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      Sturbridge is a town of natural diversity, ranging from the Quinebaug River to the top of Leadmine Mountain. To our natural lakes of Big Alum and Leadmine to those constructed during the industrial revolution, from our lush river bottom forests, open fields, oak-hickory woodlands, and wind-swept rocky crags. We are fortunate to have such interesting areas within our boundaries. And now, those who wish to can explore these natural treasures with the help of this guide.

      Sturbridge’s natural historical setting—along old Indian paths and early transportation routes midway between Boston & New York— has impacted its history, development, and future. It brings beauty and opportunity for enjoyment to those who visit the area. Over the past 10 years Sturbridge has acquired over 1,500 acres of open space parcels, and partnered with federal and state agencies along with local nonprofit land protection groups to preserve over 6,000 acres.

      The Sturbridge Trails Committee is pleased to provide you with this guide to Sturbridge’s open spaces. Developed over a period of years, the guide has been a major undertaking of the committee, made possible with assistance from the Sturbridge Conservation and Planning Board offices and the Sturbridge Tourist Association.

      The Town of Sturbridge encompasses almost 30,000 acres, making it one of the largest towns in Massachusetts in terms of land area. Approximately 20% or about 6,000 acres are dedicated open space, consisting of land owned by the town, state, federal, and conservation organizations, as well as lands protected by conservation easements or the purchase of development rights. Acquisition of many of the town-owned properties was made possible by the Community Preservation Act. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts also holds land which is managed by the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.

      While there are popular open space areas throughout the Town—Wells State Park, Westville Lake Recreation Area and the Leadmine Mountain Conservation lands—there are also less familiar spots. For example, Heins Farm with its wonderful views and walks through fields and deciduous forest, or Opacum Woods, with its beaver ponds and interesting plant life, to The Trustees’ Tantiusques Reservation, the site of the first mining operation in New England. Now you can locate and enjoy these properties with the directions and trail maps provided in this guide.

      This guide is designed so that you, along with family and friends, will take some leisure time to enjoy the beautiful open spaces in Sturbridge.

      Each site featured in this guide includes directions, information about parking, and a general statement about the terrain, followed by general comments and descriptions of trails. Total acreage and ownership information is also provided when appropriate. All information is as up to date as possible; be aware that information may have changed since sites were field-checked. On page 25 of this guide are web site QR codes and addresses to obtain the most current information.

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      Region Details
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      • 3

      Region Status
      Open as of Feb 17, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      92
      Trails Mountain Bike
      84
      Trails E-Bike
      6
      Trails Horse
      6
      Trails Hike
      92
      Trails Trail Running
      92
      Trails Snowshoe
      10
      Trails Nordic Ski
      5
      Total Distance
      57 miles
      Total Descent
      6,541 ft
      Total Vertical
      465 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      988 ft
      Reports
      305
      Photos
      42
      Ridden Counter
      4,311
      Sub Regions

      Photos of Sturbridge Mountain Bike

      trail: Raven Rookery
      4 |
      Nov 6, 2023 @ 10:05am
      Nov 6, 2023
      trail: Trail 9
      9 |
      Feb 5, 2023 @ 10:22am
      Feb 5, 2023
      71 |
      Jun 18, 2021 @ 4:57am
      Jun 18, 2021
      trail: Cow Stile
      62 |
      Jun 18, 2021 @ 4:56am
      Jun 18, 2021
      trail: Cow Stile
      80 |
      Jun 18, 2021 @ 4:56am
      Jun 18, 2021
      10 |
      Jun 11, 2021 @ 4:32am
      Jun 11, 2021
      6 |
      Jun 11, 2021 @ 4:32am
      Jun 11, 2021
      109 |
      Apr 9, 2019 @ 8:07am
      Apr 9, 2019

      Videos of Sturbridge Mountain Bike

      GoPro Rippin Blue Hills
      trail: Blue
      2:24 | 207 | Jun 5, 2012
      Red Maple
      trail: Red
      1:40 | 106 | Nov 2, 2011
      MTB - Link Trail to Seven Ridges - Leadmine...
      trail: The Link
      4:32 | 356 | May 2, 2020 , Sturbridge

      Recent Trail Reports

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      Access Trail
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      IdealAll clear and leaf blown!mappermook TRAILFORKS
      Tantasqua East
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      IdealLeafy technical goodness. Must ride if...mappermook TRAILFORKS
      Tantasqua
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      IdealIn prime shape. Mostly leaf blown.mappermook TRAILFORKS
      New Loop
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      IdealRiding amazing! All clear.mappermook TRAILFORKS
      New Loop Connector
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      Idealmappermook TRAILFORKS
      Glendale Dirt Road
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      Variablemappermook TRAILFORKS
      Grand Trunk
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      Drymappermook TRAILFORKS
      Cistern
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      IdealSome very small patches of frozen ground....mappermook TRAILFORKS
      Flow 3
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      Freeze/thaw CycleAs received some recent work since I last...mappermook TRAILFORKS
      Flow 1
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 2:23am
      Nov 25, 2023
      Idealmappermook TRAILFORKS

      Activity Feed

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      natelanescmaupdatetrailactivity #47925030
      Jan 4, 2024 @ 1:47pm
      Jan 4, 2024
      natelanescmaupdatetrailactivity #47924873
      Jan 4, 2024 @ 1:20pm
      Jan 4, 2024
      trailforksaddreportactivity #47779549 and 14 more
      Dec 31, 2023 @ 12:04am
      Dec 31, 2023
      Mpincince01addreportactivity #47099356
      Dec 9, 2023 @ 2:14pm
      Dec 9, 2023
      mappermookaddreportactivity #46670138
      Nov 25, 2023 @ 7:26pm
      Nov 25, 2023

      Recent Comments

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      mappermooktrailCisternWell conceived climb trail. Will serve this...
      Nov 12, 2023 @ 4:29pm
      Nov 12, 2023
      mappermooktrailCow StileOne of the best true enduro trails in...
      Nov 12, 2023 @ 4:01pm
      Nov 12, 2023
      Aglaze9280trailTrail 4This is a mountain bike trail as well as hiking
      Jul 17, 2021 @ 6:00am
      Jul 17, 2021
      mappermooktrailLengowski LoopSuper easy blue trail - borderline green. Has...
      Jun 27, 2021 @ 3:22pm
      Jun 27, 2021
      Aglaze9280trailTrail 4Mountain bikes are permitted on this trail...
      Apr 25, 2021 @ 5:46am
      Apr 25, 2021

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike8455 miles6,129 ft24 miles466 ft
      #1,840#953423053,785
      E-Bike62 miles466 ft1 mile240 ft
      2337
      Horse62 miles233 ft1 mile285 ft
      331
      Hike9257 miles6,542 ft25 miles466 ft
      #1,472#8573031428
      Trail Running9257 miles6,542 ft25 miles466 ft
      #1,480#85830295
      Snowshoe105 miles374 ft2 miles318 ft
      #397#209223
      Nordic Ski52 miles161 ft5,236 ft272 ft
      #397#196623
      • By NickSokol SCMA & contributors
      • Admins: SCMA
      • #7101 - 3,895 views

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