F Gilbert Hills State Forest

Foxborough, Massachusetts

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As is typical of Massachusetts's wilderness areas, Foxborough has been shaped by glacial activity. The large boulders, loose sandy soil, and sharp changes in elevations are a result of this activity. Because of this, the riding is more challenging. The soil mixture that remains is technically called glacial till. A great way to understand how it cam to be is to think of a giant using boulders the size of mountains as sandpaper. The land was rubbed with these giant pieces of earth until the result was a vast array of soil ranging from sand to slickrock. Terrain: A healthy amount of singletrack with some doubletrack fire roads at the beginning and end of the ride. Roots and rocks are plentiful. About 20% level with the remainder either made up of climbs or descents. Primarily dry but there are two or three areas that are muddy year-round.
Mountain Bike America: Boston

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Mountain Bike America: Boston

by Jeff Cutler (The Globe Pequot Press)

As is typical of Massachusetts's wilderness areas, Foxborough has been shaped by glacial activity. The large boulders, loose sandy soil, and sharp changes in elevations are a result of this activity. Because of this, the riding is more challenging. The soil mixture that remains is technically called glacial till. A great way to understand how it cam to be is to think of a giant using boulders the size of mountains as sandpaper.

The land was rubbed with these giant pieces of earth until the result was a vast array of soil ranging from sand to slickrock. Terrain: A healthy amount of singletrack with some doubletrack fire roads at the beginning and end of the ride. Roots and rocks are plentiful. About 20% level with the remainder either made up of climbs or descents. Primarily dry but there are two or three areas that are muddy year-round.

©  Jeff Cutler/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Foxborough
Distance: 10.6
Elevation Gain: 483 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Trail is open year-round. Cross-country skiing during the winter; hunting in the fall.
Trailhead Elevation: 225 feet
Top Elevation: 400 feet
Local Contacts: F Gilbert Hills State Forest, 508-543-5850
Local Maps: USGS Franklin; Maps of the park are available at the ranger station.
Driving Directions: Directions to F. Gilbert Hills State Forest

Recent Trail Reviews

5/5/2008
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This is a great ride! Lots of single track and not many other bikes. This is not a ride for a leisurely aftenoon however. Be prepared for lots of climbing and lots of rocks and roots. If you are a weekend warrior looking for a kick ass workout and a bad ass ride this is the best near Boston that I have found.



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