Our local trails are great, yet sometimes you've just got to pack your bicycles and gear and hit the road to ride some new terrain! From sea to shining sea, here are some destinations we think you'll love and some tips on what to expect when you're riding there (click the images below for riding photos).
Roots, rocks, mud, lung-busting climbs and will-testing descents; be prepared for challenges when riding here in the Northeast. The technical terrain is hard on body and bike, so don't forget the essentials: big, knobby tires, oil-based chain lube and photochromatic lenses for seeing well in the deep, dark woods. Summer and fall are best, but beware as these seasons also bring out man-eating insects and poison ivy. Wear insect repellent and avoid leaves of three. Summer means warm and humid, so bring a thin, breathable jersey and carry plenty of fluid. Autumn offers crisp, dry weather, making it vest, arm- and knee-warmer time. Despite the challenges of riding here, there's nothing quite like finishing a ride bruised, tired, muddy and super satisfied that you're a better mountain biker thanks to the obstacles you just overcame.
Here's the lowdown on our local trails:
Fort Rock and Exeter Woods
Location: Take 101 to Exit 10 and head North for about 1/2 mile to parking lot on left
Website: Busted Spoke Trail Map
Rye Town Forest
Location: Route 1A to Locke Road. Locke Road to Rye Recreation Road. Trail starts from parking area. This is a small but local area with trails cut through the forest. Follow the various colored dots on the trees. Maps available at Town Hall. Please ride with courtesy, you'll be sharing the trails with walkers and horseback riders.
Website: Trail description
Location: Take 1A to Mountain Road in York. Follow Mountain Road west to "The Big A Road" which leads to the summit. Park at the base or the summit
Willowdale State Park
Location: Linebrook Rd., Ipswich
Website: State Park info
The place to be in the Northeast for mountain biking! Located in the Northeast Kingdom area of Vermont. Here's the site with all the scoop: www.kingdomtrails.org
We carry a wide selection of bicycles and accessories for all your travels! Happy trails!