Buffumvillle Lake and Park - Trail, Oxford, Massachusetts

Buffumvillle Lake and Park - Trail, Oxford, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

Singletrack, all types of terrain...no major climbs, although one spot on the east side offers a challenge climbing area...great place for intermediate/advanced riders.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 10, 2009]
The Scottish Shark
Cross Country Rider

Hodges Village Dam / Greenbriar is a blast. The US Army Corps of Engineers do a great job of maintaining the area, despite the fact that there are now only FOUR staff members to execute the tasks, and they are supported by a group of conscientious volunteers. This will be exemplified on Saturday 9-26-09 for National Public Lands Day, but it needs to be an ongoing effort, and not just on this national day of volunteerism.

We find it best to start at Greenbriar in Oxford, and enter via the canoe launch area, then cross the footbridge over Wellington Pond into the trails areas. From there, you can traverse all over multiple trails to your hearts content, all along the French River leading to Hodges Village Dam. You can even get the HVD brochures at numerous gates throughout provided by the USACE, and it's a chaleenge for those directionally challenged to pinpoint your exact locations on the numerous trails. After some experience here, you'll have it down pat, no problem.

A highlight can be to exit out the gate by the new Oxford Police Station, and come upon the North Cemetary, which is the final resting place of Clara Barton, and it is a sight to see for those interested in history. There are many Revolutionary and Civil War Veteran's interred here as well, and it makes for a nice break if spending the day here. There's plenty of trails to do just that.

Customer Service

Enter at Greenbriar Park off Rt 12 in Oxford, easily accessible from 395S, and traverse trails to Hodges Village Dam and back...but be sure to get map/brochure in advance from the US Army Corp of Engineers, or from the numerous brochure racks posted at the various gates.

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MidState Trail to Douglas State Park or Spencer State Park
Blackstone Valley Canal District
Purgatory Chasm

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4
VALUE
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3
[May 14, 2007]
idbrian
Weekend Warrior

Not a fan of this trail. The only difficult part about this trail is the fear of falling in the water. Little tech with high fear isn't really within my interest. IF this trail wasn't near the water i would have disliked it because it was pretty boring, but decent for beginner. Seeing as it is right by the water it is still boring but and also bad for a beginner. There were sections of trails that i got scared and walked, and it was a good idea because as i walked it i found that it would have been impossible to get by without handlebars getting clipped and throwing you in the water. There is no MTB maintenance done here either which ruins the flow in the few areas that are interesting. With all the other trials in this area i would recommend leaving this one to the hikers. When you get to the opposite side of the water from the boat ramp lot it is all double track, from ATV's. You can see ATV trails leading right up to someone's house, which you think would be enough for whatever governing agency to further investigate.

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2
VALUE
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2
[Jun 24, 1999]
Dave Ceppetelli

8 mile loop that is relatively flat. The entire loop rides along the perimeter of the lake. Near the boat ramp, enter to the left by the outhouse. This trail will test your technical skills especially balance. The east side is the most technical, while the west offers more speedy terrain. Overall, not a bad intermediate trail. RIDE IN THE SUMMER! WHY? THERE IS A ROPE SWING ON THE WEST SIDE ACROSS FROM THE BEACH!! COWABUNGA!

Customer Service

Park at boat ramp at Buffumville Park. You can find a map here or in the parking area across the road near the beach.

Similar Products Used:

Hodges Village Dam (a.ka. Greenbrier Park) Oxford, MA...Heritage State Park, Uxbridge, MA (only for a monumental tough climb and fast downhill)

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3
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[Mar 18, 2001]
Bryan

Park at the boat ramp and catch the trailhead just to the south of the parking area(near the BMX jumps)circumnavigate the lake(s) in a clock wise direction,plenty of technical riding on both eastern sides of the lake,theres some pretty good off camber stuff that if youre not on your game,you be goin for a swim,definately ride it in the later part of the spring,Iv'e found trail maintenance rather poor and theres alot of debris from the rising waters that accumalate during the winter months.Ive also only found one section that would be a definate double "x" marker on the EFTA scale in the south eastern side,it's not the drop,but the transition at the bottom that will bite you in the ass if your not careful.

Customer Service

around the lake,....twice for a good workout

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3
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[Jun 22, 2002]
donnie

good quick ride about 7 miles some tech stuff good fun not to tough .good loop for nt much time.and you can take a swim after

Customer Service

start from boat ramp

Similar Products Used:

lots of trails in the area

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4
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[Apr 30, 2003]
dbl_dubs

more technical up & down early on, then the route levels out. don't let it all out on the downhills, 'cuz you may end up in the lake. spring '03 there are some areas which have been washed out, and about 1/4 mile presently under waist-deep water. people call this advanced? my wife has ridden it. and with the exception of the first mile or so had no complaints. I wouldn't take someone who isn't ready for some rough stuff, but for the region this is pretty mild. look out for pedestrians, and the occaisional equestrian.

Customer Service

from the boat ramp, clockwise round the lake. wait for the drier months, or you'll be bush-whacking, looking for blue blazes!

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lots of hidden gems in south-central MA...

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4
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