F.G.Hills

 

F. Gilbert Hills State Forest     Wrentham State Forest     Franklin State Forest

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F. Gilbert Hills State Forest

Hiking  Ɩ  Biking  Ɩ  Equestrian  Ɩ  Picnic  Ɩ  Skiing  Ɩ  Walking Trails  Ɩ  Off-Highway Motorcycles

Recommended Hikes and Rides pdf format of F.Gilbert Hills Recommended Hikes and Rides

Covering 1,027 acres in Foxboro and Wrentham, F. Gilbert Hills State Forest is a passive use pine and oak forest.  There are approximately 23 miles of trails for various uses throughout the property.  One of these is the Warner Trail, a long-distance hiking trail that travels through Norfolk County on its way to Rhode Island.  Mountain biking is a widely popular activity on the property, and there are also designated trails for horseback riding and off-highway motorcycles.

The forest is named for a dedicated State Forester and park employee.  In the 1930’s this forester produced a series of outstanding illustrative maps of many of the Department’s properties in existence at the time.  The headquarters area is the site of a former CCC camp, and evidence of their work can be seen throughout the property.


Wrentham State Forest

Hiking  Ɩ  Biking  Ɩ  Skiing  Ɩ  Walking Trails  Ɩ  Off-Highway Motorcycles

Covering 1,024 aces in Wrentham and Plainville, Wrentham State Forest is a minimally developed property managed for passive recreation.  The gravel parking area on Taunton Street in Wrentham leads to miles of intersecting trails and dirt roads.  Trails are open for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with a designated loop for off-highway motorcycles.  One of these is the Warner Trail, a long-distance hiking trail that travels through Norfolk County on its way to Rhode Island.

The land was acquired by the Department in the early 1900’s, and many forest improvements were made during the 1930’s by local CCC camps.


Franklin State Forest

Hiking  Ɩ  Biking  Ɩ  Skiing  Ɩ  Walking Trails  Ɩ  Off-Highway Motorcycles

Covering 843 acres in the Forge Hill Area, Franklin State Forest is a minimally developed property managed for passive recreation.  Parking is available adjacent to the water tank on Forge Hill Road, nearby the YMCA facility.  Numerous intersecting trails and fire roads are open for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with a designated loop for off-highway motorcycles. Remains of a short lived CCC camp can be found off Grove Street, where multiple walking trails crisscross the property.  The Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) begins on Grove Street, and passes through a portion of the state forest on its way to Douglas.


Off-Highway Motorcycles

Off-highway motorcycles (OHMs) are allowed only on the designated loops (blazed in yellow) in each of the three state forests.

OHM riding is prohibited from all other trails (those not blazed in yellow or signed for OHMs)

OHMs are only permitted during the riding season which generally begins (weather permitting) May 1 and ends late November.  To be sure the forest is open to OHM riding, call ahead.

Parking is available for OHM at:

  • F. Gilbert Hills State Forest: High Rock Area, High Rock Rd, Foxboro
  • Wrentham State Forest: 700 Taunton St, Wrentham
  • Franklin State Forest: Forge Hill Rd, Franklin (limited)

Please know the laws and regulations for OHV riding in Massachusetts and be aware of age and engine capacity restrictions for all ridings under 18.

Stay on designated trails, avoid private property, ride in control at all times, and yield to other users.