30.1 miles (52% paved / 48% unpaved)
Fairly flat mixed terrain route along the Topsfield rail trail and thru Willowdale, Bradley Palmer State Park, Pingree Woods, Appleton Farms, and Gordon Woods. Large amount of wide double track with lesser amount of single track. Some roots and loose rocks.
The Stone Wall Ride is a great early spring ride offering many distance options that fit wherever you are at in your mileage training and also great for new riders. The yellow forsythia and daffodils brighten up all the stone walls along the way. The beginning of the ride uses roads in Hamilton that we do not travel on often and then the roads become more familiar in Topsfield, Boxford, Georgetown and Groveland. The XS (15miles) ride splits coming out of Bradley Palmer taking a left onto Asbury. All other distances go right. The S (28 miles) splits at River Road and Washington taking a right. All others stay straight. The M (36) splits in Boxford Center taking a right onto Depot. The others continue straight. The L (44) splits from the XL (54) at 133 and West Street in Georgetown with the XL taking a left onto West Street and the L continuing straight.
There are no bathroom facilities at the school. Cumberland Farms at 121 Bay St, S. Hamilton is a 3 minute drive from the school.
First time riders are strongly encouraged to review the NSC First-Time Riders Q&A linked to at the bottom of the page.
A fairly easy ride with a fine selection of dirt and abandoned roads, single track, and rail trails. We will ride the entire length of the Groveland Community trail that was completed last year.
A gentle trail ride thru the Georgetown/Rowley, Willowdale, and Bradley Palmer State Parks and a short stretch along the Topsfield rail trail. Suitable for beginner gravel riders, as well as advanced. 35 mm tires or wider recommended.
The terrain is category 1+ - 2.
17.9 miles (62% paved / 38% unpaved)
An easy evening ride thru some of the trails around Topsfield: Bradley Palmer SP, Willowdale, and the Topsfield Linear rail trail. The unpaved terrain is rolling, except for a short climb in at the start of the Bradley Palmer segment, and it includes wooded double track, meadow trail, and rail trail. 35 mm or wider tires are recommended.
Parking available at MASSDOT Park and Ride at Main and Park Sts in Topsfield.
27.7 miles (51% paved / 46% unpaved / 3% unspecified)
Fairly flat mixed terrain ride. Almost half of the unpaved portion is on the Topsfield rail trail. Other segments include dirt road, wide double track, and lesser stretches of pasture trail and single track. Some roots and loose rocks.
Parking available at MASSDOT Park and Ride at Main and Park Sts. and along Main St.
16. 2 miles (64% paved / 34% unpaved / 2% unspecified)
An early evening ride around Newburyport and Salisbury provides a good intro to gravel biking. Expect a mix of paved roads, easy bike paths, and about 3 miles of wide hardpack trail through Moseley Woods and Maudslay State Park.
Why wait until evening? Start your Fourth of July celebration early with either a 51 or 39 mile mixed terrain ride through some of the choice trails, paths, and railways of the North Shore.
The routes are mostly
Smooth well maintained trails or dirt roads.
Ideal bike: Road or gravel bike
Tire size: 28-32mm
See Types of Gravel Rides
Please have bikes ready to roll at 9:15 am before the pre-ride safety talk.
An autumn ride along gravel roads and rail trails around Epping, NH. Includes one short section of trail that is
Dirt/gravel roads, wide single-track, or dual-track trails with potholes, washboard, and occasional loose surfaces. Larger tires size and lower pressure is recommended.
Ideal bike: Endurance, all-road, or gravel
Tire size: 32-35mm
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Enjoy a scenic gravel ride on the Northern Rail Trail from Boscawen, NH. We will be starting from the Jamie Welch Park on Depot Road at 10am and head towards Danbury where we take a break at the Danbury Country Store on Route 4 before returning back to the park. It will be a total of about 58 miles of easy and flat riding. You can also cut it short by simply turning around at any point as there are no turns on this trail.