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The trails in Wompatuck offer varied riding experiences to area mountain bikers.
Wompatuck is bisected by Union Street. In the past most of the off road bicycling
was done on the right side of Union Street where the majority of the
park's unbroken woodland exists. But, over the past few years the
park's staff, aided by area mountain bikers, has been hard at work
creating an entirely new network of singletrack trails on the left side
of the park in some areas recently reacquired by the State.
`Wompy' as the locals refer to it, is a great place to ride. It
contains the greatest number and variety of singletracks in the
Some of the singletrack, especially the newer ones, are fast and
swoopy. While some of the others remind one of long distance trials
sections. The latter are constantly busy as you never seem to go in a
straight line for more than 50 feet or so and never seem to stop
hopping logs, dodging trees or riding over rocks.
Prospect Hill is the largest hill in the forest. It has five routes to
the top, four of which are singletrack. And one of these has the
longest section of switchbacked singletrack in the state.
is one of the sites in the NEMBA/MERLIN Trail Maintenance Series. In
addition to building bridges and erosion control projects, like the
state's, `longest switchback trail', TMS volunteers are actively
involved in creating that extensive system of new singletrack.
Wompatuck State Park abuts Cohasset's Whitney Thayer woods, a Trustees
of Reservations property that allows mountain biking on a network of
well maintained gravel paths. One of Wompy's trails leads right into
Whitney Thayer, and covering both areas on the same day would make for
a very lengthy ride. Currently, most of the new singletrack is marked
with orange paint splotches and streamers. However, when the project is
completed, things will be more clearly marked with arrows and signs.
Wompy's trails can be wet in early spring. (For a better riding
experience, it's best to head further south during mud season, like for
instance to the Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth/Carver Mass.)
In the winter cross country skiers and snowmobilers abound at
Wompatuck. Snowmobilers have free reign in the left portion of the
forest and most skiers stay on the right.
No matter what the season, Wompy's trails are used by a lot of
different kinds of trail users. So expect to meet a lot of non-bikers
out on the trails.
If you live in the close-to-Boston-south area, you already know about
Wompatuck State Park. If you don't, it's a good place to check out.
It's also the site of quite a few of the `South Shore' rides in NEMBA's
Fun Ride series.