Ames Nowell State Park
ElevationAscent: 525' 160 m
Descent: -524' -160 m
High: 252' 77 m
Low: 133' 41 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
Current trail conditions
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“A super fun loop around Ames Nowell that intermediate to advanced riders will enjoy.”— William D
Family Friendly Trails are multi-use, good for hiking with kids just keep an eye out for bikes.
The ride starts from the main parking lot, utilizing most of the singletracks and very little of the forest roads. It includes five Strava segments (Witch Trail, Toby’s Ridge, Send it Back, Dino Spine, and Drop 'n Roll). The 10-miler will keep the average rider working hard for about two hours with only the short forest road sections to rest without being assaulted by bugs but there are multiple opportunities to shorten the loop as well such as skipping the northern area which starts from the westernmost tip of Cleveland Pond.
Areas close to the pond can get wet, especially in the spring; it is a good idea to skip these places in the wet season. The trails going around the northern part of the pond then down back to the parking lot on the east side (not used in this loop) are very pretty but get flooded due to beaver activity and should be avoided year round, especially the northern tip of the pond.
From the main entrance of the park, head down to the pond dam, cross it, and the trails start behind the big boulder on your left, take the first trail on the left to start the loop.
Both the NEMBA map and DCR trail map use intersection numbers instead of trail names, so these trails have been named according to the intersections they connect.
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Features, E-Bikes Allowed, History & Background
Local Club: New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA)
Dec 12, 2016: SE MA NEMBA New Year's Day Ride
Dec 21, 2015: Donate to NEMBA's Annual Fund
Jan 6, 2015: NEMBAfest @ KT 2016
Land Manager: Massachusetts State Parks - Department of Conservation