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Mountain bike through a deep granite Gorge and federally designated Wild and Scenic River hidden in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts on the East Branch Trail

Both the Cape Cod Rail Trail and Myles Standish State Forest take cyclists along seashore bike paths and trails that wind through pine forests, charming towns, fishing villages, past beaches and lighthouses.

Cycle the Marblehead Rail Trail, located north of Boston for a ride along scenic, rocky coastline, past charming seaside towns.

Beartown State Forest located in the Berkshires is one of the coolest places to ride in summer. Miles of trails wind through cool forest and Benedict Pond with it's sandy beach is ideal . . .

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Massachusetts has the sixth largest system of State Forests, Parks and Wildlife Management Areas in the nation. Hundreds of miles of multi-use trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and other outdoor activities.

Situated in the hills of western Massachusetts and within easy reach of New York City and Boston, the Berkshires Region is a four season outdoor destination that offers a wonderful brew of history, culture and recreation. October Mountain, Savoy Mountain and Beartown State Forest have some of the largest trail networks in the area. Jiminy Peak ski resort offers the most extensive lift-served mountain biking in the Berkshires.

After your mountain bike ride, explore the charming New England villages of Stockbridge, Lenox and Great Barrington. Browse through the many antique shops and enjoy a romantic weekend with candlelit dinner in one of the area's many historic inns. In the fall, the Berkshires are magical when the hills and valleys are painted with brilliant hues of red and orange.

Located in the heart of Massachusetts, the Central region is characterized by the 46-mile Blackstone River, rolling countryside, farmland, meadows and quintessential New England towns. The region is well-known for it's historical background with landmarks dating back to the Industrial Revolution. It is the home of Old Sturbridge Village and the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed. Biking along the scenic Blackstone River Rail Trail at Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park is an absolute must for history lovers.

There are some legendary Massachusetts mountain bike trails in the Greater Boston area. Lynn Woods Reservation, The Middlesex Fells and Wompatuck State Park are two popular places to ride.

The Northeast region, north of Boston, is comprised of the picturesque North Shore which includes Gloucester, the nation's oldest fishing seaport, the old mill town of Lowell, picturesque Rockport, and historical Salem. The region is noted for its miles of rocky shores and beaches, museums and the longest operating art colony in the United States. The Marblehead Rail Trail, with a side spur to Salem, winds through scenic waterside communities providing an easy ride with the opportunity for a swim. Historical experiences await you in both Salem and Marblehead.

The Merrimack River flows along the northern border with New Hampshire. This area is characterized by rolling hills with broad valleys and an unspoiled rural charm. The former Moseley family estate on the Merrimack River, now Maudslay State Park, has trails featuring undulating meadows, towering pines and exquisite 19th century gardens.

The Pioneer Valley is a land of both mountains and rivers. The Connecticut River flows south from Vermont to the Long Island Sound and meanders in big loops across a broad fertile valley. In the northern reaches of the region, the Holyoke Range, towers over 1,100 feet above the Connecticut River. Here you will find some of the best mountain biking venues in Massachussetts. Holyoke Range State Park offers miles of bridle and carriage paths for the mountain biker with breathtaking views. Otter River State Forest has ample opportunity for wildlife viewing experiences. Other good places to ride are: Mount Tom State Reservation, Mount Toby in Sunderland, and The Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center.

Southeast Massachusetts is characterized by miles of beaches, marshlands, lighthouses, sea captains' homes, picturesque fishing villages and the sandy dunes of Cape Cod. There are many miles of bicycle paths and mountain bike trails. Some are convenient routes across the Cape and along the National Seashore while others are "off-the-beaten-path".

The Manuel F. Correllus State Forest, the winding roads on Martha's Vineyard, Nickerson State Park, West Barnstable Conservation Area (Trail of Tears) and the 25 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail offer spectacular cycling in an ocean setting with views of wide dune fields, sandy bluffs, wildflower meadows and unspoiled beaches.

 

 

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