|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Route-finding is the name of the game along this 11-mile clockwise loop through the east side of Wompatuck State Park. Following a series of trail markers, this track (cue-sheet below) is just one of many ride options available in this maze-like trail system just outside of Boston. The loop (which highlights the eastern section of the Root 66 Series Landmine Classic race course) has no fewer than 37 cue-points. Don’t be distressed if you miss one; they’re spaced very close together so backtracking is never that disheartening.
The trip (hike or bike) itself is an intermediate route showcasing the best aspects of New England singletrack: heavy tree cover (which makes for fantastic foliage in the fall), sudden steeps and drops, rock and root gardens, power-sapping muddy stretches, and idyllic reservoir scenes. To track foliage status in the park visit the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism site, but even when the temperature drops and the leaves have fallen, the ‘Womp’ remains a go-to playground for local mountain bikers.
TO TRAILHEAD: Head south on I-93/US 1 and take exit 7 to head south on MA 3. Continue 7.5 miles and take exit 15, turning right at the end of the exit onto Derby St. In 0.6 mile, bear left onto Cushing St. Continue 2.4 miles on Cushing St. (as it bears right) and then turn left on MA 228/Main St. Go 0.8 mile, turn right onto Free St., and continue another 0.9 mile to make a right on Union St. Continue to the State Park Visitor Center and parking.
-Mapped by Wendy Booher