Douglas State Forest - TRAIL

Douglas State Forest - Trail, Douglas, Massachusetts

From the upper lot go to the gate at the far corner from where you entered. Follow this wide single track past a small field on your right, and continue until you see the right for the Coffee House Loop. Take right on Coffee House Loop (intermediate to advanced singletrack). Continue on this trail over a pair of wooden bridges. After the second wooden bridge there is a barely detectable right hand turn where the Coffee House Lopp continues. Do NOT take this right. Continue straight. You will cross a cinder trail (Southern New England Trunkline Trail). Continue straight on this singletrack until you hit a wide fire road on your left. Take this left and follow up (and up and up and up) the dirt road. You will cross an intersection with another fire road and continue up. At the top of the hill you'll reach a gate just before a (newly) paved road. Cross the road and take the left option. Follow this singletrack to the "T" intersection at the end. Take a left onto a wide singletrack and follow this until you hit the raod again. Back over the road and into a kick ass down hill (the same hill you just came up on the fire road), technical, rocky singletrack. Pick your line wisely or you will be walking that beautiful piece of equipment. At the bottom of the single track take a left onto a fire road. At the intersection with another fire road take a right and fly down more of the same hill you just went up. At the bottom of the hill take a right and backtrack to the cinder trail. When you hit the cinder trail you can continue back onto the Coffee House from whence you came or tak a left on the cinder trail (which sucks, but is brief) and then take your first right onto a wide trail that will bring you back to the entrance road to the park. There are plenty of other trails throughout the forest so explore a bit if you like. This is the first trail I learned well at Douglas and is still a favorite with me. There are two other (free) trailheads in the forest. One on Rte 16 and the other on Wallis St. Enjoy!

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Self Motivated   Racer [Mar 23, 2010]

Douglas State Forest is pretty big when you combine the adjacent management areas. It's close to 10,000 acres! I recommend parking at the trailhead right on Rte 16 and heading down the midstate trail (North or South) for starters. Stay off the Schmidt trail, unless you like loose sandy gravel with no technical challenge other than maintaining headway on loose sandy gravel! As others have mentioned, it is very technical in some areas. There is a unbelievably horrible rockfest of a trail heading south - on the right side. Avoid this one unless you have total faith in your fillings. Virtually endless rock gardens with no flow.

Customer Service

Midstate for starters - then go exploring. There is a newer trail towards the south east side that had to have been built by Mountain Bikers - tight, technical and fun. To the north on the West side there is an awesome section that includes something of a mini canyon / quarry - massive fun here - a rock incline that stands about 12' @ about a 45º incline. Further south - you can head over to the Cedar Swamp - entry on one side is tricky as heck (slimy steep rocks with a few ledges to trip you up) - this place is big - too big to explore in one day!

Similar Products Used: Rayburn, Gilbert State Forest, Nam and my secret location in RI.
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rawdog montana   Cross Country Rider [May 09, 2004]

For the first time rider this is a technical trail. The consistency of rock and boulders will test most biker’s skill level. The climbs are moderate, but technical, so go easy. My thinking on this ride was to take it slow, spin, try to see my line and gear up and down accordingly. Once I found my comfort level with my spin it helped with my downhill. Its rocky and grabby so pay attention to your seat position and don't be tense. The trail was beautiful. There were a lot of sloppy water passages, which created a little extra fun and mud. You’ll roll over several sections of board walk bridges that take you thru the cedar forest which was breathe taking. This ride will beat you up a little, so be ready for anything. Carry a good supply of tools, water and goo, because for a 12.5-mile ride it could take an afternoon. There were several sections where I needed to get off and walk, which makes me want to go back. Insurance is only as good as the provider, but missing an entire season due to ego is still missing an entire season.

Customer Service

coffee house loop into the cedar forest

Similar Products Used: new to the area. Hook me up with ideas?
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rilda01   Weekend Warrior [Apr 13, 2004]

here is a review from Andrew for Boston: There is some excellent riding here (the other reviewer that said it's too hard should stick to rails-to-trails). For a real challenge, find the North/South Trail that heads down in to Rhode Island. Slick, mossy rocks that don't get much traffic. You will eventually hit a fire road that heads west/north to a pond. Head back east on either another fire road or motorcycle-cut singletrack. There is more fun stuff around the tristate marker. Douglass park rangers and workers have always been nice to mt bikers. could have said it better my self! The Tri-State marker is quite a sight, and the downhill trail leaving it is a 45 degree test of faith. Plenty of riding here. easily could spend hours in this park. Spring time will turn a rock trail into a 8 inch river. The Mid-State Trail covers most of the fun. There are a few wooden bridges to get across swamp/river area. Once you get to the RI-MA border (marked by a engraved stone) take take trail into RI. use the motorcycle-cut trails. The fire roads offer little excitment. As a beginner the rocky parts kick my ass. but I still come back for more!

Customer Service

Park at RT 16 Mid-State Trail head. head south on the Mid-State. cross at least one paved road. most of the loop trails can be found after crossing the S.N.E.T (old rail trail).

Similar Products Used: Hodges Village Dam & Buffumville Lake and Park, Oxford
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Dave Ceppetelli   [Aug 12, 1999]

There are many trails in the forest. The best way to get around is to get a map of the trail system. Follow the route recommended by the author of this trail. Get a map and explore. There is some nice singletrack (east half of coffeehouse loop) and lots of techy rocky sections (west half of coffehouse loop). If you reallu enjoy crawling over rocky sections that will rattle your fillings, try the trail furthest west on the map just south of Rt 16 (webster rd) long andd rocky!) Overall a good change of pace and a great place to hone your technical riding skills.

Similar Products Used: Hodges Village Dam, Oxford...Buffumville Lake and Park, Oxford (just as technical in places as Douglas if you like that type of terrain)
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steve   [Oct 04, 1999]

if you start at the trailhead that i mentioned above, CROSS rt16 and ride the midstate trail north (follow yellow triangles painted on trees). that trail by itself is pretty good, but it crosses other trails that are equally as good. some climbs and downhills, nothing too hairy, tho most is pretty technical and rideable. you can also take midstate trail south from parking area and do that trail network mentioned above. all in all a fun ride. a good place to hone riding skills.

Customer Service

on rt16 there is a trailhead. i usually park there. its marked and has a board with map on it.

Similar Products Used: buffumville reservoir and hodges village/greenbriar area
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Kev   [Jan 24, 2000]

I've ridden quite a bit of the Douglas State Forest and like the section adjacent to the Whitinsville Rez the best. There are many loops available in this area though except for the Midstate Trail, none are marked. there is an excellent swimming hole on the rez about a five minute ride from where you park your car by the rez.

Customer Service

Trails near the Whitinsville Rez. Park at the gate by the rez.

Similar Products Used: There is another area to the north past Manchaug that I have yet to ride, anyone know anything about the area that is bordered by Rt 146 to the east, purgatory park to the north and the road to Manchaug to the south?
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joe   [Jun 22, 2001]

follow midstae trial. lots of rock sections. some stuff cant ride cuz too rocky. lots of bridges downhills rocks roots logs and sand bridges walls mud. theres too much sand on the fireroads wich makes it hard to ride. real fun thouh. good trail to check out

Customer Service

find a single track and go!

Similar Products Used: rutland
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Chris   [Aug 08, 2002]

These trails are great, excelent tecnical single track. A real challenge for even experienced riders. No one who has never mountain biked before should attempt to ride some sections of these trails. It is great for someone who feals comfortable on a bike and can handle really rough terrain. I dont recomend it to absolute beginers.

Customer Service

Mid State from Rt. 16 down to the Douglas and the tri-state marker

Similar Products Used: Coffe House Loop
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Mark   [Aug 23, 2002]

This place sucks! I've been mt biking for close to 7 years, I went to DSF 1 month ago and it was the undisputed worst biking experience of my life! There are so many rocks that you actually have to pedal down hills! Its like being in a rock traffic jam. It took us close to 2 hours to ride 6 miles, and we are far from being beginners. Unless there are better trails, I do NOT recommend this trail to anyone unless they want to ride 2 mph and get beat up by the trail for a couple hours.

Customer Service

Don't even go!

Similar Products Used: Rayburn, Auburn dump area, Douglas State Forest(Ya right)
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Andrew   [Aug 26, 2002]

There is some excellent riding here (the other reviewer that said it's too hard should stick to rails-to-trails). For a real challenge, find the North/South Trail that heads down in to Rhode Island. Slick, mossy rocks that don't get much traffic. You will eventually hit a fire road that heads west/north to a pond. Head back east on either another fire road or motorcycle-cut singletrack. There is more fun stuff around the tristate marker.

Douglass park rangers and workers have always been nice to mt bikers.

Customer Service

Follow Midstate trail to the unmapped trails west and southwest of the park.

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