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      Hodges Village Dam, located less than a mile west of the Sutton Avenue exit (4W) of Route 395, on Howarth Road off Charlton Street, Oxford, MA, has some of the most diverse and interesting trails in central MA. There is no permanent lake behind the dam which was built by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control. It is filled only temporarily with runoff from rainwater which would otherwise cause flooding problems downstream. The lands upstream of the dam are open to the public providing hundreds of acres of forest, shrub meadows, glacial topography and wetlands, all interlaced with outstanding trails.

      There are some blazes painted on the trees that will let you know which side of the dam you are on and which direction you are headed, but they don't mark specific trails. Blue blazes mark the east side trails. Orange blazes mark the west side trails. In both cases, a plain blaze means that you are headed away from the dam (mostly north) and a black dot in the middle of the blaze means you are headed toward the dam (generally south). Yellow triangles mark the Midstate Trail which runs across the project, mostly east to west. Red and white stripes painted on the trees are Corps of Engineers boundary markers, not trails.

      To date, there are approximately 22 miles of trails weaving their way around the Hodges Village project area. The blue blazed trails on the east side of the French River are for non-motorized recreation including hiking, nature study, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and horseback riding.

      The orange blazed trails on the west side of the river are for both non-motorized and motorized use. Off highway motorcycles are allowed on the west side of the French River as reservoir levels, weather, and trail conditions permit. Hodges Village Dam is a popular off highway motorcycle area in Central Massachusetts and draws visitors from around the tri-state area.

      NOTE: ATV use is not permitted on the trails. All motorcycles must be registered with the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

      The disc golf course is an enjoyable layout, fun for golfers of all ages and abilities to play.

      The outdoor enthusiast can hunt, fish and boat at Hodges Village Dam. Hunting is allowed only on the west side of the French River. All federal, state, and local laws apply.

      The French River Canoe trail is approximately 3 miles long and starts at the Greenbriar Park canoe launch in North Oxford and ending at Hodge Village Dam. Paddlers may have to portage around beaver dams and flood debris.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      AKA: Hodges, Oxford
      Land Status: Conservation Reserve
      Land Manager: US Army Corps of Engineers
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      eMTB's & Dirtbikes are allowed on the west side of the river
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of Nov 16, 2022


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      Trails (view details)
      Trails Mountain Bike
      Trails E-Bike
      Trails Horse
      Trails Hike
      Trails Trail Running
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      Trails Observed Trials
      Trails Snowshoe
      Trails Nordic Ski
      Total Distance
      32 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      11 miles
      Total Descent
      2,010 ft
      Total Vertical
      335 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      810 ft
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      Photos of Hodges Village Dam Mountain Bike

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      Videos of Hodges Village Dam Mountain Bike

      Welcome To the Flow Zone
      20 | Jul 31, 2022

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      Jan 30, 2023 @ 9:32am
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      user #1099890bruceriouxreportMidstate Trail - HVD WestWow! Is that area still part of the MidState...
      Nov 24, 2020 @ 9:54am
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      Nearby Areas

      Buffumville Lake 1 22 km
      Lake Chaubunagungamaug 4 15.6 km
      Shaw Farm 5 9 15.7 km
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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike9532 miles2,008 ft11 miles335 ft
      E-Bike5417 miles1,444 ft7 miles331 ft
      Horse2610 miles384 ft3 miles262 ft
      Hike9432 miles1,985 ft11 miles335 ft
      Trail Running9231 miles1,955 ft11 miles335 ft
      Dirtbike/Moto5517 miles1,437 ft7 miles331 ft
      Observed Trials1377 ft26 ft
      Snowshoe7627 miles1,634 ft10 miles335 ft
      Nordic Ski7627 miles1,634 ft10 miles335 ft
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