Lowell Dracut State Forest - Trail, Lowell dracut, Massachusetts

Lowell Dracut State Forest - Trail, Lowell dracut, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

10 miles of beginner and intermeadiate fireroads and singletrack with a few pleasant surprises for advanced riders. A fantastic area for beginners!!!!!

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 05, 2012]
lanceajackson
Cross Country Rider

I live only 1/2 a mile from this place. I ride it a couple times a week if the weather is nice. I love it. It has a bit of everything! I really like that the singletrack winds in and out of the fireroads. You can ride the loops you like and then hit the fireroads to cruise out quickly. This place is a little confusing, so make sure that you study the map of the fireroads because they are your ticket out.

Customer Service

Park at the lot off of trotting park road. As soon as you head down the pavement take the left onto the trail and then take the first right over the bridge.

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4
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3
[Jul 14, 2008]
Ash 79
Cross Country Rider

Rode this place last week after work (between 6-8pm). The single track was great, had a lot of switch backs going up and down the bigger hills.
Did a few loops on both sides of the main fire road that goes through the park.
BRING POWERFULL BUG SPRAY! The green flies will attack and swarm around you so bad that you will not want to stop for a break. They seemed to be worse when you get closer to the swamp areas.
I will probably go back during the fall when the bugs die off, hopefully.

Similar Products Used:

Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle

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4
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3
[Jun 05, 2008]
dirtystrat
Cross Country Rider

First of all I would ignore all the older comments posted here. In the last 3 years the Merrimack Valley Chapter of NEMBA (New England Mountain Biking Association), has added about 7 miles of mountain bike specific trails here. When combined with the existing combo of fireroads, doubletrack and singletrack, you can easily get in a 15 or a 20 mile ride here. If you haven't visited this park in the last two years, you really haven't ridden here.

For a beginner the fireroads and double track would do just fine and would help to inspire confidence. For intermediate riders the singletrack is tight, twisty with plenty of technical features built into the trail system with bail out lines where appropriate. There are several areas within the forest where the terrain allows riders to stop and practice their skills with drops, riding skinnies, and technical rock climbing.

The trails are well maintained and receive the attention of the local mountain biking club (MV-NEMBA) and the local friends of the forest volunteers.

Customer Service

The most popular starting point is to park at the gate at Trotting Park Road. From here you can head out in 4 different directions. Some of the trails can be hard to find for new visitors but after a while things will fall into place. Its best to join one of the many led rides that can be found here.

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4
VALUE
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4
[Jun 07, 2004]
FSR Mayhem
Cross Country Rider

Kind of small, but offers a bit of everything. There is only one main North/South trail, with spurs and some loops off of it. Also a good climb on Whortleberry Hill on the NW corner, but it's sort of disconnected from the park trails. There are two cool boulder gardens off the main middle trail. Some cool rooty sections, other trails are cut off by water in the spring. There is pavement and gravel up the middle, which is boring but gets you around fast.

Customer Service

Through the middle, off spurs. Beware some trails dead-end at various ponds, and other go past yards where locals' dogs sometimes chase you. Lazy owners = lazy dogs, I guess, because I've outrun them both times... You gotta keep an eye out for hidden trails / stuff that's not well marked. Also, horse shiat is left all over by those too lazy to pedal through the wilderness :P -- watch your water bottle... I usually drop in from the north Dracut side. More fun that way with a big water crossing!

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This is about it for the immediate area.

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3
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3
[Nov 24, 2003]
bc
Weekend Warrior

NOW HOLD ON !!!! i am an amatuer rider - not lying. but i am also a local resident who's property borders the forest and i treat it like it is my own property. the forest is not there just for bikers and isnt maintained just for bike riders so get a grip ..if you dont like it dont use it. i am very grateful it is there...i live there!! i do my part, pick up trash, move trees out of the trail etc....and as far as atv's...slow down there, some of those atv's are out there doing good...patroling for litter and blowdowns etc. but yes -- there are plenty of idiots ripping it up and they should get in trouble... but dont blame all atv's for their ignorance. there is a difference between a utility machine and a "rice rocket". i do my part - i wish others would do theirs too. i am in the process of trying to organize a cleanup -- and it will involve bike AND horse riders, snowmobilers and atv riders to assist the cleanup....but will they be allowed to ride there after? no !!! but they will help anyway. it boils down to a love for nature...if you love it- you will help. so all you whiners go somewhere else... if you love the forest as much as i do....help out like me and my family. hell, i send my kids out to shag trash from our trail if i am busy ! i just wonder where it all keeps coming from!!! and as far as wildlife (deer)... i absolutely love having deer come in my backyard !!! if i find the person who is "baiting" the deer on the lowell side they are gonna be sorry. that isnt hunting.. it is good as pouching and baiting deer with the intention of hunting them is illegal. all this boils down to is 1100 acres that our state cant afford to maintain but they keep it there for us to enjoy anyway, but if you dont like it... please stay away. next time you go for a ride -- carry some brush trimmers with you.. or a bow saw.. help out some. stop and talk to the guy on the atv that is trying to help everyone out... including you !!!!! the dracut lowell tyngsboro state forest is a great place...its not yellowstone to you...but it is to me, i live here and love having it. any input or comments for me can be sent to bc88fan2002@yahoo.com but please -- no whining !!! if you see trash or other things (cars) that need to be removed....please tell me so i can get it done and help keep the forest a nice place for us. communication is the first step --

Customer Service

trotting park rd in lowell -- the gate at totman road in dracut no longer has any parking due to house development.

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if you want paradise -- go to western mass. you want a day in an ok place -- come here but come with small expectations

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3
VALUE
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3
[Sep 25, 2003]
el burro
Cross Country Rider

Got a chance to hit the trails for the first time by myself today and had a blast hitting all of the stuff I've wondered about as I rode by on group rides. Glad to say I was really surprised with the decent variety of new-looking singletrack. I've only lived in this area for a few months and haven't had the chance to get out there too much. I'll head out there more often now that I'm getting somewhat familiar with the lay of the land. I'm intrigued by the high amount of garbage and refuse I run across way out in the middle of the park. I saw the remains of an old car, a refrigerator, paint balls, lumber, countless smashed bottles, beer cans, an old mattress...the place looked like Fred Sanford's back yard. Yet, in other places, it looked like hardly anybody had ever been out there. It kind of gives the place some freakish character. The complete opposite of the buffed out, super-well maintained trails up the road in Carlisle. You can tell someone is trying to clean the place up and cut some new trails. When is the next maintenance day? I want to help out.

Customer Service

Get yourself lost and try to hit every single track you see. Some trails have blue marks that are pretty good to follow. In a couple places that I deviated from the blue-marked trails, I was rewarded with nice singletrack sections that ran along side some of the big ponds. On another sort-of double track trail that runs behind an apartment complex, some nut ball spray painted every rock safety orange. I didn't follow the whole route, but I have to give the little guy credit for all his hard work...I think.

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Carlisle, Lynn Woods, The Fells, Harold Parker, Leominster

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4
VALUE
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3
[Sep 24, 2003]
Johnny Mack
Cross Country Rider

I live about 2 minutes from the Lowell side entrance.... and ride the park almost 4 times a week... ~8-9 miles per day. I am an advanced rider, but by no means a expert, and for me, the area is 3 of 5 endurance wise..... 2 of 5 for techanically challenging. For a Novice a great place to learn and practice skills.... There are several good trails off the main fire roads... and can become quite challenging in the low areas in early spring or after a heavy rain because of mud/wet roots/etc.

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3
VALUE
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3
[Nov 06, 1998]
Jw

This is a wonderful area for begining riders or the advanced rider looking for a quick fix. There are several miles of fire roads plus a 2.5 mile marked single/double track loop with many side trails/options that make laps a good options. There are 4 good downhill/climbing sections taht can be mixed and matched depending on the cicuit that you run
4 tires for quality of beg/int terrain

Customer Service

There are several good routes depening on skill. Email for best ones

Similar Products Used:

Harold Parker S.F, andover

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4
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[Nov 11, 1998]
Nate

Ok, not much technical riding.

Customer Service

Go right out of the gate for some good stuff...

Similar Products Used:

This is actually Tyngsboro-Dracut State Forest

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3
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[Nov 12, 1998]
Jay

good for beginners. not much for advanced riders unless you want to ride laps. Good for quick workout. I think I have some Old maps available that map out the main loops(they are still accurate) Email if intereested

Customer Service

From Wang school on west meadow road in LOWELL: follow street next to school until you see gate(50 yards past the soccer field) take immediate right. take trail to left about 300 yard up the trail. follow this trail until it rejoins road. follow road to top of hill. go straight at top of hill. take right at next intesection. take left at end of trail. follow this trail past spruce swamp and take first left after swamp. you are now on the main loop

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To correct nate: this is the lowell-dracut-tyngsboro state forest(a large chunk of the forest is in fact in lowell(I live in lowell at the edge of the forest)

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4
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