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Tolland State Forest

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Alt Names

Otis Reservoir, W. Branch Farmington River

Last Known StatusOpen

This state forest has about 15 miles of multiple use trails. The trails are open to street legal dual sport motorcycles but ATVs are no longer permitted due to trail damage.* The trails are open to motorized use from May 1 through the last Sunday of November. During the winter months snowmobiles are permitted. Forest hours are from sunrise through sunset and there is a $5.00 per vehicle fee charge. Nearby Otis Reservoir has a day use area, campground and boat ramp.

* Note that the DCR trail map has not yet been updated to reflect the regulation changes regarding ATVs.

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LOCATION

Nearest CityOtis, MA
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From: Southwick, MA
1) Take SR-57 west about 19 miles
2) Turn right at T-intersection, continue about 120 yards
3) Veer right (north) on N. Main Street, continue about 3 miles
4) Turn left on unnamed pipeline road, staging area is on the right.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandState Forest

QUALITY

RatingRating    
Recommended StayFull Day

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesMassachusetts Registration Sticker
Dates OpenMay through the last Sunday of November
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermittedonly street legal dual-purpose motorcycles permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYesrequired by state law
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingNo
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trail
FireworksProhibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.
CommentORMs (Off Road Motorcycles) must be registered in Massachusetts, no reciprocity with other states. Trails are only open to Dual-Purpose Motorcycles which have valid registrations for both street use and off-road use.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingYes ($5.00 per OHV)
CampingYes
Tent: $17.00
RV: $17.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Non-residents - $20/night

CONTACTS

Contact InfoTolland State Forest
410 Tolland Road
East Otis, MA 01029
(413) 269-6002
tolland.forest@state.ma.us
www.mass.gov
Contact InfoBerkshire Trail Riders Association
P.O. Box 556
Barkhampsted, CT 06063
webmaster@mudslinger.org
www.mudslinger.org
Contact InfoMassachusetts Environmental Police
251 Causeway Street Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1610
www.mass.gov
CommentATV/motorcycle registration info

COMMENTS

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Tolland State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 7/8/2013 (Thanks!)

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Tolland State Forest Trail

Photo Submitted 7/8/2013 (Thanks!)

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TERRAIN

Square Miles15
Miles Of Trail15
Climate TypeForest
Elevation950 to 1500 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (E)Noble Hospital (413) 568-2811
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NE)Papa's Healthy Food & Fuel (413) 269-7779
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NE)Papa's Healthy Food & Fuel (413) 269-7779
Potable Water WaterOn Site
RV Hookups RV HookupOtis, MA
RV Dump Station RV DisposalOn Site
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NE)Papa's Healthy Food & Fuel (413) 269-7779
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat RampOn Site
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