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Franklin Trails

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Alt Names Franklin State Forest, Forge Hill
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

This wooded area in southeastern Massachusetts has just a few miles of fairly easy and flat single track.

The main loop has the usual rocks and roots but nothing too challenging. This is a decent place to bring kids and beginners since there are just enough rocks, roots and mud to make it interesting but very few hills, nothing steep, and nothing is without a bypass. Note that the parking space is very limited (park curbside on the road across from the water tower or on the dirt in front of the radio tower). This is only about a 30 minute to 1 hour ride at best so don't plan a big trip here.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Franklin, MA
Address Forge Hill Road, Franklin, MA 02038
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From: Milford, MA
1) Take 495 south to exit 17, about 5 miles
2) Turn right (west) off the exit ramp, continue about 100 yards
3) Turn left at the T-intersection, continue about .3 miles
4) Turn right on Forge Hill Road, continue about .8 miles
5) Parking is adjacent across from the water tower.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail
Land State Forest
QUALITY
Pros scenic forest
Cons small area, not many trails, parking is limited
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay Half Day
TERRAIN
Square Miles 1
Miles Of Trail 5
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 250 to 350 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
Sand This trail has no sandy areas.None
Mud The trail has some mud after it rains.Some
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has little rocks.Little
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has no steep hills.None
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few has one large rock step-off that you can jump from (or bypass)
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel Pits This state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This state forest has many single track trails.Many
Roads This state forest has no roads.None
Intersections This trail has some intersections.Some
Rider Traffic The state forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
Shade This state forest has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/Gunfire This state forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
Hazards This trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has no expert terrain.None
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes Massachusetts Registration Sticker
Dates Open May 1 through last Sunday in November
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Prohibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Prohibited
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 Required Yes required by state law
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction Not Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Prohibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires Prohibited
Night Riding No riding hours dawn to dusk
Cross Country Prohibited stay on trail
Alcohol Prohibited
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic Dedicated Rangers/Officers
Insurance *Disclaimer: Be Safe! RiderPlanet recommends insurance for all riders and visitors to the destinations depicted on this website.
Comment Motorcycles must be registered in Massachusetts, no reciprocity with other states.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (NW) Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital (508) 473-1191
Gasoline Gasoline 1-5 Miles (N) Franklin Mobil (508) 520-1588
Diesel Diesel 1-5 Miles (N) Franklin
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (E) Franklin
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (SE) Canoe River Campground (508) 339-6462
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (SE) Canoe River Campground (508) 339-6462
Primitive Camping Campground 5-20 Miles (SE) Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (508) 543-7600
Convenience Store Conv Store 1-5 Miles (E) Old Gold Convenience Store (508) 520-0481
Swimming Swim Area 1-5 Miles (E) Chilson Beach (508) 520-4909
Body of Water Water Body 1-5 Miles (E) Beaver Pond
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (SE) Massasoit State Park (508) 822-7405
CONTACTS
Contact Info Franklin State Forest
(508) 543-9084
mass.parks@state.ma.us
www.mass.gov
Contact Info Massachusetts Environmental Police
251 Causeway Street, Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1610
www.mass.gov
Comment Motorcycle Registration Info
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OHV doing a wheelie at Franklin Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Franklin Trails

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OHV jumping at Franklin Trails

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Franklin Trails

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Some terrain at Franklin Trails

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Amenities at Franklin Trails

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Some terrain at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

The trails are marked with yellow triangles.
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OHV at Franklin Trails

One of the bridge crossings.
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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

Just cruising through the woods!
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OHV wheelying at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

Nothing too challenging here.
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OHV at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Franklin Trails

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OHV at Franklin Trails

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Franklin Trails

This is the alternate staging area if you do not want to park on the street.
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