The surrounding areas of Boston provide a wonderful mixture of terrain. Whether you’re looking for a technical downhill ride or something a little more scenic, the Boston area is an awesome location to explore. This list is a great starting point for your next mountain biking trip!
1. Blue Hills
The substantial amount of trails and varied terrain make the Blue Hills Reservation one of the most popular locations for mountain biking in Massachusetts. The reservation offers 7,000 acres of land that offer a multitude of routes to suite whatever you’re in the mood for whether its a 12-20 mile ride or a brief run through the woods, the Blue Hills provide fire roads and singletrack with rocky and sandy sections.
2. Callahan State Park
This area offers 6.5 miles of single and doubletrack gravel and dirt trails with plenty of roots and rocky sections throughout the rolling park hills. Most of the park is considered moderately difficult, however, there are some sections of very technical terrain.
3. Catamount Ski Area
For a primarily downhill experience, the Catamount Ski Area offers great top to bottom singletrack with varying degress of difficulty ranging from intermediate to expert. The singletrack trails offer some natural and man-made obstacles like bridging ride-overs, step-ups, down-ladder bridges, table-tops and launches of varying depths.
4. Mount Snow
Considered the mountain bike capital of the East, Mount Snow provides 45 miles of singletrack terrain down old town roads and ski trails. Here there are plenty of rocks, roots and drop-offs to keep you occupied on your way down the mountain. There are a number of trails good for beginners such as “Newby Road” as well as expert trails like the famous “Pucker Alley”.
5. Circle Boston
This 8.7 mile loop takes you throughout historic Boston where you will have the chance to take in many of the landmarks in the area. The trail is considered easy and doesn’t require any special skill, however, it’s still a fun and interesting ride. Terrain includes a mixture of streets, back alleys, dirt, in-line skating trails, stairs and wide brick.