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Hodges Village Dam

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Alt Names

Hodges Village Reservoir, French River, Stumpy Pond, Cedar Swamp, Hodges Dam

Last Known StatusOpen

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 single track 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 CityOxford, 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

AreaTrail
LandArmy Corps of Engineers

QUALITY

Prosnice single track, beautiful scenery, good variety of easy and technical trails
Conssmall parking area, no camping
RatingRatingExcellent    
Recommended StayFull Day

TERRAIN

Square Miles2
Miles Of Trail10
Climate TypeForest
Elevation500 to 750 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
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 few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis USACE land has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis USACE land has many single track trails.Many
RoadsThis USACE land has few roads.Few
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe USACE land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
ShadeThis USACE land has some shaded areas.Some
Ranges/GunfireThis USACE land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.FewHunting permitted on the west side of the French Reservoir.
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesMassachusetts Registration Sticker
Dates OpenOpen daily except during spring thaw.
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 are from dawn to dusk.
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trails
AlcoholProhibited
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome AreasHunting permitted on the west side of the French Reservoir.
Emergency / Law EnforcementSomeDedicated Rangers/Officers
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
Camping
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (N)UMass Memorial Medical Center (508) 334-1000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (S)Cumberland Farms (508) 987-0858
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (S)Cumberland Farms (508) 987-0858
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Sutton Falls Camping Area (508) 865-3898
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (E)Sutton Falls Camping Area (508) 865-3898
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (E)Sutton Falls Camping Area (508) 865-3898
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Sutton Falls Camping Area (508) 865-3898
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NE)The Villager (508) 987-8731
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (SE)Douglas State Forest (508) 476-7872
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteFrench River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (SE)Douglas State Forest (508) 476-7872

CONTACTS

Contact InfoUS Army Corps of Engineers - Hodges Village Dam
48 Howarth Road
Charlton, MA 01507
(978) 318-8426
www.nae.usace.army.mil
Contact InfoMassachusetts Environmental Police
251 Causeway Street Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 626-1610
www.mass.gov
CommentMotorcycle Registration Info

COMMENTS

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The trails offer nice views of the French River.

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Hodges Village Dam Trail

Most of the trails look like this - smooth and fast with nice berms.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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

One of the bridge crossings.

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Honda CRF Motorbike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle getting wet at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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OHV 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 Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Having a little fun at the sand pit.

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Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike jumping at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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OHV at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle popping a wheelie at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Scenery from Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Dirtbike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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

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OHV at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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A trail at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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OHV at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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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

Parking is limited and narrow. There is a small turnaround spot to the right. Large trailers are not recommended.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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Scenic view of Hodges Village Dam Trail

Hodges Village Dam Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Hodges Village Dam Trail

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