Northeast MA

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.

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

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

98
Rowley Rd
Boxford  Massachusetts  01921
United States

Easy

65%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

10%

Description

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.

***LOWELL-DRACUT PARKING NOTE!! WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO ALLIVIATE THE PARKING SITUATION ON TROTTING PARK RD. PLEASE PARK AT LEBLANC PARK, 10 GUMPAS RD, IT IS OFF OF WEST MEADOW RD IN LOWELL. PLEASE PULL ALL THE WAY OUT BACK BEHIND THE BALL FIELDS. https://tinyurl.com/ml75vm3***

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

   Let's Ride! Read more about MV NEMBA Tuesday Ladies Ride

Location

Location Varies: Lowell-Dracut, Russell Mill, Elsewhere

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Karen Korza

Northeast MA

Beverly Commons

190 Greenwood Ave
Beverly  Massachusetts  01915
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

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: http://goo.gl/Sg7tEr

Northeast MA

Landlocked Forest, Burlington

Turning Mill Rd
Lexington  Massachusetts  02421
United States
Do not park on grass ~ Be respectful of neighbors

Easy

20%

Moderate

65%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Burlington Landlocked Forest is beautiful open space of forest land and meadows surrounded by suburbia, highways and malls. It's a gem worth preserving and the Friends of the Landlocked Forest are working hard to preserve it. Please treat it with the respect it deserves.

There is parking under the power lines at the corner of Turning Mill Rd and Mountain Rd.

The GPX file will guide you through a good sampling of many of the nicest trails in this lovely parcel.  Read more about Landlocked Forest, Burlington

Local Shops

Cycle Loft

Belmont Wheelworks

JRA Cycles

Papa Wheelies

Ride Studio Cafe

Links to Relevant Resources

GBNEMBA Kids Rides

Monday, May 15, 2017

Let's Get Kids on Bikes!

GBNEMBA presents the 2017 Kids MTB Ride Series.

Mountain Biking is a GREAT way for kids and teens to build strong bodies, build confidence, have a ton of fun and enjoy being outside!

The Kids Rides are designed for children ages 6-15 who can ride without training wheels. Based on the skill levels of the participants, we typically break into two groups: one for kids who have more experience with riding, and a second group for beginners.  All we ask is no training wheels. 
 

No registration is required.  If you have any questions about the Kids Rides please contact Andrea Jones.


NEMBA KIDS RIDE SERIES 2017 SCHEDULE

  • May 6 - Kona GBNEMBA Ride at Middlesex Fells, Medford
  • June 10 - LandLocked Forest (Burlington), Parking at Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington
  • July 16 - 4th Annual Ice-cream ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Aug 19 - Beaver Brook North, Belmont
  • Sept 10 - Kona MVNEMBA Ride at Great Brook Farm, Carlisle
  • Sept 24 -  Ride and post Ice-Cream at Dow Brook Conservation Area, Ipswich
  • Oct 7 - National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, Middlesex Fells, Medford
  • Nov 26 - Toys for Tots Ride, Middlesex Fells, Stoneham

These rides allow children and teens to have fun while enjoying the outdoors and getting some fitness. In addition to learning some biking skills, we teach respect for the parks, trails, and other trail users. The ride will be well staffed and every safety precaution will be observed. Parents are welcome on the ride but not required. Riders must have a serviceable bike, properly fitted helmet, and water for the ride. All riders must wear closed-toed shoes - no flip flops or sandals. Snacks will be provided! Read more about GBNEMBA Kids Rides

MV NEMBA by GratefulTread Northeast MA Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Sep 25 2021 .
3/27/21 9:00am

Saturdays are our “Great Escape” ride. We change locations every week, so it's impossible to pin down exactly where we'll be riding.

Best way is to either email me or be on our group mailing list.

It is generally longer than the weekday rides, about Advanced Beginner and above on the NEMBA scale. It usually starts at 9:00, though that can vary, and can last up to three hours.
 
If you're looking to get an introduction the the Northeast MA, and Southern NH's best riding areas, or just looking for a fun group of people to ride with - join us!
 
Please let me know know that you're coming, David Zizza,   On the rare occasion that no one RSVPs, or in case of inclement weather, the ride may be cancelled.
 
Save time by signing NEMBA's 2021 Annual Waiver ahead of time, but only once.

Location

To Be Decided

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Advanced-novice
Intermediate

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

David Zizza
Phone or text to 617-543-3971

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