Rattlesnake Hill/Delaney - TRAIL

Rattlesnake Hill/Delaney - Trail, Bolton, Massachusetts

Found this area while traveling down a dead-end street. The trails are natural with not much evidence of heavy foot/bike traffic on the western side. I would classify it as Beg/Int riding with a limited number of technical areas. Pretty flat overall. The western side has a mixture of singletrack and grassy double track. All of the trails are in the woods. The trail system is probably around 7-9 miles total. One cool thing about this system is that its a nice alternative to Callahan state park. If you get turned off by population and excessive dog dirt, Rattlesnake hill is a good destination. If 9 miles is not enough for you, travel 1/2 mile down the road to Delaney Rec area. Delaney offers really cool rollercoaster type single track. Be cautious on the trails around the pond as they tend to attract hikers, horses and dog owners. Having lived near Bolton for 8 years, I never knew these two places existed until recently. They are definitely hidden gems if you live locally.

User Reviews (2)

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tjanson   Racer [Dec 02, 2007]

Rattlesnake Hill is not so great. Too overgrown, too smooth and boring. The old quarry is neat though.

Delaney is so-so. It has little pockets of technical fun but overall it is too far and few between. Too much smooth hammering. Flat.

Customer Service

Delaney: If you start at the parking lot, head out on the cause way. Turn left on the right of the stream for a little fun singletrack. go right up the loose hill, head leaft on the plateau and head into the woods at the southwest corner.

Once you get back to the "middle" if you follow the edge of the resevoir thing, you'll find yourself at a little gravel pit with a really fun crazy loose 40 ft 2 second descent. If you keep following the coast it is semi technical. Once you get o the road, you can explore on the other side (there is a small dirt parking lot). Some fun trails to be found there for sure, but often the fun will end with the trail getting swallowed with swamp.

Similar Products Used: Vaughn Hill / Bower's Spring in Bolton, Stow Town Forest / Garnder Hill in Stow.
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Tim   Cross Country Rider [Jun 30, 2007]

I would have to say Rattlesnake Hill is boring. Too small and too unmaintained.
Delaney is... kinda blah. the south side of the area is generally boring. Everyonce inawhile you get some interesting singletrack or technical section but they are few and far between. One place to check out would be the sandpit in the northern part of the southern section. It's a super steep, sandy descent with tons of baby heads.... you descend 50 feet in 2 seconds or so. The northern part of the park also has some interesting terrain, but most of the trails frustratingly end in the swamp. Delaney is more of a place for a beefy cross bike in opiion

Similar Products Used: Stow Town Forest
Leominster S.F.
Vaughn Hill / Bower's Springs in Bolton
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fvh420   Weekend Warrior [Sep 23, 2005]

I checked out Rattlesnake hill last summer and found the same things the first reviewer found. It was almost as if these trails were forgotten. They were not overgrown or anything, they just had no signs of anyone using them. It did look like someone had recently cut some trails behind the horse farm. There was very little technical terrain. I have not been back since. I just checked out Delany the other day. I only had an hour or so to ride. I found some nice fast roller coaster type stuff with some rooty terrain. There seemed to be more areas in Delany to explore but I did not have time. Does anyone know if this area is worth exploring?

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No clue

Similar Products Used: I usually ride Lynn, Fells, Nam. I live is Stow and have been trying to find some more local riding.
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