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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
      Open as of Dec 9, 2023

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      100
      Trails Mountain Bike
      100
      Trails E-Bike
      58
      Trails Horse
      26
      Trails Hike
      99
      Trails Trail Running
      97
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      59
      Trails Observed Trials
      1
      Trails Snowshoe
      85
      Trails Nordic Ski
      84
      Total Distance
      32 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      11 miles
      Total Descent
      2,145 ft
      Total Vertical
      335 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      810 ft
      Reports
      156
      Photos
      112
      Ridden Counter
      5,170

      Photos of Hodges Village Dam Mountain Bike

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      Mar 30, 2024 @ 10:31am
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      Aug 4, 2023 @ 8:38am
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      Jul 7, 2023 @ 4:42pm
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      Jul 7, 2023 @ 4:41pm
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      Jul 7, 2023 @ 4:41pm
      Jul 7, 2023
      trail: Hogs' Highway
      20 |
      Feb 16, 2023 @ 10:52am
      Feb 16, 2023
      | 1 comments
      43 |
      Feb 10, 2023 @ 11:39am
      Feb 10, 2023
      | 1 comments

      Videos of Hodges Village Dam Mountain Bike

      Welcome To the Flow Zone
      71 | Jul 31, 2022

      Recent Trail Reports

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      The Ford
      Dec 9, 2023 @ 6:30pm
      Dec 9, 2023
      WetFast-running water at least 1 foot deep.christianiEeGIh
      Rock Summit
      Dec 9, 2023 @ 6:28pm
      Dec 9, 2023
      VariableLots of loose rock and mx tire rutschristianiEeGIh
      Along the Border
      Dec 9, 2023 @ 6:26pm
      Dec 9, 2023
      Prevalent MudSeverely rutted with loose rocks and mud...christianiEeGIh
      New bridge trail high
      Oct 3, 2023 @ 5:16am
      Oct 3, 2023
      WetFlooded out by the bridge and the bridge...Jib329
      Floating Bridge Trail
      Jul 21, 2023 @ 7:25am
      Jul 21, 2023
      Dry brige is outChrismetal1
      Bailey Bridge
      Jun 13, 2023 @ 3:09pm
      Jun 13, 2023
      IdealClear runningSemperGumby
      Railbed - South
      Jun 13, 2023 @ 3:09pm
      Jun 13, 2023
      IdealSemperGumby
      Midstate Trail - Railbed - North
      Jun 13, 2023 @ 3:09pm
      Jun 13, 2023
      DrySemperGumby
      Midstate Trail - Down to the Rocky Hill Bridge
      Jun 13, 2023 @ 3:09pm
      Jun 13, 2023
      IdealSemperGumby
      Tiny Loop
      Jun 13, 2023 @ 3:09pm
      Jun 13, 2023
      IdealSemperGumby

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      Recent Comments

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      Bikealot4trailBailey Bridgebeware of receeded flood ice on trail...
      Feb 9, 2024 @ 5:17am
      Feb 9, 2024
      Chrismetal1reportBit of Disc GolfGv. 34y3 3b4444u4444buu444 t 43 u4uv343...
      Jul 5, 2023 @ 9:23am
      Jul 5, 2023
      bruceriouxreportMidstate Trail - HVD WestWow! Is that area still part of the MidState...
      Nov 24, 2020 @ 9:54am
      Nov 24, 2020
      Mtbmike007reportTrail 1Fast
      Jun 26, 2018 @ 2:25pm
      Jun 26, 2018

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike10032 miles2,146 ft11 miles335 ft
      #2,682#1,39610715582,890
      E-Bike5817 miles1,562 ft7 miles331 ft
      #3,092#710138419
      Horse2610 miles394 ft3 miles262 ft
      21112
      Hike9932 miles2,123 ft11 miles335 ft
      #2,120#1,25751553123
      Trail Running9732 miles2,090 ft11 miles335 ft
      #2,127#1,257154432
      Dirtbike/Moto5917 miles1,558 ft7 miles331 ft
      #178#11741127
      Observed Trials1377 ft26 ft
      11
      Snowshoe8528 miles1,781 ft10 miles335 ft
      #129#804715
      Nordic Ski8428 miles1,716 ft10 miles335 ft
      #59#4646
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