Long Trail - Trail, Goshen, Massachusetts

Long Trail - Trail, Goshen, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

The trail starts out very narrow with many roots and rocks. The trails starts to widen up a bit once you get to the campers beach. The Trail stays wide for a short time and gets narrow and very bumpy with many rocks and roots. Later there are many steep climbs that lead to the campers area. The trail goes on pavement for a short time until there is another trail enterance that takes you to the fire tower. The trail goes down hill a little bit. A muddy area is at the bottom. After the bridge you begin to go up hill for about 2 miles and it's very rocky. The last climb to the fire tower is very steep and imposible because of many boulders. The fire tower is welcome to everyone and going back down is the funnest part about the trail.

USER REVIEWS

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[May 04, 2007]
SuperbMan
Cross Country Rider

I'm a big fan of the D.A.R State Forest-and though I love all the Nemba built trails-I have a special fondness for this older trail in this fine network of great trails. The Long trail is beautiful, very rocky, mildly hilly, often slippery (the NEMBA bridges are fantastic...but beware on damp days just the same!!!)-I consider it to be the far end of 'xc' riding-It's all rideable--in both directions-just be on your game. The New Moos Run Trail (NEMBA built) that loops off of it is a great, challenging cruiser-make sure to ride it--but I also advise doubling back on the long trail to hit the sections Moose Run bypasses-they're hard-but wonderful!

The DCr Map i s easy to guide by and pretty accurate showing most of what's rideable. Other Fantastic trails not to miss are 'The Bobcat Trail' (either rugged cimb or fun descent), The Black Bear Trail (I like this primarily in the downward direction), The NEMBA Trail (good both ways), and the Camp Howe Trail is nice too--they're all good and worth a vist. Plus there is great camping, a great little lake (actually-two lakes), great views, and nice facilities. A typical western Massachusetts riding destination: Challenging and Beautiful and very biker friendly.

Customer Service

Get the map at the kiosk and explore-save time for a swim afterwards.

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5
VALUE
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4
[Aug 09, 2006]
RidgeRider79
Cross Country Rider

These trails aren't fast moving but they'll definetely keep you on your toes. With it's seemingly endless rock gardens this place doesn't give you much of a break. All the trails are well mapped with signage. Definetly grab a map from the parking attendant.

Customer Service

Start by entering the Long Trail by the campers beach. Stay on this trail until the start of the new Moose Run trail on the left (shortly after a set of lovely NEMBA bridges). Ride Moose Run to the end, which puts you back on the Long Trail. Turn left and ride to the paved road. Cross over to the dirt road and ride this up to the fire tower. Come back down the dirt road and take the NEMBA trail on your right. Just before the end of the trail look to get on the Turkey Trail on your left. Using the park map, choose a route to get to Balance Rock. Make sure to get on the Camp Howe Trail on your way out with it's long, well crafted bridges. Then take the super rocky and rooty (probably muddy during wet periods) Sunset Trail.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 30, 2004]
stimpy
Cross Country Rider

Decent, technical singletrack. $5 to park, so park somewhere else and ride to it if you can.

Customer Service

Long Trail starts pretty timidly. ride the rocks & roots to the boat launch road; from this point, the trail heads towards the lake and gets a little more technical. soon, you'll cross a rock wall; soon, there is a climb that is challenging. on the far end of the lake, the trail veers away alongside a swamp. soon, you'll cross one of several bridges built by NEMBA [tips helmet]. after a little more technical riding, you'll encounter a climb that i walk my bike up: erroded. the trail covers my rock & root thru here, nice and challenging. after another rock-garden crossing, the trail eases and then goes downhill thru a switchback; you'll soon encounter the paved road. cross it, go uphill a slight distance, and use the jeep road to go up firetower: the trail isn't that doable going up.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 28, 1999]

Its very hard

Customer Service

The same one mentioned.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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[Jul 25, 1999]
Kevin Montgomery

the beginning is very hard and hard to get going REALLY fast in. I like the trail still because it gets fun and fast in other sections. try some other trails in the park to. Some of the trails i like better than this one.

Customer Service

same route given above

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umm well there are tons of nice 4wheeler trails I LOVE THE POWER LINES~the single track in easthampton parks are nice and they have races there....

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 12, 2000]
John Dudek

We (NEMBA) have done a great deal of trail maintenance in this park this year including a large board walk a bridge, rock cribbing etc but the trails remain difficult and technical. I enjoy riding this trail as well as several other trails in this park for thier trials like challange.

Customer Service

Run same route in OPOSITE direction. Start at fire tower and ride down toward camping area.

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The trails on the tower side of the paved road are just as fun as the lakeside trails. Enter trailhead at the steel gate on Tower Rd. This gives you two options, turn RT and take 1.5 miles of new single track or go straight and take a larger loop on some fun singletrack being sure to check out "Balance Rocck".

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 03, 2000]
Ethan

Rode it today - I am used to trails that demand more fitness and less technical expertise; DAR trails are very different. Don't expect a fast ride but it'll certainly test your ability to navigate roots, large rocks, mud holes. Frustrating at times but very rewarding at the end. Took a header off one of the bridges into a swamp and enjoyed every second (I apologize for the erosion I may have caused). These trails are NOT for the faint of heart - if you are a novice you'll find yourself getting off and pushing your bike every 50 yards or so.

Customer Service

Long Trail along the lake and eventually up to the fire tower. Then take trail to the left just before final ascent on Fire Tower Road (across from grassy parking lot) - that trail will link to many others.

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I just want to thank whoever helps build and maintain the trails. Obviously some are new and I saw a few yellow NEMBA tags on trees throughout the forest. Nice work. I'd like to help.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 04, 2001]
Sal

The trail had lots of opions for me to ride on
I loved the way the map wa sset up. Mt mom even liked it. anyone who trys this trail will be amazed.

Customer Service

number2

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RATING
4
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