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Lynn Woods Reservation Mountain Bike Trails

Greater Boston Region, Massachusetts

Urban Legend, Gravel Grinders, Freeride


Directions
Trail Description

Location: City of Lynn, near Boston, MA

Length/Configuration: Over 30 miles of trails. A maze of gravel fire roads and singletrack. Design your own bike ride.

Terrain/Surface: Gravel Fire Roads. Trails have varied terrain. The trails North of Walden Pond are rockier.

Technical Difficulty: South of Walden Pond - easy to intermediate. North of Walden Pond - mostly difficult, for experienced technical mountain bike riders.

Elevation Change: 450 feet. varies from flat to hilly to optional steep climbs.

Trail Activities: mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing

Caution: Mountain bikers prohibited between Jan. 1 and April 15th. Stay on officially marked trails only. (Colored paint blazes). Biking not allowed on trails marked "foot traffic only".

Multi-use trail system. (No ATV and dirt bike riding).

 

Lynn Woods Reservation Trail Map
This trail map is a geographical representation designed for general reference purposes only.
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Lynn Woods Reservation Overview

Lynn Woods Reservation, located 10 miles from Boston, MA is the second largest municipal park in the United States. This 2,200 acre forested park, owned by the industrial city of Lynn, Massachusetts, encompasses almost twenty percent of Lynn’s land area. It's an Urban Legend mountain bike destination with 10 miles of gravel roads and a 30 mile trail system with moderate to rough and technical terrain near Boston, MA.

The Reserve features rocky ledges, hardwoods and evergreen forest, streams, wetlands, and ponds. Three active reservoirs (lakes) provide idyllic pond-scapes as well as clean water for the City of Lynn, Massachusetts. Major points of interest in the Reservation are: an elegantly landscaped three acre Rose Garden; Dungeon Rock, an underground cave with a history of pirate lore and treasure seekers; the Wolf pits where early Lynn settlers trapped wolves and the Stone Tower, designed as a Fire Watch tower.

Other park amenities include 2 picnic areas, an Ampitheater for open-air concerts and programs (sesonally).

Lynn Woods Reservation Mountain Bike Trails

A maze of trails criss-cross Lynn Woods Reservation and wind through wetlands, natural deciduous and evergreen forests including hemlock stands and around idyllic pond-scapes. A variety of terrain ranging from gravel fire roads and technical singletrack to rocky ledges and fields strewn with boulders of all shapes and sizes provide some of the best mountain biking within the Greater Boston area.

Walden Pond, the largest of the three reservoirs (ponds) in Lynn Woods, divides the reservation into two distinct areas. To the South of Walden Pond, a maze of gravel-surfaced fire roads and some singletrack provide mostly easy to moderate riding. The five-story Stone Tower (1/4 mile from the main parking lot) and Dhngeon Rock provide an interesting diversion in this area of the Reservation.

The trails that are located to the north of Walden Pond are for experienced technical riders who like to eat rocks for breakfast. Rocks, rocks and even larger rocks! The area is widely considered as one of the best places in the United States to do freeride mountain biking. With trail names such as Wicked Hard, Awesome Sauce, Shark’s Tooth, Chicken Soup and Kellys High jump Line.

Before you ride, take the time to learn the layout of the trail system and pick up a copy of the official park map. Bike on the multi-use trails designated for biking which are marked with colored paint blazes. If it isn't on the map it isn't an official trail. Mountain biking is not permitted on the trails marked "foot traffic only".

Trail Highlights and Nearby Points of Interest

Scenic Viewpoints

Stone Tower

Sitting on the top of the highest point in Lynn (285 ft) on Burrell Hil, this fire observation tower was built as a Fire Watch Tower in 1936. A cast iron spiral stair links the second, third and fourth floors from within. Stone Tower offers impressive views of Lynn's waterfront as well as Boston’s skyline. It has gone through several rennovation stages.

Check with the Park Ranger for access information.

Dungeon Rock

Dungeon Rock and Dungeon Pasture reportedly received their name after pirate Thomas Veal, hiding out in a cave, was buried by an earthquake in 1658, along with his treasure. The rock above him splintered and fell in upon him, sealing him inside forever. Now it's a tourist attraction with an underground tunnel both kids and adults love to explore.

Wolf Pits

The Wolf Pits are another interesting vestige of the past that can be found in the Lynn Woods Reservation today. In the 1600's Lynn area settlers dug stone lined pits to trap wolves for fear of their lives and to protect their livestock. They completely eradicated wolves from the area by 1775. Tragic and sad.

Historical Notes

The entire portion of Lynn Woods Reservation within Lynn city bounds was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 as a Historic District. The land originally was used as a common community woodlot throughout the 17th century; and in the 19th century was used more for recreational uses. The property eventually became a permanently protected municipal forest park.

A hiking group established nature trails and camps in the Lynn Woods some of which are still in use today. In 1889, Frederick Law Olmsted was hired as a design consultant. Olmsted recommended that Lynn Woods be kept in its natural state as “rugged and wild forest.” He recommended design elements that included a circuit system of carriage roads and walking trails. Today, some of the place names, such as Ox Pasture, Meeting House Swamp, and Great Woods Road indicate former land uses of the site.

Directions

From Rte 128 North or South: exit 43 in Lynnfield, (4 miles to Lynn Woods) at bottom of ramp, head east, following signs to Walnut St., Saugus/Lynn. At 1.5 miles, bear left at fork. You will cross over Rte. 1 and continue into Lynn (boundary is unmarked) on Walnut St. At blinking light, turn left onto Pennybrook Rd. (opposite O'Callaghan Way). Go to end of Pennybrook Rd. and between two stone pillars into the Reservation.

More Information

Lynn Woods Reservation
106 Pennybrook Rd
Lynn, MA 01905

Municipal Park Website: http://www.lynnma.gov/departments/lynnwoods.shtml

 

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