Gilbertville State Forest - TRAIL

Gilbertville State Forest - Trail, Foxboro, Massachusetts

Good mix of fire roads and single track. Lot's and lots of room to explore in here. You can very easily spend a couple hours and not go on the same trail twice. Some trails are easy fire roads will gravel, some trails are "rock gardens" and only the experienced technical rider should tackle them. Overall, there's something for everyone.

User Reviews (14)

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XyesterdayX   Weekend Warrior [Oct 28, 2012]

Took a chance on riding this park as I had to attend a wedding function in the area earlier in the day. Great intermediate ride on the A and B routes, and most trails easy to follow. The A loop can be done by a novice-- mostly rolling, wider single track/fire road but interspersed with hilly rock garden sections. Trail maps readily available at the base. Good ride, I will be doing it again!
Side note: it is actually called Gilbert Hill, not Gilbertville!!!

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3
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3
Damien   Cross Country Rider [Dec 18, 2011]

I will be riding here around noon on Sat. 12/24/11 and will be driving a tan colored subaru outback. Come join in....

Customer Service

bridle trail to yellow markers

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5
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4
dan carlos   Downhiller [Dec 09, 2011]

gilbert hills is a very sweet set of trails they can be flow full or rock gardens some tree bridges the down hill is pretty fun but pretty technical. on the fire road as you ride up there are trail off shoots every where and i say that if you pick any trail you will be gaurented to have a great ride.

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5
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4
Brian   [Oct 21, 1998]

The loop is great. It has a lot of short climbs and exposed bolders. There is not as much loose gravel as many of the Mass trails have. Riding here will excersise skill more than hillclimbing/endurance. The loop covers mostly narrow winding trail, wide singletrack. There are fireroads but you don't need them much.

Customer Service

The marked mountain biking loop is excellent.

Similar Products Used: Wrentham State Forest is literally across Rt 1 from Gilbert. Both are good, I prefer Gilbert.
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5
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Alex S.   [Nov 21, 1998]

This place is one of the best rides in the RI/S.E. Mass area. Technical, tight, a constant workout. You have to be on your toes here due to rocks. Not much long climbing or descending, but it is very rolling. Gilbert is one of few places where the goal is not to go as fast as possible, but to clean every section without dabbing, although you can go very fast thru some of the smoother sections. Intermediate to advanced only; I've seen lots of beginners struggle and get discouraged on these trails. Once you master the green bike loop (which is very well marked) there are lots more trails to discover here. I have been riding here for three years and I am sure I have not ridden everything it has to offer.

Customer Service

Follow the marked Bike loop your first time

Similar Products Used: Wrentham is VERY close, but more chopped up. Vietnam is also pretty close, but, ummm... don't tell anyone
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5
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Colin   [Dec 10, 1998]

I've ridden all over NE and can honestly say this is in the top 5 easily as far as difficulty and terrain especially. Only some of the big maine and vermont mountains have more and thats because of their enormity. it is easily top 2 in MA in my opinion. Prepare the bike for rocks i.e., inflate(no pinches), little preload and dampening (max travel, lots of h2o, and good padded equipment. beware the motorcycles cause they won't yeild. Ride with a friend the first few times, especialy if your exploring.

Customer Service

follow the marked trail first. be prepared, its ten miles of technical riding that will surely make you think twice about why you bought that stiff aluminum frame. As you look at the trail map, the bottom left quadrant is where all the 'good' stuff is if your looking for hardcore singletrack. Again loosen up those shocks cause you'll need all the cushion they have to offer. been riding it for at least 5 years and still haven't done the whole place yet, i think?

Similar Products Used: Wrentham is cool but it isn't as organizes or maintained, why go here when F.Gilbert is right next door.
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5
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Carl   [Dec 31, 1998]

this place has some good downhills and singletrack. Convenient location. on nice days it can be packed with bikers, hikers, horses, and motoXers.

Customer Service

marked path--LOOP C
6-7 miles first 2-3 are "smooth" with few rocks.
the remainder can be a nightmare, nothing but rocks, and a few streams. be prepared!!

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5
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Pete N.   [Jan 16, 1999]

I rode the marked trail once this year. It was in between some serious rain storms, so there was a lot of water. Made the 10 mile loop very interesting. Also, it keep all the peoply away. I met one person all day. Trail started off fairly easy, but half way into the ride it go very interesting. Very technical, lots of rocks and roots. The climbing was good, but not killer. I can't wait to ride it again.

Customer Service

Marked Bike Loop

Similar Products Used: The Fells and Lynn Woods. Also, there is some sweet stuff in Western MA. Not as technical, but a lot of climbing.
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4
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Dr. Shred   [Mar 16, 1999]

Well, first off the name is F. Gilbert Hills State Forest.

I've been going there for several years - a great, fast technical ride for experienced riders. Beginners can learn good technical skills by doing the loop slowly. But nothing beats blasting through the rocky bermed turns at top speed....hehehehee

Customer Service

The green loop (especially the second half), and some of the yellow motorcycle trails off the main loop

Similar Products Used: Blue Hills, Lynn Woods, Wrentham, Vietnam
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4
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Harry   [Mar 21, 1999]

Probably the best riding in the Boston area--
pure New England riding with babyhead rocks and roots splattered all over the trails. However, nice variety with some singletrack, fireroads, tree surfing, and some moderately technical scary stuff. Lots of places to explore. Can get busy on the weekends, and be nice to the hikers, cuz if they complain alot we lose yet another place to ride.

Similar Products Used: Dogtown (not real close) but you really need ride it once to get "spiritual" and "inspired".
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4
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