid creating a large congregation of people in the same area)

  • NEMBA requires using some method of rider registration or participant recording so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. Please record the name and phone or email for each participant. 

NEMBA offers Eventbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is just one option. Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the ride. 

  • Maintaining at least 2 bike lengths between each rider ensures physical distancing.

  • If the ride stops for any reason, encourage social distancing there as well and mask up.

  • Wear masks when gathering (at the start of the ride, working on a trailside repair, etc.)

  • Ride with a mask at the ready so that you can quickly put it on if you come across other trail users where you can’t maintain a social distance of at least 6’. Or better yet, leave it on. While a mask is primarily a courtesy to others, it also provides protection for you.

  • Exaggerate your courtesy to other trail users. When encountering other trail users, slow down or stop and move off the trail to provide room for people to pass and maintain social distance. Say hello, but give everyone space.

  • For now, don’t linger together in groups before or after rides. We can get our “social” back on when the pandemic diminishes further. This also means no social food gatherings after rides for now.

  • Try not to overwhelm a riding area. If a riding area is busy, try to find an alternate time or location to ride.

  • Respect parking regulations. Parking has become a problem at many riding areas due to the influx of new trail users. If a parking area is full, find another legal place to park.

  • We leave it to local chapters to decide what is best for their area and the comfort level of their ride leaders.

  • Bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Most states require providing sanitizing materials at events.

  • Volunteers and participants should remain home if not feeling well, if they have received a positive COVID test, or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

  • All the above health and safety guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status

  • When a NEMBA chapter wants to schedule a group ride, send an email to . That way your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

  • All participants must also sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver


Currently, larger group events (MBAS, etc) are on hold. Some chapters have begun planning for fall 2021, but most states currently restrict large events. Further guidelines will be developed as needed to accommodate for larger events.


NEMBA Recommendations for Trail Care Events

  • Limiting trail care groups to 10 people or less. If a larger group shows up, please split into small groups. Ensure there are enough volunteer leaders to manage demand.

  • NEMBA requires using some method of participant recording so that in the event of needing to track an individual’s contacts, you can provide that information. Please record the name and phone or email for each participant.

NEMBA offers Evenbrite registration, with a Covid-19 questionnaire for any individual or chapter that wishes to use it. But Eventbrite is just one option. Many chapters just keep a record of attendees. Either by pre-signing up people or taking names and email addresses at the ride.

  • Embrace social distancing. Spread out and work on different parts of the trails.

  • Wear a mask, especially when it is not possible to maintain at least 6’ of distance between participants.

  • Bring hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, etc. Encourage participants to bring their own gloves and tools if possible. Minimize the sharing of tools, and clean between use.

  • Advance sign up or, events run by invitation only, could be used to put limits on numbers.

  • Minimize pre- and post- event socializing. This also means no social food gatherings after trail care events for now.

  • Volunteers and participants should remain home if not feeling well, if they have received a positive COVID test, or if they have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.

  • All the above health and safety guidelines still apply irregardless of any individual’s vaccination status

  • If your NEMBA chapter wants to sponsor a Trail Care Event send an email to . This will ensure that your event will be covered by NEMBA’s insurance.

  • All participants must sign the NEMBA Annual Waiver


State by State Guidance 

Connecticut Covid Response          CT DEEP Response

Maine Covid-19 Response             Maine Bureau of Parks

Massachusetts Covid-19                Mass DCR Guidance

New Hampshire Covid-19              NH State Parks

Rhode Island Covid Information     RI DEM Guidance

Vermont Covid-19 Guidance          VT State Parks


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NS NEMBA Chapter Meeting


3/18/21 7:30pm

NS NEMBA Zoom Chapter Meeting

North Shore NEMBA will be having it's March chapter meeting Thursday evening at 7:30 PM.

Time to start planning for the spring! If you attended the last Zoom meeting you will be forwarded the link.

NSNEMBA agenda 3/18/21

Approve minutes from November meeting

Treasurer Report

Membership: new app, and benefits

Chapter communications update

Bike park updates

Snow Dog update

Wicked Ride of the East 10/31/2021

Trail markings Willowdale

Spring trail projects (suggestions)

Group rides schedule, need ride leaders

Hope to see you there.  We've got a lot going on.

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North Shore

Event Leader

Frank Lane

The wicked Ride of the East


10/31/21 9:00am to 4:00pm

The One, the Only, the WICKED RIDE is back for 2021!

North Shore NEMBA has made this event into one of New England’s "must-do" mountain biking events, and it's a great final gathering of mountain bikers before the snow begins to fly. This year we’ll showcase the best trails “Harold Parka” has to offer, not so coincidentally built by North Shure NEMBA's trail building gurus.

Get ready to LOCK 'N LOAD – SUNDAY, October 31st!

Live Music!     Great Food!      Awesome Raffle!     “Best-In-Show” Prizes

Details to follow. Read more about The wicked Ride of the East


North Shore


Event Leader

Frank Lane

Metrowest MA

Southeast MA

Northeast MA

Bay Circuit Trail

1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport  Massachusetts  01950
United States








The Bay Circuit Trail

The Bay Circuit Trail, formerly known as the Bay Circuit Path is about 230 miles long. Although this changes constantly due to land ownership changes and new opportunities. It runs from Newburyport's Plum Island to Duxbury's Harbor running through 38 towns and linking 57 Greater Boston communities.

Most responsible for today's Bay Circuit Trail is Alan French, a North Andover resident, who working with a host of volunteers created, planned, marked and most importantly got permissions for mouch of what we now enjoy.

Today the trail is managed by the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Trusttes of Reservations.

   Little know fact: The "original" Bay Circuit Path, in the early part of the 20th century, was conceived of as a motorway linking pastoral unpaved roadways for automobile use. The world has certainly changed since then.

The Bay Circuit Trail is mostly located between the Route 495 and 128 Beltways, It runs from sea leavel to sea level with a maximum elevation of 602 feet at Nobscot Hll in Framingham Some sections of the trail are on pavement, but the majority of it is trail.

The trail passes through an almost innuerable number of conservation parcels, parks and State forests.

Most of the Bay Circuit Trail is open to bikes. But there are a few exceptions. 

   One exception is the Nobscot Scout Reservation on Sudbury and Framingham. This includes most of the of the section of the trail between Brimstone Lane and Route 20 and includes both Nobscot Hill & Tipping Rock. The biking alternate is going north on Bay Circuit trail is north (downhill) on Brimstone Lane and east on Route 20.  Going South, from Tippling Rock Trailhead, go west on Route 20 and south (uphill) on Brimstone Lane.

   Other exceptions include certain trails on Sudbury Valley Trustees properties and Audubon's Moose Hill Sanctuary in Sharon.

NEMBA has a long history of volunteerism on the Bay Circuit.  To see a list of these type Bay Circuit into the search box at the top of this page.

    Riding the Bay Circuit Trail

Most people riding in their favorite areas in this corridor observe Bay Circuit Trail markers. But few people try to ride the whole thng. Check the maps. You may find that you can link a few of your favorite riding areas using trails that you've nvere explored. Many times people will park vehicles at two places on the Trail and ride between them. Over time they may ride the whole thing. I am aware of a few pwople who have done the whole thing, with the exceeption of a few no-bike restrictions, in one ride. But, they normally do some rough camping or stay at motels along the way.

When exploring the Bay Circuit Trail you'll go through many conservation areas and pass an uncountable number to trail junctions. Giving you a perfect opportiunity to explore.

The map at the top of the page links you to the Newburyport, or northern end of the trail at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Here's a more detailed MAP.

The southern end is located at the Bay Farm Preserve located at 55 Loring Street in Dxbury.  You'll fid a map of this area HERE. Note: You can actually do a loop ride at this end of the trail 


BCT-Map-2017 Section Hiking the Bay Circuit Trail - Section Hikers Backpacking Blog Bay Circuit Trail


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Fells MTB Guidelines

Attention Fells Mountain Bikers

DCR has asked us to remind the riding community about some important rules around mountain biking in the Fells. GBNEMBA encourages every rider in the Fells to respect and follow them.

Please ride only on trails open for multi-use (this includes mountain biking). These are the main singletrack trails open for mountain biking:

1. The Mountain Bike Loop (the green trail)

2. The Reservoir Trail (the orange trail)

Additionally, there are many trails that are listed as “Forest Ways” on the official DCR map for the Fells that are designated multi-use (see exceptions below).

Please do not ride on the following trails (or in these designated areas) as they are walking/hiking only:

  1. The Skyline Trail (the white trail)
  1. Virginia Woods area
  2. Long Pond area

In addition, GBNEMBA encourages all Fells trail users to follow these best practices when recreating in the Fells:

  1. Stay on trail – don’t wander off trail
  1. Don’t modify or build trails without DCR permission
  2. Don’t walk or ride around wet spots – go through them. Going around makes the trail wider
  3. Don’t line trails with sticks. Sticks will keep water on the trails and make the trails look less natural
  4. Be aware of when trails are soft and consider staying off the trails. Walking or riding on soft trails causes lasting damage.
  5. Have positive trail interactions – greet other trail users!
  6. Get involved with trail stewardship at the Fells. Work with GBNEMBA on trail maintenance days or contact DCR for other trail stewardship opportunities.

Thank you for helping to keep mountain biking a positive recreation activity in the Fells!

  Read more about Fells MTB Guidelines

Northeast MA

Georgetown-Rowley State Forest

20 Pingree Farm Rd
Georgetown  Massachusetts  01833
United States
Drive as far as you can on Pingree road and park.








Georgetown-Rowley State Forest at 1000 acres hosts miles of interesting trails. It is one of only two state forests in Massachusetts that is split by an highway, Route 95, and connected by a trail bridge. The other being The Blue Hills Reservation, Route 24.

If Georgetown-Rowley's trail aren't enough you can easily connect them to Cleaveland Farm State Forest, Willowdale State Forest and Bradley Palmer State Forest. That would be enough riding to force most people to get a motel room.

The trails at Georgetown-Rowley range from easy degrading doubletracks to fun but not too challenging singletracks. It would be difficult to ride Georgetown-Rowley's trails in any consistant order. So expect to do some exploring.

With experience, you'll be able to put together an awesome ride that you'll no doubt share with your friends. Read more about Georgetown-Rowley State Forest

Local Shops

The Bicycle Shop of Topsfield

Seaside Cycles

Pedalin' Fools Mobile Bicycle Service

Buchika's Ski & Bike

Decarolis Cycling

Links to Relevant Resources

Northeast MA

Cleaveland Farm State Forest, Boxford

Rowley Rd
Boxford  Massachusetts  01921
United States








Cleaveland Farm State Forest is a small DCR parcel that is laced with trails. For some unknown reason it's not mentioned on the Department of Conservation and Recreation's website. But it should be. That's because Cleaveland Farm is located right between the western portion of the Willowdale State Forest and the Georgetown Rowley State Forest. In fact if you explore Cleveland's trails it's pretty hard not to drift into one or the other forests.

The trails at Cleaveland are for the most part smooth flowing singletracks. In the Southern corner of Cleaveland you'll enter the Perkins Conservation area. The trails heer are much more technically difficult.

Enter the trails from any of the many trailheads along Rowley Road and you won't be disappointed. It will take you quite a while to explore all of its trail connections. But it will be worth it. Read more about Cleaveland Farm State Forest, Boxford

Local Shops

The Bicycle Shop of Topsfield

Seaside Cycle

Pedalin' Fools Mobile Bicycle Service

Buchika's Ski & Bike

Decarplis Cycling

Links to Relevant Resources

MV NEMBA Tuesday Ladies Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Tuesday 30 times .
6/1/20 6:00pm

Note: This ride series will resume in June.  Contact the ride's leader for more information.

The MVNEMBA Womens Ride is designed for women who are already familiar with riding a mountain bike on technical trails.

The pace will be determined by how many riders show up and their skill levels. This ride is all about fun and being out in the woods playing. Locations vary, so find out the latest at MV NEMBA's Facebook Group or contact the ride leader.

You must be 18 years or older to join the ride, unless you are accompanied by a guardian who is on the ride.

The rides will alternate between the Lowell Dracut State Forest and Russell Mill - Billerica State Forest

We have a no drop policy.

Karen Korza,  will lead the intermediate group, while Lon Hohberger,  will lead the Advanced Novice ride.

  Contact them for details on this week's ride or any questions that you might have.


Find out the latest by joining MV NEMBA's Facebook page.

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Location Varies: Lowell-Dracut, Russell Mill, Elsewhere




Ride Types

Ride Style


Ride Leader Name

Karen Korza

Northeast MA

Beverly Commons

190 Greenwood Ave
Beverly  Massachusetts  01915
United States








Beverly Commons, commonly known as “Greenwood” among area mountain bikers, has great technical riding and a remote felling for a place so surrounded by civilization. At only 126 acres you’d think that there wouldn’t be enough riding here to make it worthwhile. But if you did, you’d be wrong.

Though tightly packed the trails meander through the woods through high ground and low, some difficult and others smooth and flowy. With few exceptions all of the trails are just as much fun in both directions.

About those low areas. North Shore NEMBA has been working hard to avoid boggy areas, building bridges and doing minor trail re-alignments. Beverly Commons has a lot of vernal pools and efforts have been made to steer clear of them.

In 2014 NS NEMBA, working with the town, built a sizable new trail. It consists of a dry loop on the east side of the Commons where an existing trail made an extended tour through a swamp. The new trail was designed to be rocky, wild and challenging. There was a considerable amount of tread work done to insure that the trail wouldn’t degrade over time. It’s a prime example of trail building best practices.

The best place to park is at the end of Greenwood Ave at the trailhead.  Parking along Greenwood is also available but please respect the neighbors driveways, mailboxes, etc.

How did Beverly Commons come to exist in this heavily developed area? It appears that the name goes back to colonial times when it was used as a transportation route between north shore communities such as Salem and Gloucester. Like many other “common” lands it was an important source of firewood, lumber, building stones and was used as a common pasture for cows and sheep. Until population pressure and land clearing drove them away it was used by area hunters to stock their larders with deer, moose, cottontail rabbits, turkeys and other edible game.

Much as the early settlers did you’ll enjoy Beverly Commons. Though you’re ‘game’ will be the hunt of trails rather than food for your table.


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Local Shops

Bicycle Shop of Topsfield

Cycle Loft

Seaside Cycle

Pedalin' Fools Mobile Bicycle Services

Decarolis Cycling

Links to Relevant Resources

LLF Parking Update - OK to Park at Estabrook School on Weekends

Thursday, April 30, 2015

LLF Parking update: The Town of Lexington has approved parking at the Estabrook School on weekends for Landlocked Forest access. This is great news as it will reduce the volume at the powerlines lot during its highest-use times. Please consider parking there first if you are planning on riding LLF. It is a very short ride from there to the powerlines entrance of LLF. Thanks for helping us reduce congestion at the powerlines lot!

It also goes without saying that we need to respect the school property, please no changing kit in public there especially, please help keep it clean and tidy and probably also a good idea to use the parking farthest from the school entrance.

Link to driving directions to the school: