The Middlesex Fells Reservation, affectionately known as The Fells, is part of Greater Boston's Metropolitan Park System. This scenic, 2,060 acre wilderness retreat, located a mere 25 miles from one the largest cities in New England, is a popular outdoor destination for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. "Fells", the Saxon word for rocky, hilly tracts of land, aptly describes the diverse landscape of rocky hills, meadows, wetlands, oak and hickory forests, quiet ponds and vernal pools.
A 6.5 mile designated Mountain Bike Loop Trail, miles of hiking trails and Fire Roads Fells wind around and through a
Coyote, fisher, red fox, and white tail deer, reptiles, amphibians, and a wide variety of birds can be found here.
It's a scenic area rich in local history. Cultural and history buffs will discover a fascinating also find is home to wide variety of plants and wildlife. Coyote, fisher, red fox, and white tail deer, reptiles, amphibians, and a wide variety of birds can be found here. It's a scenic area rich in local history.
an apt name for this scenic area which is rich in local history. Cultural and history buffs will also find much to interest them in this picturesque area, which was once favored for timber, granite quarrying, ice industry, and water power for the many mills including one that manufactured some of the first vulcanized rubber products.
The Middlesex Fells Mountain Bike Loop Trail
The MDC closes the park to mountain bikes annually, from January 1 - April 15. Mountain biking in the Middlesex Fells allows the off-road cyclist the use of all Fire Roads. In addition to fire roads, there is a designated 6.5 mile mountain bike loop trail, which offers riders an easy to follow mountain bike route around the outer perimeter of the Western Fells. The trail travels over a variety of terrain, encompasses three Reservoirs (the North, Middle and South Reservoirs) and is well-marked by "Mountain Bike Loop" signs in both directions and green blazes on trees. This loop trail is about 85% fire roads and 15% legal single-track trail. All other singletrack trails are off-limits to bikers.
You will encounter some tough climbs, short technical sections, fun descents and a few brook crossings over small wooden bridges. If anything seems beyond your ability, just get off and walk. For the most part, people of all abilities will enjoy mountain biking in this beautiful Reservation. The trail is easily accessible from the three main parking areas. Simply follow the red "To The Loop" signs.
An official trail map can be purchased at The Botume House, the Middlesex Fells Headquarters located at at 4 Woodland Road.
With natural areas in limited supply, especially near urban centers, sustainable multi-use trail design, adequate trail maintenance and respect for all trail users are the recipes needed to avoid conflict among trail users. Follow Park regulations and pay attention to ALL trail signs. Trail restrictions are based on the sensitivity of soil, slopes, wildlife habitat, and public safely concerns.
MDC Mountain Bike Policy
From North: 93 South to exit 35. At stop take a left under hightway. At next stop sign take a right. At first set of lights (rt28) take a right for Sheepfold entrance. OR . . .
93 South to exit 33(RT28N). Take first right onto South Border Road. Bellevue Pond on right.
From South: 93 North to exit 33(RT28N) for Sheepfold or proceed halfway around rotary and take South Border Road for Bellevue Pond.
To the West Side of the Middlesex Fells: Orange Line to Wellington Station, MBTA bus #100 to Roosevelt Circle Rotary. Walk south to the rotary and turn right on South Border Rd. - Bellevue Pond entrance to the Reservation is .2 mile up South Border Rd. on the right.
To the East Side of the Middlesex Fells: Orange Line to Oak Grove Station, exit on the Washington St. side and head north on Washington Street (away from Boston). Washington Street bears left at intersection with Pleasant St. Go one more block up Washington Street and turn left on Goodyear Ave. Goodyear Ave. ends at the Gate 58 entrance to the Reservation at the east end of the blue blazed Cross Fells Trail.
For more information:
Mountain Bike rides and trail maintenance at the Fells are sponsored by the New England Mountain Biking Association (NEMBA).
DCR North Region Office
Phone: (781) 322-2851 or (781) 662-5230