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      The town of Groton got its name in 1655 a few years after John Tinker set up a trading post among the Nashaway Indians near the junction of the Squannacook and Nashua rivers.

      The Groton Memorial Town Forest is one of Groton's largest trail systems with over 16 miles of trails. A favorite location for mounting biking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, and the annual Groton Town Forest Trail Race.

      When I'm riding in the Groton Town Forest I like to think that the trails that I'm enjoying aren't very much different than the trails that these early settlers explored. And that possibly I'm on some of the same trails that these long departed settlers and Indians used for hunting, trapping, fishing and to get from one village to another. And at times, in these woods, gazing over a seemingly remote river from a high bank, you may imagine yourself back in those earlier times too. But, those early trail users didn't have the advantages that I do mounted as I am on a bright shiny trail bicycle.

      The trails in the Gorton Town Forest are fast, mostly smooth, sometimes sandy and sometimes hilly. They flow in and out of the woods on a series of old woods roads and singletracks. You'll frequently find yourself cresting and then riding along the ridge of a drumlin that was left there by the last glacier. But then, a few minutes later, you're riding alongside a riverbed and ducking under low hanging branches.

      To see which trails are the most popular, on the map above, hit the “Trail Style” tab to open the drop down list, then hit “Popularity. The trails colored red are ridden the most while the trails colored green is at the other end.

      Too hot? Why not go for a swim in the Squannacook River?

      There are 6.4 miles of marked trails in the forest. They form a loop and they can be ridden in both directions. The marked loop is probably the best introduction you can get to the area. It stays pretty close to the outer boundaries of the forest. On your second and subsequent loops, begin exploring some of the many side trails that branch off the main trail and, in time, you'll have ridden, and enjoyed, everything. Oh The side trails all connect back to the marked loop, and once you learn them, you'll be able to link together any number of good rides.
      source: NEMBA
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Land Status: Community Forest
      Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      From route 495 take exit 31 and follow route 119 (Great Road) until it becomes Boston Road and then Main Street in Groton Center. After the center bear left on route 225 where it splits off from route 119. Follow route 225 for a little over a mile and turn left on Town Forest Road. Follow it to the end, going past some new houses and park in the dirt parking area at 93 Town Forest Rd, Groton, MA 01450
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      Region Status
      Open as of Mar 30, 2024
      Local Trail Association

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      Trails (view details)
      30
      Trails Mountain Bike
      30
      Trails Hike
      30
      Trails Trail Running
      30
      Total Distance
      16 miles
      Total Descent
      1,499 ft
      Total Vertical
      83 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      277 ft
      Reports
      91
      Photos
      9
      Ridden Counter
      4,315

      Photos of Groton Town Forest Mountain Bike

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      Mar 30, 2024 @ 9:00am
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      Mar 30, 2024 @ 8:59am
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      trail: E3 to F9
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      Jul 15, 2023 @ 8:49am
      Jul 15, 2023
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      trail: Loop Trail
      32 |
      Apr 5, 2023 @ 4:02am
      Apr 5, 2023
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      trail: B1 to E5
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      Apr 17, 2022 @ 11:59pm
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      trail: B5 to F7
      54 |
      Sep 7, 2020 @ 10:17am
      Sep 7, 2020
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      Feb 21, 2019 @ 1:45pm
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      Feb 21, 2019 @ 1:44pm
      Feb 21, 2019

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      Recent Comments

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      andrew-lamarchetrailDead River Swamp TrailThis section was nice. Tree down right now though
      Nov 20, 2021 @ 6:34pm
      Nov 20, 2021
      DirtyjumpatrailB1 to B7Awesome flowy ups and downs along a hill side....
      Apr 10, 2020 @ 1:53pm
      Apr 10, 2020
      DirtyjumpatrailForest Town ConnectorAwesome old off camber log ride
      Apr 10, 2020 @ 1:52pm
      Apr 10, 2020
      sgstathisreportA10 to C7Downed tree reported to Groton Tails...
      Aug 21, 2019 @ 6:18am
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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike3016 miles1,499 ft7 miles82 ft
      #1,622#87799132,652
      Hike3016 miles1,499 ft7 miles82 ft
      #1,210#76591157
      Trail Running3016 miles1,499 ft7 miles82 ft
      #1,213#762911141
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