Bradley Palmer State Park

Topsfield, Massachusetts 01983

Bradley Palmer State Park

Bradley Palmer State Park Professional Review and Guide

"Topsfield, about 35 miles north of Boston. This is rolling terrain, with many flat stretches and some short, steep climbs and to two hills.

This park is also used by horseback riders. When passing a horse, make sure to slow down and communicate with the rider, since some horses can become skittish around bicyclists. These trails are also used by hikers, and there is motorized traffic on paved Park Road. A few of the steeper trails in Bradley Palmer are quite eroded, so know your limits."

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"As far as the trails go, they are friendly to bikes. The hard dirt surfaces allow tires to hook up well, and climbing is just a matter of moving the cranks. The hills here, Blueberry and Moon Hill, are not too tall. They have some nice paths downhill that resemble wide singletrack and wind around the face of the hills. There are a few trails on the face of Blueberry Hill that are overgrown with thorn bushes, but downhill options are plentiful, and the majority of the riding is on wide, flat doubletrack.

The flat doubletrack covers over 720 acres and winds around the park like a giant maze. The main thing to understand is that most of the trails intersect with another path or the access road at some point. Residential streets surround the entire park. This makes getting lost possible, but not too likely. The park's trail maps are fairly accurate and were last updated in 1998. Terrain: Packed-dirt doubletrack bridle trails, sandy fire roads, paved access roads, and some thin, rocky doubletrack trails."

"Bradley Palmer is one of the best-loved and easiest-to-locate parks on the North Shore. Local kids have happy memories of this park in summertime, when the wading pool (sort of a countrified version of the open fire hydrant) is turned on, and parents plop down on surrounding hilisides with picnic goodies.

Of course, you can create some fine memories here in winter, tool The main road into the park is, happily, plowed, and there’s plenty of parking. The interpretive trail, where we begin this hike, is just as nice in the winter as it is in summertime, offering up bits of nature fact and tree identification."

"This loop follows the Ipswich River as it cuts between Bradley Palmer State Park and the adjacent Willowdale State Forest. Together they offer 721 acres and over 20 miles of trails.

For a small sample of that variety, this hike leaves the river at the park’s edge and emerges from mountain laurel and rhododendron groves as it circles through rolling fields, rises to Blueberry Hill, and returns to the start."

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This years heavy rains have kicked up the trails a lot on the Blueberry Hill section of the park. Lots of ruts, rocks and trail erosion, make things exciting. I definetly think I need new brakes:) This park is good for everyone- a great place for beginners who need pavement, novices who like rolling dirt trails over the fields, and more skilled riders who like some downhill action.
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Lots of variety of trails to mountain bike from open fields to challenging narrow steep trails in the woods.

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Trail Information

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Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
Summer and fall are best for riding here.
Additional Use
Bradley Palmer State Park 978-887-5931
Local Contacts
At the headquarters of Bradley Palmer State Park
Local Maps

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Sep 2018