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Hodges Village Dam

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Alt Names Hodges Village Reservoir, French River, Stumpy Pond, Cedar Swamp, Hodges Dam
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

Located next to the French River outside Oxford, Massachusetts, this area offers about 10 miles of motorcycle trails that consist mainly of easy and fast flowing singletrack with several bridge crossings, a few moderate inclines and an obstacle course.

The motorcycle trails are located on the western side of the river while the hiking and mountain bike trails are located on the eastern side marked with blue and yellow blazes. There are two staging areas however the northern access off Clara Barton Road is the most popular with motorcyclists.

The trails are open for most of the year but may temporarily close for spring thaw. For current trail conditions call (978) 318-8426.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Oxford, MA
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From: Worcester, MA
1) Take I-290 south to exit 6B (I-290 turns into I-395)
2) Turn right (west) off the exit ramp Washington Street/US-20, continue 1.7 miles
3) Veer left (south) onto SR-12, continue 1.4 miles
4) Turn right (west) on Clara Barton Road, continue .2 miles
5) Turn left (south) after bridge, continue about .5 miles
6) Staging area is on the right.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail
Land Army Corps of Engineers
QUALITY
Pros nice single track, beautiful scenery, good variety of easy and technical trails
Cons small parking area, no camping
Rating Rating    Excellent    
Recommended Stay Full Day
TERRAIN
Square Miles 2
Miles Of Trail 10
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 500 to 750 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has some sandy areas.Some
Mud The trail has some mud after it rains.Some
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has some rocks.Some
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few
Small Jumps This trail has some small jumps.Some
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel Pits This USACE land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single Track This USACE land has many single track trails.Many
Roads This USACE land has few roads.Few
Intersections This trail has some intersections.Some
Rider Traffic The USACE land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
Shade This USACE land has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/Gunfire This USACE land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few Hunting permitted on the west side of the French Reservoir.
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has some expert terrain.Some
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes Massachusetts Registration Sticker
Dates Open Open daily except during spring thaw.
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 are from dawn to dusk.
Cross Country Prohibited keep on designated trails
Alcohol Prohibited
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas Hunting permitted on the west side of the French Reservoir.
Emergency / Law Enforcement Some Dedicated 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.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (N) UMass Memorial Medical Center (508) 334-1000
Gasoline Gasoline 1-5 Miles (S) Cumberland Farms (508) 987-0858
Diesel Diesel 1-5 Miles (S) Cumberland Farms (508) 987-0858
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (E) Sutton Falls Camping Area (508) 865-3898
RV Hookups RV Hookup 1-5 Miles (E) Sutton Falls Camping Area (508) 865-3898
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (E) Sutton Falls Camping Area (508) 865-3898
Primitive Camping Campground 1-5 Miles (E) Sutton Falls Camping Area (508) 865-3898
Convenience Store Conv Store 1-5 Miles (NE) The Villager (508) 987-8731
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (SE) Douglas State Forest (508) 476-7872
Body of Water Water Body On Site French River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (SE) Douglas State Forest (508) 476-7872
CONTACTS
Contact Info US Army Corps of Engineers - Hodges Village Dam
48 Howarth Road
Charlton, MA 01507
(978) 318-8426
www.nae.usace.army.mil
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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Hodges Village Dam Trail

The trails offer nice views of the French River.
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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Example of terrain at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike getting wet at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Dirtbike traversing the water at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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OHV at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike crossing the water at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Having a little fun at the sand pit.
Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike jumping at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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OHV at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle doing a wheelie at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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OHV at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike doing a wheelie at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

OHV at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

OHV at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

The obstacle course has a few logs and some shallow sand pits to test your trial skills.
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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Scenery from Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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