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      There are three recommended routes at Great Brook State Farm which will give the first-time rider a good introduction to the riding area.:

      - a 4.1 miles beginner ride,
      - an 11.6 miles intermediate loop, and
      - a 13.6 miles "advanced" loop.

      All three rides start from the XC Ski parking lot. The beginner ride pretty much sticks to the carriage paths and wider trails and is novice and family-friendly. Both the intermediate and advanced loops start by crossing Lowell Rd from the parking area and climbing Acorn Hill, then return to the parking lot and head off to the more challenging trails of Indian Hill and Stone Row. The intermediate loop returns from Acorn hill across the street then navigate many of the singletrack trails going counter-clockwise around the park. The advanced loop includes most of the descent trails in the park.

      Info about Great Brook Farm State Park:

      Great Brook State Park may be the best family mountain biking area in Massachusetts. The park has a variety of facilities for numerous activities. The park includes ample parking, a working dairy farm (and homemade ice cream stand), a duck pond, and even a sort of kiddie-zoo with a few barnyard animals. There's a variety of trails through meadows, around pastures, and through woods for hiking, biking, XC-skiing, and equestrian activities.

      Great Brook is a great place to go for any outing with a group of people, some of which do, and some of which do not mountain bike. There are numerous nice spots for setting a blanket and picnicking. Riders can go off and cycle short loops of a couple of miles. While hikers can go off and hike. There are some ponds where children may enjoy fishing. Many of the trails at Great Brook are wide, level, and double-track, ideally suited to family rides. These double-tracks are also quite attractive since they are very natural in texture and are not rutted like jeep roads.

      In addition to the double-tracks are a variety of very easy single-tracks. Many of these are paths are routed around the perimeters of meadows and pastures. Please stay on the paths and avoid cutting across open spaces.

      Some of the more out-of-the-way trails offer more challenges. The Wood chuck trail is a nice loop with a couple of larger hills. It isn't far off the beaten track so you do want to keep a lookout for hikers, horses, and other bikers. One of my favorite rides at Great Brook is the Heart Break Ridge. This trail goes out for a couple of miles and then loops back on the newly built single-track. That turns what once was an out and back into a fun loop. This trail starts with a short steep climb on a newly built switchback. It's tough to clean the last fifteen feet or so because of some nasty roots. The trail continues with some moderately technical but not nasty single-track along the top of a ridge. The trail then becomes narrow but smooth and fast 3rd-ring single track. Possibly the most difficult trail in the park is Stone Row, located in the northern quadrant of the park.

      Great Brook is very popular since it is such a great family and beginner area. Because it is such a popular family area, it's not a great idea for advanced riders to come to Great Brook to do their serious weekend pounding. It's wise for fast riders to avoid this park on nice summer weekends. It certainly is a good idea to avoid riding hard on the main trails. The main trails are frequented by family groups of four of five people, both hikers and bikers, including young kids, often on little bikes. And you'll encounter lots of horses. I'd suggest cooling it when around riding near non-bikers. The more out-of-the-way s ingle-tracks offer more challenge and rarely have anyone else on them. In recent years NEMBA has been building new single tracks and constructing bridges. Most of these are on the newest map, usually available as a handout in the main parking area.

      Great Brook Farm State Park is a wonderful destination for a moderate mountain bike ride through rolling secondary woodlands, old farm carriage roads, and rocky eskers. It is a working farm and features a popular ice cream stand for an après-ride treat. Parking is $2. NEMBA has volunteered and stewarded Great Brook since 1995 and built some of the most popular trails enjoyed by mountain bikers: Stone Row, Keyes Loop, Fern Loop, Deer Run, and sections of the Acorn Trail, Toffett Loop, and Indian Hill. NEMBA installed all of the water crossing boardwalks and made a $3000 donation for the purchase of adjacent property to expand the park.

      Great Brook Farm is a shared-use park in the best sense of the word. In addition to mountain biking, horseback riding is very popular, as is trail running, walking, and dog walking. Many people come to Great Brook to picnic around the pond, view the farm animals, and take a tour of the farmyard with a DCR interpreter. All the different park users are friendly and respectful towards one another, and user conflict is minimal – a testament to the even-handed style of the land manager. During the winter, the park is a dedicated Great Brook Ski Touring Center and only cross-country skiing is allowed on the majority of the trails (only the trails west of Lowell Street are open to non-skiers). Until 2007, the Greater Boston chapter of NEMBA kept Great Brook under its stewardship wing; however, since Great Brook and the nearby Lowell-Dracut State Forest are managed by the same DCR land manager, the Merrimack Valley NEMBA chapter is now the main steward, with support and volunteer help from Greater Boston NEMBA.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Land Status: State Park
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      Region Status
      Open as of Nov 24, 2023
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      Trails Mountain Bike
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      Trails Snowshoe
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      Total Distance
      22 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      7 miles
      Total Descent
      1,036 ft
      Total Vertical
      165 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      295 ft
      Ridden Counter

      Photos of Great Brook Farm State Park Mountain Bike

      35 |
      Jul 23, 2021 @ 6:53pm
      Jul 23, 2021
      trail: Stone Row
      170 |
      Jan 19, 2021 @ 4:10pm
      Jan 19, 2021
      37 |
      Oct 9, 2020 @ 5:43pm
      Oct 9, 2020
      trail: Acorn Trail
      107 |
      Aug 13, 2020 @ 2:01pm
      Aug 13, 2020
      trail: Acorn Trail
      76 |
      Aug 13, 2020 @ 1:12pm
      Aug 13, 2020
      119 |
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 8:34am
      Jul 21, 2019
      trail: Acorn North
      152 |
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 8:34am
      Jul 21, 2019
      trail: Tophet West
      109 |
      Mar 30, 2019 @ 11:36am
      Mar 30, 2019

      Videos of Great Brook Farm State Park Mountain Bike

      May 28 a early morning Hot ride
      trail: Chicken
      2:42 | 290 | May 28, 2016
      trail: Chicken
      5:00 | 30700 | Nov 4, 2014
      chicken BAKAK!!
      trail: Chicken
      0:58 | 206 | Oct 17, 2008

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Heartbreak Ridge
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      Parking Access
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      VariableGood conditions. Some mud but not too much.NwEnglndMTB
      Cow Path
      Sep 15, 2021 @ 7:17am
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      Recent Comments

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike5621 miles1,037 ft7 miles164 ft
      Hike5722 miles1,037 ft7 miles164 ft
      Trail Running5722 miles1,037 ft7 miles164 ft
      Snowshoe5621 miles1,037 ft7 miles164 ft
      Nordic Ski21 mile138 ft3,264 ft108 ft
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