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Franklin Trails

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Alt Names

Franklin State Forest, Forge Hill

Last Known StatusOpen

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 CityFranklin, MA
AddressForge 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

AreaTrail
LandState Forest

QUALITY

Prosscenic forest
Conssmall area, not many trails, parking is limited
RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayHalf Day

TERRAIN

Square Miles1
Miles Of Trail5
Climate TypeForest
Elevation250 to 350 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
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 little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Fewhas one large rock step-off that you can jump from (or bypass)
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis state forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis state forest has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis state forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe state forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis state forest has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis state forest has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesMassachusetts Registration Sticker
Dates OpenMay 1 through last Sunday in 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 MotorcyclesPermitted
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 RestrictionNot Recommended
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNoriding hours dawn to dusk
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on designated trails
AlcoholProhibited
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/PeriodicDedicated Rangers/Officers
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.
CommentMotorcycles must be registered in Massachusetts, no reciprocity with other states.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (NW)Milford-Whitinsville Regional Hospital (508) 473-1191
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (N)Franklin Mobil (508) 520-1588
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (N)Franklin
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Franklin
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SE)Canoe River Campground (508) 339-6462
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SE)Canoe River Campground (508) 339-6462
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (SE)Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (508) 543-7600
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Old Gold Convenience Store (508) 520-0481
Swimming Swim Area1-5 Miles (E)Chilson Beach (508) 520-4909
Body of Water Water Body1-5 Miles (E)Beaver Pond
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (SE)Massasoit State Park (508) 822-7405

CONTACTS

Contact InfoFranklin State Forest
(508) 543-9084
mass.parks@state.ma.us
www.mass.gov
Contact InfoMassachusetts Environmental Police
251 Causeway Street, Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1610
www.mass.gov
CommentMotorcycle Registration Info

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The trails are marked with yellow triangles.

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One of the bridge crossings.

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Nothing too challenging here.

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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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