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Trail of Tears Shooting Range

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Do you want to continue to keep the West Barnstable Conservation Area quiet and safe for biking?  We need your help! A group of concerned citizens are working to keep the shooting range (located on the north side of the West Barnstable Conservation Area) closed. 

The Town of Barnstable wants to re-open the range as soon as it can (it's been closed since Dec 2012).  A few trails will be closed to make a "buffer zone" from the shooting ranges. 

If you are concerned about this and might be willing to write an email or make a phone call, or, if you just want to learn more about what's going on regarding efforts to keep the Conservation Area safe for ALL passive recreation, send a note to and we'll get right back to you!  Thanks!

At the October 16th Barnstable Town Council meeting the Council voted to put off consideration of this issue until January 22nd.    http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/home2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37638&Itemid=152

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SE Mass NEMBA Super Eight Destination Ride Series

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SEMASS NEMBA presents 2014 "The Super 8 Destination Ride Series"

Join the Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association for a series of guided mountain bike rides in 8 different locations.

Each location we visit will feature multiple guided rides for all skill levels led by locals to the trails to give you a feel for the type of riding at that particular park .

This years locations and dates are:
  Tentative Dates Location/Event
1 May 10 Wompatuck State Park (Hingham)
2 June 29 Freetown-Fall River State Forest - Ibis Demo Day
3 August 17 Borderland State Park (Easton)
4  October 19 Massasoit State Park (Taunton)
5 November 16 Ames Nowell State Park (Abington)
6 Date TBA Adams Farm
7 November 28 F Gilbert Hills State Forest- ‘Turkey Burner’ Brunch Ride
8 December 14 Blue Hills Reservation (Milton) - ‘Toys’ Ride

Check back for updates on the rides.  Links will be provided as soon as details are available.

Sandy Neck Beach Fat Tire Policy

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sandy Neck, Barnstable Beach Fat Tire Policy

A web page for access information for folks that want to ride on Sandy Neck Beach has been created. 

As Fat Tire Bikes continue to grow in popularity, the challenge is going to be to keep riders educated during the summer (shorebird nesting) seasons.  It is during this time (April through September) that areas of the beach will be closed to many types of recreational activates (including biking) as required by state and federal endangered species protection laws.  Within these closed sections there can potentially be hundreds of tern and plover nests/chicks that are camouflaged almost completely with sand.  I would suggest that mountain bikers check this web site and this Public Service pdf prior to each visit as the closed areas will change over the season. 

Also, it goes without saying (but we will say it nevertheless) fat tire bikes must stay on open marked trails.

After and before nesting season, usually from sometime in September to sometime in May, (though that can vary significantly), most established trails are open to bikes. But, as always there's never any riding on the dunes.

Check the  Fat Tire Bike information page for updates.



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SE MASS NEMBA 2014 Weekly Rides

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Announcing SE Mass NEMBA's weekly rides for 2014. Please follow the links for details as well as the ride leader's contact information.


Sunday
Rotating through Southeastern MA (9am) - Intermediate XC

Monday
Foxboro/Borderland (5:45pm) - Intermediate

Tuesday
Foxboro (6pm) - Intermediate
Quincy - Urban All Levels

Wednesday
Rotating SE MASS or Cape Cod (9am) - Advanced Novice
Wompatuck (5:45pm) - Intermediate

Thursday
Foxboro (6pm) - Advanced Intermediate
Kingston (6pm) - Novice

Saturday
Massasoit (6:45am) - All Levels
Wompatuck (9am) - All Levels

Cape Cod NEMBA Saturday Mellow Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Saturday 50 times .
3/5/22 (All day)

Saturday Mellow Rides are designed to be fun.


They are low key follow-the-leader rides where the goal is to get out and enjoy the woods rather than race through them.

The trails we ride are usually easy and this is a perfect ride for people with developing skills, kids and families and people getting back into riding after a break.

from adderall We normally ride for about 1.5 to 2 hours and we stop frequently to catch our breath, or, if desired, occasionally we'll practice a skill.

Better riders will enjoy these rides as recovery rides or to just cruise around in the woods without pressure.

Saturday Mellow rides will happen frequently on Saturdays. But only when I know people are coming.

You can register for these rides HERE!

I'll respond on the day before the ride with the location, time and directions.
by phentermin

  Questions?   

   Non-NEMBA members are welcome, but also need to register.

 

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Location

TBD, Cape Cod or SE MAss

Chapter

State

Massachusetts

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Bill Boles

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West Barnstable Conservation Area

1590 Race Lane
Barnstable  Massachusetts  02648
United States

Easy

25%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

15%

Description

The West Barnstable Conservation Area is one of Cape Cod treasures and one of its prime riding areas. It's a 1200 acre parcel of conservation land in the village of West Barnstable. The main recreation focus is multi-use and revolves around mt.biking, hiking, trail running and cross country skiing. Hunting is allowed in season. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

This area is very atypical for Cape Cod vegetation. American beech, Red oak, Sassafras, White pine, and American holly make up most of the tree canopy. The understory consists of Sweetfern, Bayberry, Greenbriar, Spirea, and low bush blueberry, to name a few.

Management of the West Barnstable Conservation Area falls under the Barnstable Conservation Commission and the Barnstable Land Management Committee. However, most decisions are made by the Barnstable Land management Committee which is a non-regulatory board.

There is approximately 21 miles of singletrack that wind throughout the West Barnstable Conservation Area. The majority of singletrack is short and steep with some very twisted sections. Though the trails are not very technical, they’re full of short steep climbs which make for a great aerobic roller coaster ride.

Maps are available through the Conservation Department and at the top of this page. Cape Cod NEMBA has built a scenic overlook in this area as well as naming and marking the trails with signs. 

The trails were originally a 9 mile enduro motorcycle loop back in the 70's It is now a meticulously maintained and marked with over 20 miles of singletrack trails. Fire roads and fields add to the diversity. In the early 80's a couple of local legends, Doug Jordan and Art Hastings grabbed their Univega Alpha Unos and attempted those motorcycle trails which were straight-up-and-down-over-the-bars-rear-tire-skidding steep. At the end of 9 miles with tears in their eyes and many bruises, they called the area the "Trail of Tears". A name that has faded with time and the many improvements that Cape Cor NEMBA and the town of Barnstable have made over the years. Now the trails are mostly a pleasant fast rolling challenge. Although there many areas to ride on the Cape, the West Barnstable Conservation Area is one of the best.

How to get there:

The parking lot is located just off exit 5 on the mid-cape highway, Route 6. From the East take a right off the exit then another right. That is the Service Road. If you're coming from the East turn left at the end of the exit ramp and then turn right on the Service Road. Parking is approximately 300 yards down on the left. Start here and your ride begins with hills.

Another parking lot is located at 1590 Race Lane on the South side of the conservation area. From exit 5 head south on Route 149 until you get to a small rotary. Turn right on Race Lane and follow it for just under two miles. You'll see the parking area in the woods on your right where Farmersville Road intersects with Race Lane. Start here and your ride begins on flat singletrack.

How to volunteer to care for this park:

Cape Cod NEMBA does regular trail care of the trails and works with Barnstable's Conservation Commission to protect and preserve this trail system. Contact Cape Cod NEMBA to find out about the next trail care event.

Walker Point Trail Mountain Bike Trail, West Barnstable, Massachusetts West Barnstable Conservation Area Mountain Bike Trail in West Barnstable,  Massachusetts - Directions, Maps, Photos, and Reviews Mountain Biking & MTB Trails: Trail of Tears / West Barnstable MA -  www.bikebarnracing.com - Whitman, MA - 781.447.7223 Best trails in West Barnstable Conservation Area, Massachusetts | AllTrails

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Wrentham State Forest

700 Taunton St
Wrentham  Massachusetts  02093
United States

508 543-5850

Easy

15%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

45%

Description

The Wrentham State Forest in Southeastern Massachusetts is laced with an almost uncountable number of motorcycle type singletracks, jeep trails, and a few slightly maintained forest service roads. Wrentham does not have a campground, lake, river or even a headquarters building. Just 1,064 acres of well drained, lightly hilled woodland trails. The forest is the center of most of the areas hunting activity. One special feature unique to Wrentham is a single-track under Route 495. But more on that later. Wrentham State Forest is actually a part of the F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, which has three sections that are located in the towns of Foxboro, Wrentham and Franklin.

The DCR's Wrentham State Forest handout map does not show 50% of the existing trails that are in use. This means that you will have a great time getting yourself lost and found while you explore. Just remember the forest is bisected by Route 495 which runs from East to West and by Taunton Street which runs from North to South. Any paved road that you come upon other than Taunton Street is outside of the forest. And that knowledge, along with the DCR map and the map below, is all you need to have a great ride.

For your first ride at Wrentham, start at the main parking lot located at 700 Taunton Street. Enter the woods behind the lot and keeping the traffic noise on your left, try to ride all of the trails that are closest to the highway fence as you proceed West. When you reach the paved road, (Route 1A), you will be out of the forest. Retrace your route to the first jeep road that heads left (North) and ride the most defined trails as you head back towards the start. At the minimum this will net you 4 miles of single-track on your Eastern leg and at least 6 on your way back. With this brief introduction to the forest you're ready to explore. And explore you will. The side trails will lead you to additional single-tracks, and so on...

For your second ride cross Taunton Street and enter the woods behind the large Wrentham State Forest sign. Turn left or right at the first intersection - and explore.  Oh! The forest's motorcycle trail is marked with yellow arrows. It's quite difficult in spots, but offers a good introduction to the forest.

There is another section of the forest just South of Route 495.The easiest way to get there is to head South on Taunton Street until you cross over Route 495. Then take your next right on George Street and follow any of the trails leading off George Street on your right or your left.

Now for the surprise. Remember that drainage culvert you noticed along your way West? It leads under route 495 and connects to the trails in the Southern portion of the forest. Try it! Although the inside of the pipe is a little slippery, it is ridable. And it's a kick being under the traffic for a change.

Continuing on, the jeep trails on the South side of the forest lead to a vast array of motorcycle, jeep and ATV trails that run through Plainfield, Attleborough, North Attleborough and even into Rhode Island. Bring along a local town road map to help you find a quick way back to your start.

Riding in Wretham will test your limits. Not many hills, and not much mud, but the difficult, technical single tracks seem to go on forever, and in fact much farther than you will. Why not find out for yourself?

Directions:

The Wrentham State Forest parking lot and trailhead is located on Taunton Street in the center of the forest, and it usually has a copy of the 'good' map on its signboard. To get there head South from the intersections of routes 495 and 1 and take a right on Route 152 (Taunton Street) towards Wrentham. After you go over Route 495, look for the parking lot on your left.

Cautions:

It's easy to get lost here. Bring a copy of the map with you, and if all else fails, listen for highway noise. You'll never be too far from Route 495 or a paved road.  During hunting season expect to find hunters.  (There's no hunting in Massachusetts on Sundays.)

Map: This map was drawn by local rider Pete Lewis. It shows most of the forest's trails.

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World's End, Hingham

250 Martins Lane
Hingham  Massachusetts  02043
United States

781-740-6665

Easy

90%

Moderate

10%

Difficult

0%

Description

World's End is a 251 acre Trustees of Reservations property located on two islands and a peninsula that jut into the southern end of Boston Harbor. It is unique in that while it consists of islands, they are easily accessible from land. The trails consist of around 5 miles of old woods roads and dirt roads, all of which are open to bikes. Bikes are not allowed on the few, short singletracks.  The trails meander through stands of trees as they traverse four drumlins. They are gentle, rolling and a little hilly. A great place to go for a relaxed ride. Or, it could be the perfect place to introduce kids or new riders to mountain biking. On a hot, humid summer's day  World's End is normally refreshingly cool.    

World's End is noted for its scenic beauty. Jutting as it does into Boston Harbor it abounds in breathtaking views of the southern end of the harbor. Two windmills, used to generate electricity for the town of Hull are visible from the hilltops, and are quite stunning.  A walk on the shore will yield numerous varieties of seashells and you should see some Horseshoe Crabs in the water.  World's end would be ideal for a family picnic, especially if you bring bikes. Ive kayacked from the parking lot many times and the views of Hingham and Boston Harbor are spectacular.

No advanced skills are required to ride here, and all family members should enjoy themselves. I enjoy riding at World's End as it's the only place that I know of where I can be on my mountain bike, enjoying trails, while at the same time be surrounded by salt water.

Directions:

From the north or south: Take Route 3 to exit 14 and head North towards Hingham for about 7 miles. Turn left on route 3A and follow it for about .5 miles. Turn right onto Summer Street. Go straight across a main intersection with Rockland Street. The road will become Martin's Lane. Follow it for 0.7 mile until it dead ends at the entrance and parking area. World's End is open from 8:00 am to sunset every day.

Cautions:

Adults are charged a $4.50 day use fee, although TTOR members and kids get in for free. You'll probably see lots of pedestrians, kids and dogs. Also, yield to equestrians if you see any.

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Wompatuck State Park, Hingham

197 Union St
Hingham  Massachusetts  02043
United States

781 749-7160

Easy

30%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

20%

Description

Wompatuck State Park in Hingham Massachusetts offers an extremely varied riding experience to area mountain bikers.

Wompautuck is bisected by Union Street. In the past most of the off road bicycling was done on the right side of Union Street where the majority of the park's unbroken woodland exists. But, over the years the park's staff, aided by NEMBA and area mountain bikers, has been hard at work creating an entirely new network of singletrack trails on the left side of the park in some areas recently reacquired by the State.

`Wompy' as the locals refer to it, is a great place to ride. It contains the greatest number and variety of singletracks in the close-to-Boston-south area.

NEW: There is an interactive map of Wompy's trails. Open this map in your phone and click on "show my position" from the dropdown menu and you'll see where you are in the park. There are also pre-planned routes and other features that you can enjoy.

Some of the singletracks, especially the newer ones, are fast and swoopy. While some of the others remind one of long distance trials sections. The latter are constantly busy as you never seem to go in a straight line for more than 50 feet or so, and never seem to stop hopping logs, dodging trees or riding over rocks.

Prospect Hill is the largest hill in the forest. It has 5 routes to the top, four of which are singletracks. And one of these has the longest section of switchbacked singletrack in the state.

One of the old singletracks has been closed however. It seems that this singletrack went right through the middle of an area that, unknown to anyone, had unexploded land mines. While riding on this trail was a real blast, straying off of it could have caused another kind of blast. (This area has been fenced off and after a lot of work is certified as mine free.)
 
There is an interractive map created by the Friends of Wompatuck and SE MA NEMBA. Copy it to your smartphone and You'll be able to "see" exactly where you are in the park as well as track your progress. The heart healthy trail as well as the last Landmine Classic route are pre-loaded. 
 
Wompy has a large campground with 450 sites. There's a 10 mile paved bicycle trail that is also a favorite of area roller bladers. And many miles of additional, flat, automobile free paved roads that attract familes with young children.

The water from Mt Blue Spring is unsurpassed on the South Shore, and best of all, it's free.

Wompy has hosted a great mountain bike race every year since 1997. It's called The Landmine Classic and is the primary fundraiser for the Firends of Wompatuck.

Wompatuck is one of the sites in the NEMBA Trail Care Series. In addition to building bridges and erosion control projects, like the state's, 'longest switchback trail', TCS volunteers are actively involved in creating that extensive system of new singletrack as well as bridges like the most recent one pictured here.      

Wompatuck State Park abuts Cohasset's Whitney Thayer Woods, a Trustees of Reservations property that allows mountain biking on a network of well maintained gravel paths. One of Wompy's trails leads right into Whitney Thayer, and covering both areas on the same day would make for a very lengthy ride.

Wompy's trails can be wet in early spring. (For a better riding experience, you're better off heading further south during mud season, like for instance to Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth/Carver Mass.)

In the winter cross country skiiers and snowmobilers abound at Wompatuck. Snowmobiles have free reign in the left portion of the forest while most skiers stay on the right.

No matter what the season, Wompy's trails are used by a lot of different kinds of trail users. So expect to meet a lot of non-bikers out on the trails.

Wompatuck State Park was originally created to house a World War II munitions depot. Farm and forest lands in the towns of Hingham and Cohasset were bought up by the Government and the existing residents were displaced.

After the war a large portion of the depot was returned to the State and turned into a state park. Many miles of paved `depot roads' still lace the park especially on the left side. Additionally lots of cement ammunition bunkers and revetments dot the landscape. In recent years more land has been returned to the State as the Federal Government continues to clean up hazardous waste.

Even with the remnants of all of this military development Wompatuck has a lot of trails. Check out this link for some pictures showing the historical military remnants still to be found in Wompatuck.

If you live in the close-to-Boston-south area, you already know about the Wompatuck State Park. If you don't, it's a good place to check out. It's also the site of quite a few of the South Shore rides in Southeast Mass NEMBA's Fun Ride series.

Note: Wompatuck abuts the Whitney Thayer Woods, another great place to ride.

Directions:

To get there, leave route 3 at exit 14 in Norwell and head north towards Hingham. Go for about 3 miles and turn right on Free Street. Follow Free Street to Union Street at the Forest's entrance.

Copies of the Friends of Wompatuck's map are at the park's Visitor's Center which is on your right about 1,000 yards in from the front gate.

Check the NEMBA homepage for upcoming Trail Care Series dates. The norm is that we start at 8:30, work until around noon, grab a snack, and then go for a ride. Why not join us?

New Park Entrance:

There is now a new entrance to Wompatuck State Park. Located at 387 Grove Street in Norwell. There's a large parking lot and a tril leading into the park.

Facebook Pages:

The Friends of Wompatuck have a Facebook Page with a lot of current information.

There is also a separate Wompatuck Facebook Page.

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