Dow Brook Conservation Area, Ipswich
There are many numerous trails around the area, there is one main loop with trails verging off leading to other towns, and more trails. Right in the center of the main loop, there is a hill with three trails leading up/down it, one easy, one hard and one unrideable, going up, if you were to go down it, that's another story. The trails are nice and they meander along the town resevoirs, (swimming is prohibited) and out along numerous hills. the trails are mostly doubletrack, but offer many technical areas due to fallen trees and rocks strewn about, it's a really nice place for an afternoon ride.
On route 1A heading north, out of town, travel about three miles, at the intersection with Mile Lane, at the infamous "Clam Box", a really nice fried food restaurant, turn left onto Mile Lane. Park at the ballfield parking lot about 3/4 mile down Mile Lane. Ride the loop on the map and then explore the trails that you encounter.
All trails are open to bicycles. No swimming in the resevoirs. The woods of Willowdale State forest are a short ride away behind Doyon School, on Linebrook Road.
By Jarrod Bartlett