Rutland State Park - TRAIL

Rutland State Park - Trail, Rutland, Massachusetts

intermediate to advanced, with double and single track riding. some very rocky technical downhills on snow mobile trails and Mid-State trail. A map is available at the Barre Falls Dam visitors center of RT. 62 (follow 68 from 122A and make Right onto 62)

User Reviews (10)

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lynn   Cross Country Rider [Jun 01, 2014]

Nice central MA trail network with something for everyone - rail trail, fire roads, gravel roads, single track, etc. Many nice single track spurs and loops around picturesque ponds, and plenty of woodland trails. All around nice place to ride.

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tollila   Cross Country Rider [Dec 17, 2004]

There are good trails to be found here, but they are often hidden and many forays off the fire roads lead to nothing. If you live nearby, as many of my family members do, it's a fun place to ride. Otherwise, I recommend going to nearby Leominster state park.

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Lydia Barter   Racer [Sep 10, 2003]

I ride here at least 3 times a week, anywhere from 5 to 25 miles. Because all of the single track is connected with dirt roads and cart roads, its difficult to find your way around unless someone who knows the area is guiding you. Parking at 122, where the Midstate crosses, you have the option of heading north through the park (mostly singletrack to Intervale Rd., then either back track, or make your way back on pavement to dirt roads-total loop 15 mi.); or, cross 122, and ride the Midstate to the south, which eventually brings you to Browning Pond in 4.2 miles. This section has some rock gardens, is mostly flat, and makes a good out and back with some gnarly rock sections. Also, the power lines from the prison camp toward 122 is interesting--can be wet though. As you near 122, you'll find the hairy downhill that is referred to in other articles on the left side of the power lines, and a smooth quick downhill on the other side. Multi-use trails - some dirt roads open to cars...watch for horses, moose, and dirt bikes!

Customer Service

Midstate either south or north from 122.

Similar Products Used: Asnibumskit, out of Tatnuck Square, Worc., park at Cataract Street by the park bench, and climb, climb, climb!!!
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thedataman   Cross Country Rider [Aug 15, 2003]

I rode this trail once.....nice long fire roads...good aerobic workout. However, I just went back in search of singletrack.....and found myself face to face with swarms of bugs. This place is horrible for XC riders looking for single track. If you insist on riding here, bring industrial strength DEET.

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amc   [Oct 19, 1998]

Midstate trail is marked with yellow triangles and has some great techinical sections. Recommend section from Dike 1 to Ruben Walker road (need map to find it) it is about 3 miles and has a variety of terrain, rocks , climbs, and mud. If you like extreme rocky climbs and drops section from Ruben Walker road to Barre Falls dam is the most difficult in the park.

Customer Service

MAKE THAT A LEFT ONTO 62, AND THE DIRT ROAD IS TO THE RIGHT.

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JW   [Jan 20, 1999]

Mark from millis must not have left the fire roads. I have ridden both rutland and vietnam hundreds of times(I lived in rutland for two years, and now live about 15 minutes from 'nam) and rutland is every bit as good as vietnam, for different reasons. vietnam is without a doubt one of the best TECHNICAL riding areas in massachusetts but the distance of the loops is limited, there are very few good downhills, and it will eat beginners alive. Rutland on the other hand has miles and miles of amazing and fast single and double track with at least 5 excellent sustained downhills(1 mile or longer), one of which is more technical than almost anything nam has to offer!. if you want technical try the section of the mid state trail that runs from the barre falls dam to the 3 lost dikes. It it as nasty as the worst nam has to offer! the best thing about rutland is the sheer amount of riding. after 5 years of riding out there i still have only touched a fraction of the available riding. The shortest loop i ride out there is 8 miles(the usual is 20+). Rutland is also a blast to ride in the winter since many of the best trails are part of a network of snowmobile trails that get harpacked and are lightning fast. to top it off there are plenty of fire roads to keep beginners entertained for hours. buy the way, you are not actually riding the state park, but thousands of acres of conservation land surrounding it. the stae park itself is boring. Rutland is one of only three areas that I have ridden that truely deserve five stars(vietnam and lynn are the others. It so good that even though I now live 45 minutes away I still make it a point to go there at least twice a month! If any of you out there want to find out just how "boring" rutland is drop me and email

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to complicated to write in this space

Similar Products Used: there is are 2 really cool single track loops back behind and across from the worcester airport
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Mike   [Mar 08, 1999]

I have ridden a couple of times here and enjoy it. There are some great singletrack sections that are a blast to ride. The midstate trail that cuts through the park is a good ride also. The only downfall I found is no trails are marked (except the midstate), and becasue this is such a big park, it's hard as hell to figure out where your going. It seems every good singletrack section is short and dumps you out on a dirt road, there is no real flow to the trail system.

Similar Products Used: Howe State Park, Spencer
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JD   [May 20, 1999]

Easily some of the best riding in the state! Far more variety than 'Nam and several sections are just as technical if not more so. The beauty is that most of the trails are not marked - so if you want to find the really good stuff you have to explore. I've been riding these trails several times a week for the last ten years and I'm still finding new and incredible stuff to ride! Tons of wildlife too (I've actually seen several moose and coyotes.

Enjoy!

Customer Service

Start on single track on end of fire road (to the left) across from Old Turnpike Rd in Oakham - and just keep going....

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narlus   [Sep 23, 2000]

well, we stuck mainly on the mid-state (starting near the railway bed, close to the parking off rt 122A) and rode that through the dikes, past barre falls dam and over to where it intersected w/ intervale rd. we crossed the road and then did the partial section of the mid-state to rt 68, then took road and fire roads back to the car.

overall a good ride and some nice scenery (saw some moose-type habitat, but no moose, although we spooked something, either a deer or a grouse, it was tough to tell). some of the spots around blood swamp (i think that's what it is called) were really swampy and wet, but for the most part everything was navigable.

one thing i didn't see is the so-called nasty, treacherous terrain that rivals 'nam. sure, there were some bony sections, but for the most part it was pretty easy going. maybe we didn't find the right stuff. if anyone has suggestions, please post them.

Customer Service

find the yellow triangles of the mid-state trail

Similar Products Used: not sure, because i'm not from the area. but there seems to be a lot of potential.
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joe   [Jun 22, 2001]

theres noting here unless u want to fish. I followed the fireroad and found a trail to go off in but there was noting just more hills and sand. At the end i found a short trail about a mile but that came to a dead end and i had to turn around. I went back out and this tim tried anothor trail but again it came to a dead end 1/2 mile into it. Skip it theres noting here. Go to Leominister or Vienam instead/ Theres noting here.

Customer Service

skip it

Similar Products Used: Vietnam is great and very tech., Leominister is tech with tons of trails to ride, Doulgas
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