Willowdale State Forest Ipswich, MA


Beginner Intermediate



Tagged As:

singletrack, fast, no signage, skinnies

Willowdale offers over 40 miles of trails for your enjoyment. Unfortunately, the trails are not marked very clearly, so be prepared to do some exploring. With enough perseverance [or by using one of our maps] you will find the sweet singletrack!

trail information

Website: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/wild.htm

Willowdale is one of the North Shores premier riding spots. With over 40+ miles of trails and more being added all the time, you should never get bored. As Willowdale expands, new man-made stunts [drops, jumps and skinnys] are popping up all over the trail system. Most of the new features are located in the Northeast section of the park.

The trails at Willowdale are mostly fast and flowy, so be prepared to tear it up. Like any Northeast trails network you will run into you fair share of rocks / roots, but this place has way less then most.

One of the biggest drawbacks of Willowdale is the lack of trail markers. This can cause some confusion and cause you to get turned around in a hurry. The one main trail is marked by blue blazes. You'll also see yellow and orange blazes and white arrows marking different trails. If you do get lost, hit the fireroad and you should easily find your way.

Note: if you are novice / super-beginner don't hesitate to hit Bradley Palmer State Park, which is right across Ipswitch / Topsfield Road from Willowdale State Forest.

Parking: There are a couple of places to park at Willowdale.
  1. 280 Ipswich Road, Topsfield, Massachusetts
  2. 275 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, Massachusetts

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ride maps

Length: 12.10 mi, Elevation: 2820 ft

Green dot trail, until back track. Ran out of time.

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Length: 12.10 mi, Elevation: 2627 ft

See the map for waypoints indicating where many of the man-made stunts are located.

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Ipswich weather


cloudy 51°F
Wind: 9 mph
Humidity: 89%
Sunrise: 05:10 am
Sunset: 08:11 pm
  • Wed
    27°F 19°F
  • Thu
    29°F 10°F
  • Fri
    14°F -4°F
  • Sat
    7°F -8°F

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