Chesterfield Gorge - Trail, Huntington to Chesterfield, Massachusetts

Chesterfield Gorge - Trail, Huntington to Chesterfield, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

Best to start at the Huntington end; that way you'll be tending upwards towards Chesterfield and have an easier return trip. The trail follows the east branch of the Westfield River from Knightville Dam to Chesterfield Gorge. The first mile or two are fairly flat dirt road through semi-open terrain. Then it becomes a somewhat rocky jeep track through deep woods, constantly climbing and descending. Sometimes you're right down on the riverbank, other times you're fifty feet or more above the river, looking down an extremely steep slope. The surface is packed dirt with embedded rocks, covered with coarse gravel in places. The climbs and descents are all short, and range from so slight that you can barely feel them in your legs, to steep enough to give even a strong rider a decent workout. The surface is negotiable with a rigid bike, but too much speed on the descents makes it difficult to hold onto the bars. A suspension fork will earn its keep here, and an FSB would do even better. There are some nice places to stop along the river, and the surroundings are lovely. Keep an eye out for wildlife - this is bear country. Beginners should be able to handle this trail, while more experienced riders should find it an enjoyable ride.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 16, 2015]
kflagg
Cross Country Rider

been riding for40 plus years, its not technical, its not hilly, its awesome and fastif you want it to be, otherwise enjoy the views and relax!

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Granville, icehouse

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[Oct 21, 2011]
Gasp4Air
Weekend Warrior

This dirt road along the Chesterfield River is an easy and pleasant ride - I wouldn't call it mountain biking. More or less level overall with a few short moderate climbs and descents. The river makes for nice scenery. There's some nifty stonework at the remains of a mill raceway.

Customer Service

Either way, doesn't matter.

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3
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2
[Sep 26, 2006]
Fletch6
Weekend Warrior

This has to rate as one of my best rides close to home. I have been riding mostly rail trails and should have tried this sooner. I rode from the cement bridge above the Knightville Dam off rt.112 to the Chesterfield Gorge and back and loved it. the views and the trail or more appropriatly called a ruff gravel road was perfect riding. We used hard tail MT. bikes and this was the perfect bike. Take the time to walk and look at the Gorge on the north end.

Customer Service

South from Knightville dam to the Gorge and return. You could ride Rt.112,Ireland St and rt.143 but if you like dirt ride both ways. It is a slight down hill from the gorge to the dam.

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I am just starting to ride single track around here and know there are
great riding, but have not got to do more than rail trails.

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3
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3
[Apr 24, 2000]
Dawg

Steep and challenging

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same

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5
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[Jun 01, 2000]
Susan

This is a nice ride. It is a great place for beginners (I practiced with my clipless pedals here!) and it is scenic enough for even more experienced riders to have a good ride. It is out and back, but you can ride the entire length for a view of the Knightsbridge dam or make it shorter if time is an issue.

Customer Service

Same as above

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2
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[Jun 01, 2000]
terran

as I said more downhill starting at the Gorge. watch out for streams crossing the trail/un-kept road and also for turtles where you pass through the swamp. I'd say begginner to intermediate, it's not hard to keep in control but but you have to be able to handle some moderate hills and one or two hours riding.

Customer Service

start from the Gorge, more downhlling on the trail

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five star things, not much as far as trails go but a pretty good road.

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5
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[Jun 25, 2000]
Kevin M

The hills are very mild, when my fork was broken last year and i needed to go rigid for a while this is where i mostly went. Some rocks here and there for people who like to hop around. There is a trail-head start on the worthington 4-wheeler trail network on the top of the hill on IRELAND ST. Park at Gorge, bike up the paved hill and get in some great downhilling and maybe find some interesting jumps :) Anyone can do the gorge.

Customer Service

Start at the c-field end...but that is coming from someone who lives in Chesterfield.

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D.A.R. SF

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4
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[Sep 05, 2000]
John

I actually found this trail in the "Arrow Street Guide". Some friends tried it from the Gorge end and said that it tended to be more downhill from this end, so we started from the Knightville Dam end in Huntington. We parked right off Rt. 112 (past the Dam entrance). We rode the paved road to the concrete bridge, crossed the bridge and headed up to the gorge.
This is a great ride for all levels. Experienced riders will enjoy the views and terrain, newer riders will get to experience some challenge with no real intimidation.
You just need to watch for the occasional hikers, and other bikers. There are a few sections with gravel and loose rock and a few small stream crossings. I don't think it really matters which end you start from, the climbs are not radically different in either direction.
This is an excellent, fun ride for all abilities.

Customer Service

This ride can be done from the gorge down or reverse. Not much difference.We started in Huntington and rode it up and back.

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5
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