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      Why would anyone want to ride in she Willowdale State Forest when right across the street is the much better known Bradley Palmer State Forest? Well, maybe it's because the forest's 2400 acres hold over 40 miles of trails. Or maybe it's because you normally have the entire place to yourself. Whatever the reason Willowdale State Forest should be high on everyone's list for exploration.

      Willowdale State Forest is located mostly in the town of Ipswich. Many of the forest's trails are easy doubletracks, which makes Willowdale an excellent place for family friendly riding. And there are a three color coded marked loops to follow.

      The forest's singletrack trails are some of the most enjoyable trails that I have ever ridden. The best of these lay in northern section of the Pine Swamp area. The forest is divided up into two main parecels. The aforementioned Pine Swamp area and the Hood Pond area. Most people park on Ipswich Road alongside the Ipswich River. You'll find numbered markers at all of the forest's main intersections. Bring a copy of the maps and you'll always know where you are. The Bay Circuit Trail runs through Willowdale and is marked by white blazes.

      Plan to spend more than one day exploring Willowdale's many trails. Looking for more riding? Well, just across that bridge on the Ipswich River you'll find Bradley Palmer State Park and Georgetown-Rowley State Forest is also nearby. And for a truely epic ride you can link all three together.

      For a good exploratory ride print out the Pine Swamp MAP. Then take a highlighter and outline the following route. Head north into the forest from the parking area and turn left at marker 31. Follow that trail to 35 and then to 33, 36, 45, 49, 30, 12, 11, 40, 43, 41, 39, 38, 37 27, 26, 25, 24 and then take the Bay Circuit Path down through 4, 5, 60, 30, 32, 22 & 42. At that point you'll have over 9 miles on your clock and will have sampled some of Willowdale's best trails. Oh And remember all those trails leading off from this ride? They are just more reasons to head out again.

      Want something else to do while you're there? Check out the Willodale Estate in the contiguous Bradley Plamer State Forest. Or, rent a kayak or a canoe a half mile away at Foote Brothers.

      Looking for even more trails? Check out the "Discover Hamilton" trail MAP.

      The GPS File available for download is a nice 2.5 hour intermediate loop at Willowdale. Please note that it crosses a busy road from one section of Willowdale to the other side. It also comes out on Ipswich Road for a short bit before it comes back into the park.
      source: NEMBA
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Land Status: State Forest
      Ipswich Road Parking google parking directions
      Access Info:
      Note that there are two parking locations for Willowdale: one on 259 Linebrook Rd. in Ipswich and the other at 280 Ipswich Rd in Topsfield. The most common for mountain bikers is Linebrook.
      Disclaimer:
      No alcohol
      No motorized vehicles
      No hunting east of Route 1
      Stay on designated trails and roads.
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      Region Details
      • 28
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      • 28
      • 1

      Region Status
      Caution as of Jan 24, 2023
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      107
      Trails Mountain Bike
      107
      Trails Horse
      8
      Trails Hike
      107
      Trails Trail Running
      106
      Trails Snowshoe
      16
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      1
      Trails Nordic Ski
      105
      Total Distance
      41 miles
      Total Descent
      2,879 ft
      Total Vertical
      154 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      190 ft
      Reports
      657
      Photos
      177
      Ridden Counter
      41,301

      Photos of Willowdale State Forest Mountain Bike

      trail: Access Trail
      26 |
      Mar 22, 2022 @ 5:59am
      Mar 22, 2022
      trail: Tornado
      54 |
      Mar 22, 2022 @ 5:52am
      Mar 22, 2022
      trail: Thunder Road
      41 |
      Jan 10, 2022 @ 5:59pm
      Jan 10, 2022
      trail: Access Trail
      25 |
      Dec 6, 2021 @ 2:00pm
      Dec 6, 2021
      trail: Tornado
      199 |
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 3:51pm
      Jun 13, 2020
      trail: Tornado
      287 |
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 3:51pm
      Jun 13, 2020
      trail: Thunder Road
      419 |
      Aug 16, 2019 @ 5:18am
      Aug 16, 2019
      trail: Thunder Road
      527 |
      Jun 10, 2017 @ 7:02am
      Jun 10, 2017

      Videos of Willowdale State Forest Mountain Bike

      Thunder Road Send
      278 | Jun 14, 2021
      Thunder Road
      | Jun 14, 2021
      Friday Fails Submission: How to Break a Collarbone
      479 | Mar 11, 2021
      Fat Bike monstertruckin the Chevette
      trail: Chevette
      0:08 | 94 | Sep 28, 2020
      Rainy fun with the Giant Glory
      trail: A Line
      2:51 | 43 | Aug 12, 2016
      HMBP 10/26/14
      trail: A Line
      5:54 | 481 | Oct 27, 2014
      NE Style A-Line, Power Hour &...
      trail: A Line
      3:15 | 637 | Jul 30, 2013
      2012 Claymore Challenge Slopestyle Finals
      trail: Courtesy
      3:15 | 21948 | Jul 24, 2012

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Nuke Dump Junction
      Jan 24, 2023 @ 7:37am
      Jan 24, 2023
      DryleahbcrespiNordic Ski down tree
      Willowdale West Road 1
      Jan 24, 2023 @ 7:37am
      Jan 24, 2023
      DryleahbcrespiNordic Ski down tree
      Carpet Ride Connector
      Jan 24, 2023 @ 7:11am
      Jan 24, 2023
      Snow CoveredleahbcrespiNordic Ski tree down

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Unknown Trail
      Jan 24, 2023 @ 7:37am
      Jan 24, 2023
      Snow CoveredNordic Ski deep water at bottom of hillleahbcrespi
      Carpet Ride
      Dec 10, 2022 @ 11:07am
      Dec 10, 2022
      Ideal Large tree down across trail, blocking trailbobg13
      Access Road
      Dec 4, 2022 @ 11:59am
      Dec 4, 2022
      Ideal rybolov NS NEMBA
      Courtesy
      Dec 4, 2022 @ 3:59am
      Dec 4, 2022
      Snow Packed rybolov NS NEMBA
      Sue's Hill
      Dec 4, 2022 @ 3:59am
      Dec 4, 2022
      Snow Covered rybolov NS NEMBA
      Tornado
      Dec 4, 2022 @ 3:59am
      Dec 4, 2022
      Ideal The Trail Fairies were out and about and...rybolov NS NEMBA
      A Line
      Dec 4, 2022 @ 3:59am
      Dec 4, 2022
      Dry rybolov NS NEMBA
      Thunder Road
      Dec 4, 2022 @ 3:59am
      Dec 4, 2022
      Ideal rybolov NS NEMBA
      Access Road
      Dec 4, 2022 @ 3:59am
      Dec 4, 2022
      Ideal rybolov NS NEMBA
      Silky Slide
      Dec 4, 2022 @ 3:59am
      Dec 4, 2022
      Ideal rybolov NS NEMBA

      Activity Feed

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      user #3319658leahbcrespiaddreportCarpet Ride Connector and 3 more
      Jan 24, 2023 @ 7:11am
      Jan 24, 2023
      user #2093190capecolinupdateregionWillowdale State Forest
      Jan 8, 2023 @ 5:04am
      Jan 8, 2023
      user #2334992arepee56wishlistrouteNEHSCA Willowdale Race Course 2017
      Jan 3, 2023 @ 11:40am
      Jan 3, 2023
      user #3189778GeorgeSlPcTwishlistrouteRound The Dale (Reverse)
      Dec 27, 2022 @ 8:44am
      Dec 27, 2022
      user #2369306bobg13addtrailLoop-Dee-Loo
      Dec 20, 2022 @ 6:16am
      Dec 20, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #3128358rybolovtrailThunder RoadRolling hills and one good uphill grind. Add...
      Nov 27, 2022 @ 1:18pm
      Nov 27, 2022
      user #3128358rybolovtrailTornadoThis trail twists around and doubles back on...
      Nov 27, 2022 @ 1:14pm
      Nov 27, 2022
      user #2546391dukeblastertrailElyxor EastboundNot expecting this quality of a trail in this...
      Oct 27, 2022 @ 5:31am
      Oct 27, 2022
      user #2546391dukeblastertrailBCT - Linebrook Woods Conservation AreaI want to give this a 3.5 / 5 stars. Its a...
      Oct 21, 2022 @ 10:50am
      Oct 21, 2022
      user #2369306bobg13trailHennigar's Pass bDefinitely a green. Great trail.
      Aug 7, 2022 @ 9:24am
      Aug 7, 2022

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike10741 miles2,877 ft15 miles154 ft
      #145#61174640711,350
      Horse84 miles223 ft1 mile82 ft
      #775#5231694
      Hike10741 miles2,877 ft15 miles154 ft
      #94#48640245
      Trail Running10641 miles2,835 ft15 miles154 ft
      #93#4764063
      Snowshoe166 miles266 ft2 miles69 ft
      #53#322910
      Backcountry Ski11,138 ft20 ft886 ft20 ft
      16
      Nordic Ski10541 miles2,822 ft15 miles154 ft
      #2#23554
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