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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
      • 57
      • 33
      • 2

      Region Status
      Open as of Feb 24, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      120
      Trails Mountain Bike
      120
      Trails Horse
      12
      Trails Hike
      118
      Trails Trail Running
      117
      Trails Snowshoe
      25
      Trails Backcountry Ski
      1
      Trails Nordic Ski
      113
      Total Distance
      44 miles
      Total Descent
      2,861 ft
      Total Vertical
      153 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      190 ft
      Reports
      740
      Photos
      202
      Ridden Counter
      51,140

      Photos of Willowdale State Forest Mountain Bike

      trail: Courtesy
      5 |
      Nov 11, 2023 @ 1:37pm
      Nov 11, 2023
      trail: Courtesy
      4 |
      Nov 11, 2023 @ 1:36pm
      Nov 11, 2023
      trail: LogARhythm
      11 |
      Oct 11, 2023 @ 11:56am
      Oct 11, 2023
      trail: Tornado
      11 |
      Aug 31, 2023 @ 4:30pm
      Aug 31, 2023
      trail: Tornado
      258 |
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 3:51pm
      Jun 13, 2020
      trail: Tornado
      365 |
      Jun 13, 2020 @ 3:51pm
      Jun 13, 2020
      trail: Thunder Road
      531 |
      Aug 16, 2019 @ 5:18am
      Aug 16, 2019
      | 1 comments
      trail: Thunder Road
      633 |
      Jun 10, 2017 @ 7:02am
      Jun 10, 2017

      Videos of Willowdale State Forest Mountain Bike

      Around The Hill - upon completion in Jan 2021
      24 | Mar 23, 2023
      Thunder Road Send
      375 | Jun 14, 2021
      Thunder Road
      | Jun 14, 2021
      Friday Fails Submission: How to Break a Collarbone
      692 | Mar 11, 2021
      Fat Bike monstertruckin the Chevette
      trail: Chevette
      0:08 | 113 | Sep 28, 2020
      Rainy fun with the Giant Glory
      trail: A Line
      2:51 | 50 | Aug 12, 2016
      HMBP 10/26/14
      trail: A Line
      5:54 | 502 | Oct 27, 2014
      NE Style A-Line, Power Hour &...
      trail: A Line
      3:15 | 660 | Jul 30, 2013

      Current Trail Warnings

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      The Great Swamp Coaster
      Feb 9, 2024 @ 12:16pm
      Feb 9, 2024
      VariableSiamDelightRulesBig tree down requiring reroute of trail

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      ekoosticktrailThunder RoadSuper bummed that the drop is gone. That was...
      Feb 25, 2024 @ 3:54pm
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      Feb 25, 2024 @ 3:51pm
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      NERydertrailHome DepotCorrection, in my comment above. The trail...
      Jan 28, 2024 @ 7:51am
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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike12044 miles2,861 ft16 miles154 ft
      #145#62198723814,254
      Horse124 miles190 ft1 mile75 ft
      #873#6031726
      Hike11843 miles2,808 ft15 miles154 ft
      #93#48723331
      Trail Running11742 miles2,769 ft15 miles154 ft
      #92#47722107
      Snowshoe257 miles295 ft2 miles121 ft
      #58#343111
      Backcountry Ski11,138 ft20 ft886 ft20 ft
      19
      Nordic Ski11342 miles2,749 ft15 miles154 ft
      #2#24677
      • By alflorez1 & contributors
      • Admins: SiamDelightRules
      • #5395 - 24,654 views

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