Massasoit State Park - Trail, Middleboro/Taunton, Massachusetts

Massasoit State Park - Trail, Middleboro/Taunton, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

Trail(s) are many and all connect in one way or another. The single track is fast (parts) and filled with roots. Some good hard climbs to burn up the quads! Explore and tackle the K12, unbelievable drop off. It conquered me several times with the old "face plant", lean way back and hold on; follow the fire roads past pond and up hill. Take the road to the right past the beach sand and the k12 is on the right, look for it. The fire trails are good, some soft parts to throw you over the bars, but a good rid if that is your style. This trail/park is fun and interesting for a few months of riding but gets boring. Very difficult to get lost but worth the experience. Thier is something for everyone and all levels if you push yourself.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 21, 2013]
Geotrouvetout67
Cross Country Rider

Massasoit State Park is a little local beauty for cross country with various terrains from strollers to experts mtb, intermediate in average (rating 3). You will find paved roads, easy single track segments, fire roads, exposed roots, dangerous drops, a few small jumps some illegal garbage dumping and plastic bottles here and there (choice words to these people) and some rocky hills, beautiful scenery and wildlife including mosquitoes sometimes. Last ride a crossed a couple frogs on the trail, be careful not to make a roadkill.

Trails can stay wet or even flood after heavy rains (especially the left side), give them a few days to dry instead of damaging them. Horses should do that too, most damaged I've seen came from horses riding in the mud.

I would not travel out of my way too much to drive there but for locals like me it's a great place for a quick run or longer if you make several loops. It is large enough to get lost but small enough to find your way out.

Others have mentioned ATVs and dirt bikes, I have yet to come across one. However there are many pedestrians on the weekends and sometimes horses. Usually pedestrians will yield to bikes but be careful and respectful. Definitely yield to horses.

Spark BRS is the local shop in Taunton and organizes group rides in the fall.

Customer Service

This is the tricky part. There are countless options because there are tons of small segments multiplying your options. However there are a couple most ridden loops, one is called the lung opener and is about 7.5 miles, the other is a variation of it at around 11 miles, "maps" can be found on Strava. Part of it are marked as the healthy trail but most is unmarked and it takes practice not to get lost, I've been riding there for about a year and still manage to get lost. If you are new to the park you will get lost unless you have a GPS in which you pre loaded tracks or just follow the healthy trail blue markings for a short ride.

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Nothing like it really close that I am aware of. Blue Hills and Wompatuck are other good cross country areas not too far further North.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 09, 2011]
chrisdurand
Cross Country Rider

just mentioning that dirtbikes and quads have been invadeing more often....think the ranger presence has been limited due to money cuts......still a great place to ride, has some really twisty fun sections...i enjoy it, you can do the loop in about 45min to an hour, so its not all that big....so go and do it clockwise then head back out and do it backwards.....

Customer Service

as mentioned by the little wooden bridge....if you do not know the loop you will get lost.....if you do not know how to get to the golf course you will never find it...there are a lot of off trails from the main loop but i think for the most they merge back on....

there are rides on sunday morning's between 7 and 9, if you want to get to know the place.....it will sure help to join one...

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rocky woods......swansea dam ( another small place but fun in the same )..

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 30, 2007]
mtnbiker26
Cross Country Rider

Massasoit is a fairly small state park bisected by a paved road and surrounded by residential neighborhoods. It's a state park/campground so it's closed to dirtbikes and ATV's, although the trails get a good amount of use by walkers and cyclists. The trails are mostly non-technical and windy, sandy/loamy hardpack singletrack with occasional rooty sections and about a half-dozen short steep climbs. It's like a flatter, less windy Otis. It drains really well so you can ride there after a good rain and not get all mucky. It won't challenge you technically (it's a great place to ride a cyclocross bike) but if your looking for a good cardio workout and you can keep your speed up the windy sections can be difficult to negotiate. If you can rock your big ring on the flats you'll definitely have some fun here.

Customer Service

Eight mile "three leaf clover" shaped clockwise loop. From the main parking lot take the left over the small wooden bridge and explore the trails along the left side of the paved road. After about three miles you wind up at the back of the park where the paved road ends and the gate is closed. That was the first leaf of the clover. Go around the gate, take a left and continue a clockwise loop for about 2 miles to ultimately wind up almost back at the closed gate. That was the second leaf. Continue clockwise around the pond and back toward the parking lot on the opposite side of the road. That's the third leaf. Sorry I can't give you turn-by-turn. The place is small so you can figure it out in a few rides.

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Rocky Woods, Freetown, Borderland, Gilbert Hills, Otis, Trail of Tears, Wompatuck

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 30, 2007]
Some Guy
Cross Country Rider

Massasoit is a fairly small state park bisected by a paved road and surrounded by residential neighborhoods. It's a state park/campground so it's closed to dirtbikes and ATV's, although the trails get a good amount of use by walkers and cyclists. The trails are mostly non-technical and windy, sandy/loamy hardpack singletrack with occasional rooty sections and about a half-dozen short steep climbs. It's like a flatter, less windy Otis. It drains really well so you can ride there after a good rain and not get all mucky. It won't challenge you technically (it's a great place to ride a cyclocross bike) but it's a good cardio workout and it can be difficult to negotiate the windy sections and stay on the trail at speed. If you can rock your big ring on the flats you'll definitely have some fun here.

Customer Service

Eight mile "three leaf clover" shaped clockwise loop. From the main parking lot take the left over the small wooden bridge and explore the trails along the left side of the paved road. After about three miles you wind up at the back of the park where the paved road ends and the gate is closed. That was the first leaf of the clover. Go around the gate, take a left and continue a clockwise loop for about 2 miles to ultimately wind up almost back at the closed gate. That was the second leaf. Continue clockwise around the pond and back toward the parking lot on the opposite side of the road. That's the third leaf. Sorry I can't give you turn-by-turn. The place is small so you can figure it out in a few rides.

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Borderland, Freetown, Rocky Woods, Otis, Trail of Tears, Wompatuck, Gilbert Hills

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 06, 2006]
Greg
Cross Country Rider

Massasoit is largely a pine forest so the trails are generally packed sand and loam with a blanket of pine needles. It's pretty fast and hardpack, rolling, twisty and non technical. There are almost no rocks and only a few places with exposed roots, unless you ride the back section of the park that borders Turner St. Some local residents illegally ride ATV's there so the trails are a bit ripped up and loose. Like others have said, it's a great place for beginners, except for a few short, steep rooty uphills. For any experienced cyclist the technical challenge there is zero but if you ride fast enough you'll find that the twists and turns make it difficult to stay on the trail and you can certainly keep your heart rate up. It's also a great place for night riding.

I don't think that there are any more than 12-15 miles of trails in the whole park. The paved road from the parking lot basically bisects the park so if you know which direction the road is you can bail out pretty easily. The park is bordered by Turner St, Middleboro Ave and five ponds.

Customer Service

The old racecourse is about an 8-mile three-leafed-clover shaped clockwise loop and is probably the most popular route. It basically parallels the left side of the paved road until you hit the back gate where the pavement ends and then it heads back toward the parking lot on the opposite side of the paved road. There are several side trails and really no landmarks so I can only vaguely describe the loop. You'll have to explore a bit. Start at the parking lot and cross the tiny wooden bridge on the left just after the ranger shack thing. For the first mile or two you'll pop back onto the road a couple of times and ride along the road for a hundred feet and duck back into the woods. From here you have some options. You can stay more left and skirt along the cart trail on the golf course and then back into the park or you can stay more to the right and closer to the road. Ultimately you'll end up at the back of the park by the locked gate and the end of the paved road. You can take the trail on the left just after the gate and continue clockwise or you can basically bypass it and take rights after the gate and the trail will loop around the pond and put you in the campground area. In the area where the main paved road, campground, beach and bathrooms all converge there's an uphill one way. Ride through the campsite on the left at the top of the road and look for a trail heading downhill toward another beach. Stay along the beach, up the hill and back into the woods. You’ll be pretty close the parking lot at this point. After you cross the little wooden plank, if you stay towards the right you’ll hit the paved road and turn left toward the parking lot. If you stay left you can explore several trails in the area bordered by the paved road, Lake Rico and Middleboro Ave.

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Rocky Woods in Taunton. It's the Anti-Massasoit. There's about forty super technical and flat miles of trail squeezed in there. Kinda swampy, so go when it's been dry. Located in the area behind Taunton Ten Pin on Winthrop St. Bordered by Winthrop St, North Walker St and Burt St. Park behind Curly's Pub on Winthrop St and the trailhead is in the corner of the lot behind the dumpster. Bring your GPS or drop some bread crumbs.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 29, 2006]
Rockhopper88
Weekend Warrior

This is a great place to take someone who is just starting out. I t has just enough to not scare them off but keep you satisfied as well. There are some really good, fast parts and some really decent climbs and one killer downhill.

Customer Service

Upon entering take quick left over wooded brige. This set of trails weave off and then briefly back on the pavement. Its fast and has a couple of good climbs. Continue to follow and you'll reach a great hill near the golf course.

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Borderland, Freetown

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 12, 2006]
wizardsfire
Weekend Warrior

Not a bad place to roam around in...you can't get lost here and it has terrain for every type of ride. Will go back and see what else is hiding out there.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 06, 2005]
ironhorse_yakuza
Downhiller

great place to ride, many different types of riding and with a little time you can find the fun parts

Customer Service

go in over the boards and keep going left at all the forks and intersections you will come out a golf course stay on the trail and ull come to a gnarly down hill.

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there everywhere just keep your eyes peeled

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 26, 1999]
Jean-O

The trail marked out in blue blazes is a fun fast route. Not too many hills to worry about if you just starting off. There is a race held here once a year with a pretty challenging 7.4 mi loop that is great if you can find it. Not too many rocks, just a hard packed trail of fun.

Customer Service

Follow the blue blazes for a fast and fun 6 mi trail. Ask the park employees for tools, directions and advice. These guys are not only cool but are willing to lend a hand any way they can.

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Otis, Trail Of Tears, Vietnam, Borderland, Arcadia

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 31, 1999]
Adam Codega

This area is fun to ride if your also camping, but not a park to go to just for a single day ride. Once again, nice camping area with plenty of ponds and a big lake for swimming, boating, etc.

Customer Service

There's the blue triangles on the left side of the paved road which is alright but won't go very far. If you ride back towards the entrance there is some more blue trails on the left side, if your facing the road. If you ride all the way down the paved road you'll come to a gate which has some nice trails that run around the lakes.

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Freetown State Forest

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
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