Dubuque Memorial State Park - Trail, Charlemont, Massachusetts

Dubuque Memorial State Park - Trail, Charlemont, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

The area is an excellent forest criss-crossed with well-maintained fire roads. Lots of ups and downs. Very few people, which unfortunately means there isn't a well-developed network of single track. A few of the hiking trails look decent, including some that are clearly more mt bike oriented than hiking, but it seems they're technically off-limits to bikers.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 22, 2010]
PotHeadFromHawley
Cross Country Rider

The best access is to go in from Rte 8A, where there is parking at Hallockville Pond. There is very little fun singletrack to ride here. We spent a whole weekend searching and only found a couple of dull trails. The 2008 ice storm really messed this place up, its a disaster now. We had more fun in Catamount Forest in Charlemont.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 15, 2007]
Norse Man
Weekend Warrior

This place is scary, not the trails but the ghosts and other weird phenomenon that exist. Every time I get lost and I can't even follow my tracks back because the get "erased" by whatever is in those woods. There are not one, but two cemetery's in Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Park and there is a lot of unresolved issues burried in these woods. Once I was charged by a force and totally lost control but when I looked up from where I crashed there was nothing there. It could be a sunny 75 degree day but in those woods it is much colder and you will always have goosebumps. The other reviewer complained about hills and bugs but really you need to be most worried about the evil spirits!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 11, 2003]
Rider X
Cross Country Rider

The last reviewer, I think, unfortunately missed out on Hawley's (what everyone calls Dubuque) hidden treasures, of which there are plenty. If you can, white in the parking area by the old white firehouse off of East hawley RD (about 7 miles up from Route 2, Berkshire East area). Eventually some locals who know the trails will show up...follow them (they won't be friendly...at first, it's hard to explain but it's a hill town/Berkshire cultural thing). There are at least 20 miles of the finest singletrack around secreted away in this park! If you go by yourself, do this..Starting from the dirt/grass parking area near the old Hawley Firehouse head into the woods on the wide double-track trail. Bear Left at the first intersection and head up the slight incline...and start paying attention, after about 21/4 mile into the woods you'll see singletrack trails heading off to the left and the right, take one and ride, they all eventually drop you back off on other doubletrack dirt roads which if you pay attention you will spot other single track trails leading off of them, get on them. It will take you several 5-6 hours weekend days of exploring, a good Dubuque Map (none of the singletrack trails are available on it)toget a feel for the vast trail system available in this park. Trust me, it has a delightful blend of smooth twisty rippers, outrageous, white knuckly big rock, steep technical, and great, protracted singletrack climbing. But, alas it's not easy to find...but its hear, there really is buried treasure in these woods, if you are a brave enough soul to find it. Oh yeah, when you do find it you'll never pass this place for Savoy State Forest Again

Customer Service

Start at the Firehous on East Hawley Road and explore the hidden, or not well marked singletrack.

Similar Products Used:

Pittsfield State Forest, October Mountain, Yokun Ridge, Greenfield Rocky Ridge, Catamount.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 03, 2003]
Trail Fairy
Cross Country Rider

I wasn't very impressed with this place. A few wet and buggy trails, and lots of steep dirt roads. Recent logging activity has destroyed a few trails. Horses have ruined other trails....too bad. Try Savoy State Forest to the west, it nas miles of rocky, technical singletrack and a great view from the firetower,

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 14, 2000]
MtnLuver

I only saw about 1/4 of this place; it's pretty large and I only had a few hours. But here's what I learned:
* Primarily well-maintained fire roads
* Very hilly (it's in the moutains, afterall)
* VERY little traffic - it's an out-of-the-way area

Other than the fire roads, I followed some horse tracks onto what was probably Basin Brook Trail; it was decent, but not much of a trail given the dearth of traffic. I tried to get back to the fire roads via what was probably Hitchcock Meadow Trail - fugitabout it! The worse hike-a-bike I've been through all year. Serves me right for riding on what is probably hiking-only trail (misled by the horse tracks, though). Finally, I did find one sweet mt bike trail connecting Moody Spring Road and the Hallockville Road/Basin Brook Trail junction: it looks to be open to bikes, and it was a nice piece of twisty single track.

There may be much more to this place, but I didn't have any more time.

Customer Service

The Hallockville Road starts from the main parking area and bisects the largest part of the park - a good route to start exploring from.

Similar Products Used:

I hear the Savoy State Forest has good riding and plan to check it out sometime.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[May 07, 2002]
endo-on-head

This place (AKA Hawley SF) has lots of confusing intersections at dirt roads, making it very easy to get lost. A map would be helpful. Mostly beginner riding with few nasty, mucky snowmobile trails that aren't worth the trouble. Being at a high elevation its very wet until summer, then the bugs will eat you alive! Bring a GPS and lots of bug dope. If you like lots of hill climbs on dirt roads, this is the place to test your lungs.

Customer Service

Off Rte 116 onto Rte 8A or up 8A from Rte 2. Other entrances are available.

Similar Products Used:

Catamount SF in Shelburne, off Rte 2.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 11, 2002]
Sir Slams alot

Obviously anybody that reviewed this trail and said it was easy is the dumbest person i have ever met. They probably only went to i trail then shit themselves. If you simply find some trails, get a little lost, then this place can be one of the funnest places in Mass. My friends and I found some incredible up hill climbs and down hills

Customer Service

Just get lost, screw rules

Similar Products Used:

Mt. Greylock, i challenge you to ride this. Pittsfield State park, incredible.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[May 03, 2003]
Nick

Hawley State Forest (aka Debuque) has the sweetest single track i know but if you haven't ridden their a lot, you probably don't know where the fun stuff is. their are miles of dirt roads (pretty hilly) that aren't much fun but once you get off trail (legal and nonlegal trails)it gets good.

Single track ranges from easy to really hard/technical. Some of these trails most anyone could ride but others i haven't cleaned yet. Also most of the illegal trails are unmarked and often hard to find. If you do start at the headquarters on rt8A, you could also check out savoy state forest.

theirs no traffic-yet- so keep it quiet :)

Customer Service

find someone who knows what they're doing- you will never find anything if you don't

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Also acess Hawley State Forest from the Hawley fire station- this is better in some ways because of added elevation.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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