Located in the heart of Massachusetts, in the quiet town of Oxford, the Green Briar Hodges bike trails are a labyrinthine network, offering a unique blend of terrains and challenges for bikers of every level.
The trails showcase New England's typical rocky and rooty singletracks, complemented with engaging roller coaster rides, if one starts at the dam. A considerable part of the trail becomes marshy during spring and post-rainy days. However, the bulk of the year reveals well-trodden paths that offer delightful riding experiences.
To begin the journey, exit the Pike at Auburn and proceed west on Route 12. In the confluence of Route 20 and Route 12 in Oxford, the Wal-Mart parking lot serves as the ideal parking spot. After parking, move towards the Route 20 side of Cumberland Farms, entering the riverbed. Riding for about 2 miles till the next road, bear left onto Route 12. A mile down this route, a turn towards Clara Barton Road on the right will guide bikers towards the Mass Elec plant. Following a steep ascent on the right, the Power Lines trail begins. The real thrill begins by turning left into the first singletrack.
From multiple recounts, this location emerges as a vast network to explore, with pathways still left undiscovered by many regulars. The trails connect seamlessly with the Midstate and even the acclaimed Buffumville trails.The French River bisects the area, forming the East and West sides. The East side, marked with blue blazes, is primarily non-motorized and begins with an accessible trail, eventually branching out into several single tracks, including some gas line trails. Conversely, the West side, denoted by orange blazes, permits motorized use. However, some bicyclists prefer the East due to the motorbike tracks on the West being less enjoyable.Parking near the skatepark off Rt 12 offers easy access to the trails, with many intriguing side trails. The area near Rocky Hill Rd also promises an engaging playground for mountain bikes.While the trails are abundant with roots and rocks, they aren't overly technical. Cyclists should remain alert for motorcycles, especially on non-motorized trails. Despite the lack of extensive climbs, the blazed trails ensure riders won't lose their way.
Allow the trails to dry after rainfalls. A part of the dam trail tends to flood, resulting in a wet biking experience. For newcomers, it's beneficial to start from the Rt. 12 recreation park, following the blue blazes for the best singletrack experience.
Green Briar Hodges offers an exquisite blend of terrains, catering to both amateurs and professionals. The vastness ensures that every visit unravels a new trail or experience. It's a must-visit for every biking enthusiast looking to explore Massachusetts's rich trail tapestry.