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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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      Disclaimer:
      eMTB's & Dirtbikes are allowed on the west side of the river
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Caution as of Oct 10, 2021

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      45
      Trails Mountain Bike
      45
      Trails E-Bike
      6
      Trails Hike
      45
      Trails Trail Running
      45
      Trails Horse
      21
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      6
      Trails Snowshoe
      38
      Trails Nordic Ski
      38
      Total Distance
      19 miles
      Total Descent
      1,539 ft
      Total Vertical
      292 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      760 ft
      Reports
      40
      Photos
      19
      Ridden Counter
      2,018

      Photos of Hodges Village Dam Mountain Bike

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      Jun 19, 2021 @ 1:07pm
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      Jun 19, 2021 @ 1:06pm
      Jun 19, 2021
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      Mar 20, 2021 @ 11:26am
      Mar 20, 2021
      10 |
      Jan 15, 2021 @ 10:02am
      Jan 15, 2021
      15 |
      Jan 15, 2021 @ 10:00am
      Jan 15, 2021
      19 |
      Dec 24, 2020 @ 6:28am
      Dec 24, 2020
      19 |
      Aug 19, 2020 @ 3:48am
      Aug 19, 2020
      26 |
      Jul 24, 2020 @ 8:57am
      Jul 24, 2020

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Twist and Turn
      Oct 10, 2021 @ 10:33am
      Oct 10, 2021
      DryBallaim
      Midstate Trail - Down to the Rocky Hill Bridge
      Jul 21, 2021 @ 5:19am
      Jul 21, 2021
      Wetbrucerioux QC NEMBAHike The bridge over the French River is...
      Bailey Bridge
      May 9, 2021 @ 1:51pm
      May 9, 2021
      IdealWildHog68Hodges was in pretty good shape, a few...
      Midstate Trail - Railbed - North
      May 9, 2021 @ 1:51pm
      May 9, 2021
      DryWildHog68Just a lot of loose stone- no issues.
      High School Hills
      May 9, 2021 @ 1:51pm
      May 9, 2021
      IdealWildHog68fun little down hill - trail is not used...
      Floating Bridge Trail
      May 9, 2021 @ 1:51pm
      May 9, 2021
      Prevalent MudWildHog68Not one to ride along at the moment, the...
      Arrow on Fire
      May 9, 2021 @ 1:51pm
      May 9, 2021
      DryWildHog68Trail is in great shape - no issues -...
      HVD1
      May 9, 2021 @ 1:51pm
      May 9, 2021
      UnknownWildHog68How is this even a section - it is short...
      OHS Access
      Dec 24, 2020 @ 4:13am
      Dec 24, 2020
      Snow PackedChrismetal1Snow covered trails. Packed down by...
      High Roller Coaster
      Nov 24, 2020 @ 10:03am
      Nov 24, 2020
      WetNemoNomassUnmarked intersection

      Activity Feed

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      user #1853498BallaimaddreportTwist and Turn
      Oct 10, 2021 @ 4:52pm
      Oct 10, 2021
      user #1553398LpetschingaddtrailTiny Loop and 2 more
      Aug 29, 2021 @ 12:32pm
      Aug 29, 2021
      user #1099890bruceriouxaddreportMidstate Trail - Down to the Rocky Hill Bridge
      Jul 21, 2021 @ 5:19am
      Jul 21, 2021
      user #1521745ColonelburnelriddentrailHigh School Hills
      Jul 5, 2021 @ 8:29am
      Jul 5, 2021
      user #1553398LpetschingaddtrailPower Trail and 2 more
      Jun 22, 2021 @ 12:20pm
      Jun 22, 2021

      Recent Comments

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      user #1099890bruceriouxreportMidstate Trail - HVD WestWow! Is that area still part of the MidState...
      Nov 24, 2020 @ 9:54am
      Nov 24, 2020
      user #1564097Mtbmike007reportTrail 1Fast
      Jun 26, 2018 @ 2:25pm
      Jun 26, 2018

      Nearby Areas

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      Buffumville Lake 1 22 km
      Shaw Farm 5 9 15.7 km
      Capen Hill Nature Sanctuary 10 7 26.7 km
      Tree House Brewing Trails 3 7 76.9 km
      Sutton State Forest 9 37.2 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike4519 miles1,539 ft7 miles292 ft
      #6,167#2,630173931,546
      E-Bike65 miles505 ft2 miles289 ft
      #2,767#582337
      Hike4519 miles1,539 ft7 miles292 ft
      #5,336#2,481239182
      Trail Running4519 miles1,539 ft7 miles292 ft
      #5,341#2,4843914
      Horse219 miles531 ft3 miles56 ft
      1412
      Dirtbike/Moto65 miles505 ft2 miles289 ft
      #164#112137
      Snowshoe3819 miles1,539 ft7 miles292 ft
      #231#129711
      Nordic Ski3819 miles1,539 ft7 miles292 ft
      #160#986
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      • Admins: BVNEMBA Region, BVNEMBA Admins, brucerioux, BVNEMBA HVD
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