RAYBURN - Trail, Millbury, Massachusetts

RAYBURN - Trail, Millbury, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

90% Single track. (A Few cart paths) You will criss cross the power lines a few times if you follow marked course. The four miles of Trails on left hand side of power lines is probably a little more advanced than the trails on the right. Offering lots of rocks,bridges, stone wall crossings, off camber down hills, and tight turns. Trails on right side of power lines offer lots of tight- twisty turns, stone wall crossings, short up and down hills, off cambers, roots, rocks, bridges . Watch out for a few drop offs and steep down hills. Offering a little bit for everyone...If you don't like the trails at first, wait a mile, it'll change. (Trail system is usually marked well in early Spring for the Time Trial Series which has been running for the past 8 years. Explore around if you'd like but following the arrows will provide you with about a 10 mile loop that leads back to the place you started. This course does ride long for 10 miles though so get ready and bring some water.)

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 22, 2011]
dstroyr
Cross Country Rider

this place still rocks, 15+ miles now!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 07, 2007]
Stickman1001
Cross Country Rider

Just to update this area:
A lot has changed since original posting. Over the years, development has taken away some of the best "knarly" single track this are offered and with each passing day-- more and more is lost to either new neighborhoods (100 houses or more). Even sadder--Quads looking for a place to ride have found some of the trails and done thier fair share of damage.
All is not lost though and there is still PLENTY of sweet single track worth riding in the area. Stuff made by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. New stuff always being built and new routes around developments being worked out. So--- not as good as it once was but still one of Central MA premier riding spots.

Customer Service

If you park on Rayburn___ head up power lines and jump into trail system on the left. (about 4 and 1/2miles) Follow various markers/ribbons and you'll eventually find most of the trails on that side. I say most because there is secret stuff ---snicker, snicker--- out there. Once (or IF-- as a lot of people do the right side first) you do the left side of the powerline trails--- enter the right side and enjoy the old school xc fun. FYI: this is the side the development is happening on BUTTT... you can still get over 12 miles of fun riding on that side alone. Almost all trails can or will work your way back to the power lines but I suggest you just keep going and you'll really be able to enjoy the constant trail flow change Rayburn is all about. Keep your eyes open because there is a lot to see and you might miss the entrance to a section. All told-- lots of Twisty fun--- followed by flowy stuff that you can relly get moving on. Spring Time Trials still happening out here too so check out the "FREE" fun filled racing/training action. Weeknight over the years change but usually in Mid April to Late May on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. Just ride around and ask someone about it.

Similar Products Used:

West Main is Awesome. Plumbers Landing (or Goat Hill)--sweet, Upton--good cruise place, Sutton-- oh yeah! Really-- just about any place in this Central MA- Worcester County area rocks > or roots< with good New England styled riding.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 13, 2007]
Collin
Racer

Just want to check back in from time to time and see what people are saying about the Rayburn trails. Nice to see that people seem to like the network. Some of the comments questions "re-routing" or "trail direction" but just keep in mind... these trails have become heavily used and will become OLD if not updated from time to time. The Spring and Fall Time Trial courses are also typically laid out so racers can do multiple laps and get split times. A 5 mile course (doing 2 -3 laps) is easier to set up and safer in the event of an injury. In the past we've marked out 13 mile courses but all it took for someone to get lost was the removal of one arrow. Just because an arrow points you right-- you can still go left or straight and enjoy your own ride. We're still doing our best at taking care of the entire area--not just the TT loops.
If you've been riding here for more than 4 years-- you've noticed that a new development took out some of the best stuff the trails offered. Recently, additional land was purchased and perk tested for development. It's yet to be determined how this will change the trail network but we'll do our best to keep the place fun and rideable. We have our fingers crossed that the houses will only be built in the low swampy area and not ruin the fun single track that is closer to the powerlines. Recently, some brandy new single track has been added to the left side of the area to compensate for the ATV damage going on. Fun drops and rolling rocks that'll keep you on your toes. Like Vietnam though-- skinny single track in this area has been blown wide open and in selected sections-- it's become a freeway. There's not much we can do to stop it as we've been lucky enough to have these woods in he first place. Bottom line--we all need to share and take care of it for each other. (Hikers, Bikers, Horses and people who go Brap.)
One other thing that I picked up on after reading the comments was people do not perceive this area as being a "lung buster". I'm glad to read thier opiniosn but I'll disagree. Once you feel comfortable with a loop, ride this place at speed and then see if you feel the same way. A social ride with lots of stops might not work you but the area has been designed to be riden none stop. If you keep your "flow going" --- and crank non stop for a good 10 miles... I'm sure you'll enjoy this as a true XC area.

Customer Service

Ride it all -- Left and right side of powerlines! Easiet to find fun fast if you park off Rayburn. Buttt---- don't jump into the twisty stuff cold or you'll be hating life. A quick blast up and down the powerlines might be a good idea to get you warmed up and ready for a lot of the more tech stuff we have. Some recent ATV usage has created a few out and dead ends way but that's cool. Some day we'll be able to connect into that stuff with more twisty fun and get the total milage over way over 20 miles.

Similar Products Used:

West Millbury, Sutton, Upton, Grafton, Oxford, Milford, Whittinsville and Sturbridge.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 31, 2005]
ducatirdr
Racer

What an awesome place to ride. I can't believe how technical a tight winding trail can be. I rode today in icy conditions and the single track was ice free. I would look into this place if you are in Central MA and are looking for a winter ride location. HDRK62 Bikeracer737 ducatirdr = ducatirdr@hotmail.com

Customer Service

Look for the blue ribbon and arrows on small plates

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 16, 2005]
singletrackjunkie
Downhiller

I was just at the Great Canadian Canoe and Kayak store in Sutton, MA and a customer was trying to describe to one of the workers how to get to these trails. She also said that not many people know about them. Well, these trails are way too sweet to remain unknown. There are 15+ miles of tight single track. About a 2/3rds of it is fun technical (think Nam) the rest smooth and twisty. There are even a few nice drops! If you've never ridden here before you are in for a treat. These are some of the best trails in central MA. Since moving away from the trails (they used to be right out my door) I now park at Buck Bros on left side of Brightside Street. I talked with the owner and he said that he did not mind us parking there after hours. Even during business hours there are only 2 cars in the lot. I led a NEMBA ride from there and the lot held cars for all 18 people that showed up. Here is the address and map. 45 Brightside St Millbury, MA http://maps.google.com/maps?q=45+brightside,+millbury,+ma&t=h&hl=en

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 16, 2005]
singletrackjunkie
Cross Country Rider

See above.

Customer Service

I recommend starting from the Brightside entrance because of the great parking and the flexibility of loops. From the Buck Bros lot climb Brightside all the way to the end. The trail continues straight and to the left. Bear right at the first intersection and ride all the way up to the power lines. Go down the power lines then back up and turn right into the woods. You will then come out on the other power lines and then head into the woods. Upon entering the woods you can do the tight short loop called "intestines" that almost ends up right back at the start or follow the main loop straight ahead to the right. Team Bums has time trails here every spring and has a nice one-way marked loop. You can follow the yellow plates for a nice loop but they recently changed it and I don't quite agree with the re-route. After cruising through some awesome single track from the power lines you will come out on a double track and make a right. Follow the double track but instead of heading down the rocky hill like the yellow plates suggest turn left and follow that double track a short ways until you see a single track veering off to the right. Follow this serpentine trail and you will soon rejoin the marked loop. If you were to follow the loop down that rocky hill you will miss some really nice single track and instead do a technical downhill (which is kinda fun) and then a steep uphill (which is not). Trust me take the other route. The other area I usually stray from the marked route is when you get back to the power lines again near Riverlin Street. Instead of crossing the power lines and riding the loop over there (which is pretty fun I guess) go back up the double track and take the straight single track on the right. You will have to ride over a log. Fly down this trail and when you start to climb look for a trail on your left. Climb up this and you should be back on the marked loop. This is a great section of trail. There is a double drop than can be rolled with a nice roller rock right after it. Then shortly after that a nice hip rock. This trail will lead back out to the power lines. But instead turn left right before the power lines and that will take you back to the intersection of “intestine”. If you had enough you can head back to the car which is only a couple of minutes away but if you have some strength left you can do another loop. Head back across the power lines and when you reach the second set, instead of going left back to the car, take the barely noticeable single track on your right. Follow this trail for some nice bridges and a nice rock climb. When you come out on a double track go left down the hill. About 3/4ths the way down, look for a trail on your left. This is a great trail which should only be done by those who are confident on their bike. It is all tight rocky single track which will totally frustrate a novice. Experienced riders will have a blast. There is a nice 4’+ drop. This trail will end up back at the top of Brightside. From here coast down to the car and head back to Millbury for some awesome ice cream at the Ice Cream Barn or some brews at the Dah Bar or A&D Pub. If you would like more information of would like me to show you the trails drop me an email at kevincorcino@hotmail.com See you on the trails! Kevin

Similar Products Used:

Singletary Hodges Dam Plumbers Landing

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 18, 2005]
briank
Cross Country Rider

Tight, fairly technical single track. Not very hilly. These trails are a lot of fun. Some of the trails are so tight and twisty its unlike anything you've ridden else where. It really forces you to work on your balance and braking. Some great log and wall crossings are along the way too.

Customer Service

Park off Rayburn Street or near the pond entrace (don't remember the street). I usually follow the arrows for the time trial course, just because some of the trails are simply designed to be ridden in one direction. Other than that go where you want because there are trails everywhere and its pretty easy to find your way around.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 23, 2003]
Self Motivated
Weekend Warrior

I went to this trail location based on the reviews posted on this site and was not disappointed!! This network of trails rocks!! ~ no matter where I went there was a continuous volley of technical stuff to experiment on. I rode this past summer on a road bike and dug out my 10 year old Mtn Bike for a late season whirl. What a whirl is was !! Fell on my elbows, face and a$$ probably 6 or more times and loved it!! I would imagine that some of the wet, rocky stuff is easier without the leaf coverage but who knows - I'll find out in the spring and summer. Definately coming back!! - Alot.

Customer Service

Don't bother bothering other riders with the question "Where is the best place to go??" - Just ride around - you are sure to find what your looking for sooner or later

Similar Products Used:

Sorry - No idea!! Haven't ridden locally since I moved from VT 8+ years ago.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 22, 2001]
fat pat

a great variety. don't be afraid to explore all the side trails. this is where you'll find the good stuff.there's a full 14 miles out here

Customer Service

start on the powerlines and go go go

Similar Products Used:

west millbury, douglas, paxton, buffumville

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 20, 2001]
Mtls!!!!

love this place, it can be as hard or difficult as you want...explore, find your way, the marked trails are very easy to find, but there are a few unmarked if you look around. the time trial trail is great from the starting point (thats the area the guy describes above)if you are just starting out, be careful, there are lots of places that you will fall especially on the left side of the power lines (towards millbury/dorothy pond)

Customer Service

as stated above, lots of variety plenty of different places to start the ride along rivelin road, I have marked out several personal routes that I like for variety using the marked trails but starting at different points along this road.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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