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      "Fort Rock is the commonly known name for two separate Town Forests, the Henderson-Swasey Town Forest in Exeter and the Oakland Town Forest in Newfields. They are separated by Route 101. Joining them together is a large metal culvert that runs under the highway.

      The trails here offer almost unlimited technical challenges to the rider who's willing to work a bit. It's almost impossible to ride here without dodging or climbing over a plethora of exposed rocks and roots. And the trip under Route 101 is almost unique in all of New England's riding.

      Riding at Fort Rock is challenging. There are too many trails to ride in one outing, so expect to come back if you want to explore everything.

      Of the two properties, Oakland Hills seems to offer the most technical challenge. While Henderson-Swasey has the majority of the more mellow trails.

      Henderson-Swasey has some smooth rolling old woods roads. Many of the singletracks leading off of these are quite technical. There is a short graded dirt road and a long gas line that's located near the main parking lot and they offer the mellowest riding on the property.

      From the parking area at Oakland Hills you head down a long old woods road that's turning into a singletrack. Branching off from it you'll find lots of well used singletracks and degraded forests roads. Many of these are very challenging.

      While both properties abut each other and are only separated by a highway I find them to be quite a bit different. I prefer Henderson-Swasey when I want a ride that's composed of a variety of riding experiences. Oakland Hills is my choice when I want to beat myself up more consistently on challenging terrain.

      The trails leading from both properties to the culvert are quite difficult, and most people will find themselves getting off and walking at least once."
      NEMBA
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      Land Status: Community Forest
      Watson Parking Lot google parking directions
      Access Info:
      "From Route 101 that the Route 85 Exit. The entrance to Henderson-Swasey is located a quarter of a mile to the south. The parking area for Oakland Hills is a quarter of a mile to the north."
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      Region Details
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      • 99
      • 13
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      • 1

      Region Status
      Open as of May 10, 2022

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      143
      Trails Mountain Bike
      142
      Trails E-Bike
      5
      Trails Hike
      137
      Trails Trail Running
      137
      Trails Snowmobile
      8
      Trails Snowshoe
      140
      Trails Downhill Ski
      1
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      1
      Trails Nordic Ski
      12
      Total Distance
      38 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      12 miles
      Total Descent
      2,791 ft
      Total Vertical
      204 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      224 ft
      Reports
      809
      Photos
      57
      Ridden Counter
      38,981

      Fort Rock Mountain Bike Routes

      titleratingdistance
      Watson Lot Fort Rock Sampler
      10 miles
      Fort Rock
      8 miles
      Watson Lot 6 miler
      6 miles
      4 mile Fort Rock Ridepopular ridelog4 miles
      5 mile Fort Rock Ridepopular ridelog5 miles
      5 mile Fort Rock Ridepopular ridelog5 miles
      11 mile Fort Rock All-Mountain Ridepopular ridelog11 miles
      11 mile Fort Rock Ridepopular ridelog11 miles
      12 mile Fort Rock Ridepopular ridelog12 miles
      5 mile Fort Rock Ridepopular ridelog5 miles

      Recent Ride Log Activity in Region

      Today
      • 15 rides
      Yesterday
      • 21 rides
      Past Week
      • 187 rides

      Photos of Fort Rock Mountain Bike

      trail: Shope Run
      34 |
      Jan 28, 2022 @ 7:33am
      Jan 28, 2022
      28 |
      Oct 31, 2021 @ 6:01am
      Oct 31, 2021
      40 |
      Oct 31, 2021 @ 6:00am
      Oct 31, 2021
      trail: Olive Branch
      54 |
      Oct 13, 2021 @ 10:48am
      Oct 13, 2021
      trail: Olive Branch
      58 |
      Oct 13, 2021 @ 10:48am
      Oct 13, 2021
      trail: PBR Trail
      41 |
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 3:33pm
      Sep 16, 2021
      57 |
      Sep 12, 2021 @ 10:21am
      Sep 12, 2021
      trail: Olive Branch
      77 |
      Jun 16, 2021 @ 6:06am
      Jun 16, 2021

      Videos of Fort Rock Mountain Bike

      Profile Classic hub sound
      trail: Hub
      0:11 | 106 | May 29, 2020
      Mt. Washington Summit Descent
      trail: Summit
      3:11 | 2993 | Dec 19, 2019
      Speed, Power, Raw
      trail: Power
      0:57 | 21 | Nov 23, 2018
      Highland 2018 NE Style + Power hour
      trail: Power
      3:17 | 63 | Oct 9, 2018
      GoPro clip submission
      trail: Power
      1:59 | 68 | Apr 28, 2018
      Women's Gravity Weekender 2017
      trail: Gravity
      4:15 | 584 | May 18, 2017
      highland raw
      trail: Power
      5:03 | 122 | May 30, 2016
      Hot summer day.
      trail: Wheel
      1:10 | 38 | Aug 19, 2015

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1309489WillieJacobszupdateregionFort Rock
      May 27, 2022 @ 1:08pm
      22 hours
      user #3043627NickArmellinoIneriddentrailOlive Bridge
      May 26, 2022 @ 7:09am
      2 days
      user #2926094scoutnhriddentrailWood-bridge Jumps
      May 22, 2022 @ 6:30am
      May 22, 2022
      user #3041528CharlesRUmeHCriddentrailMug Club
      May 19, 2022 @ 7:11pm
      May 19, 2022
      user #2886353shaninNHwishlistrouteWatson Lot 6 miler
      May 19, 2022 @ 6:36am
      May 19, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      user #2210964BparrtrailMug ClubDefinitely a single black, super fun though!
      Jan 29, 2022 @ 7:23pm
      Jan 29, 2022
      user #2882153Tarik123trailXLR8Fun but very muddy
      Jan 1, 2022 @ 1:24pm
      Jan 1, 2022
      user #2716384ChaseNHtrailOlive BranchI usually ride this trail on a daily basis its...
      Oct 23, 2021 @ 3:37pm
      Oct 23, 2021
      user #2359593dgsmith15reportWheel Power-EdMassive tree down, tried to snap a pic but...
      Oct 17, 2021 @ 5:04pm
      Oct 17, 2021
      user #2379890mikedannytrailWheel Power-Ed9
      Sep 16, 2021 @ 3:47pm
      Sep 16, 2021

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike14238 miles2,782 ft12 miles203 ft
      #84#3358809315,065
      E-Bike52 miles138 ft3,301 ft102 ft
      #1,123#29279283
      Hike13738 miles2,753 ft12 miles203 ft
      #58#298081117
      Trail Running13738 miles2,753 ft12 miles203 ft
      #58#288081150
      Snowmobile83 miles246 ft1 mile105 ft
      #24#104483
      Snowshoe14038 miles2,782 ft12 miles203 ft
      #3#2461136
      Downhill Ski1246 ft69 ft7 ft
      Backcountry Ski1246 ft69 ft7 ft
      1
      Nordic Ski125 miles479 ft2 miles200 ft
      #18#1445227
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