Mountain Bike Trails as of 9/29/2020, click to enlarge, file is large so it may take time to load
Green Woodlands Bike trails open to
New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine Residents
September 29, 2020
We want to thank everyone who has helped make our mountain bike trail reopening successful thus far.
After a few weekends of having Grafton County bikers on the trails, and continuing to keep a close eye on COVID-19 guidance coming from regional health authorities, we're ready for our next step of re-opening.
Starting today, our bike trails are now open for residents of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, and most of our parking lots are open. We ask that everyone please continue to follow our COVID guidelines, and help us out in encouraging your fellow bikers to do the same. (note residents need to have a NH or VT license plate on their vehicle)
We're excited to be able to welcome more of our community back out on the trails, and will give further updates as the season progresses. Thanks!
Green Woodlands Soft Reopening June 13, 2020
Grafton County Residents
We’re going to be opening our mountain bike trails for Grafton County, NH residents and employees of Grafton County hospitals on a trial basis starting Saturday, June 13th. And we’re asking for your help to ensure this reopening is successful.
Please be the example, and help your fellow bikers understand the importance of our COVID-19 guidelines. If our bike community can follow these below guidelines, we hope to be able to keep the trails open and possibly expand the availability.
Please, observe the following guidelines while using the trail system:
Only two lots will be open, one at 1756 NH RT 118, Dorchester NH and the other on Dorchester Road near the Lyme side of our network. If the lots are full we ask that you come back another day.
Only park at designated parking areas. Please, do not park on public roads.
Give other visitors at least 6 feet of space.
Wear a face mask when others are present in the parking lot.
Do not congregate before or after riding. Please, no tailgating.
There are no restrooms or any other facilities available.
On the trails:
Please, ride within your limits and do not take risks. During this pandemic, it is even more important to be extremely careful while biking so as not to put an undue strain on our emergency first responders.
Recreate only with people from your household.
Give others at least 6 feet of space.
Do not congregate at trailheads or intersections.
On two-way trails, everyone should yield to each other, and then communicate how to safely pass.
Do not touch the map kiosks, these are not sanitized.
Our family is re-opening the trails because we trust our local bike community to follow these guidelines. We have spent years building the trails and would not want to re-close them because we feel unsafe for ourselves or our community. Thanks from us in advance for helping out.
As the weather has slowly started to warm, we've been getting inquiries about when our mountain bike trails would be opening up. Normally our answer would be June 1st. But, as you've probably heard said countless times – these are not normal times.
We've been keeping a close eye on opening plans from other mountain bike trail systems in the region, as well as guidance published by governors both here in New Hampshire and in neighboring Vermont. After a lot of consideration, we're going to be pushing back opening day for mountain biking. For the time being, our trails are closed to mountain biking until further notice except for the above trial soft opening. Hiking and running on the trails is fine.
We miss our mountain bike community and look forward to welcoming you back. We hope you and yours are staying healthy and safe.
Our goal is to create a backcountry "wilderness" mountain bike experience that the whole family can enjoy and contribute to building a healthy community.
We currently have around 70 miles of mountain bike trails with half of that being machine built single track trails.
There are no fees required to use these trails but we hope to earn a SMILE from those that explore them. Earning that smile is much more valuable than any kind of monetary gain we could receive. And if you have a really good experience maybe you can bring that SMILE home with you and share it with others.
We do not charge anyone for the use of Green Woodlands property in any manner and we do not expect anyone else to charge for the use of our property either. This includes any other organizations whether they be for-profit, non-for-profit, group or individual that wants to do; tours, guides, lessons, training, equipment rentals, group activities, advertising or any other commercial, monetization or donation base use of Green Woodlands property.
Trail Design & Construction:
The machine-built single-track trails are designed and built by avid mountain bikers with love of the sport. Most of the double-track trails are part of our cross-country ski network and were designed by John Morton of Morton Trails, who designs trails throughout the world.
There are 24" by 36" map kiosks at most intersections. Digital maps are available on the Trailforks.com app. and a downloadable geo-referenced PDF compatible with apps like Avenza or for large scale printing is available on this website. There are also brochures with maps located in most parking areas.
There are a number of parking areas shown on the map which can facilitate shuttling. For good neighbor relations please don’t park on town roads. Parking areas do close at dark.
Cabins & Buildings:
Please don’t go near the cabins and buildings. We have a ton of trails and a lot of property for the public to explore, and only small areas near the cabins are marked as private. Please help us out by respecting that.
Please, No Motorized Vehicles, Camping, Overnight Parking of RVs, Fires, or Grilling on the Property.
We've had inquiries periodically about e-bikes. These inquiries have come from athletes recovering from injury or illness, mature riders, military vets, and others. People dedicated to the sport, but who were struggling to find places to ride. Previously, we had followed the US Forest Service policy with regard to e-bikes, but we also started doing research and talking to people about this evolving technology and how it might fit into our philosophy here at Green Woodlands Foundation.
So, after a good deal of research, discussions with our team as well as other mountain bike organizations, we've decided to move forward with allowing class 1 peddle assist e-bikes on our trails on a pilot basis this year. Class 1 e-bikes are defined as pedal assist only, no throttle, with a max assisted speed of 20 mph.
We do ask that you help us by keeping within these guidelines, and help this pilot be successful. Other e-bike classes (eg, throttle based) or motorized vehicles are not allowed on Green Woodlands trails.
Please feel free to share this post with other riders and bike shops, so that e-bike riders know that our trails are now welcoming to class 1 e-bikes.
Our neighbor has also opened up miles of trails that connect to ours. They have camping, lodging, occasional food, and terrific educational events. For more info, go todacres.orgor Facebook.
Trails Open for Mountain Biking:
June 1st to November 5th.
Mountain biking and entering the property at your own risk
We’re fortunate that New Hampshire has strong laws limiting landowner liability, which allows us to open up our property to be used by the public for recreational purposes. This is just a reminder that you enter this propertyat your own risk.You should enter this property with an understanding that mountain biking is a hazardous sport; please ride to your ability.
By entering this property, you accept the hazards and dangers of injury incident thereto, including negligence and carelessness on the part of others. Marked and unmarked dangers, such as rocks, roots, fallen trees, mud, sharp turns, bridges without railings, wildlife, dogs, horses, and other hazards exist. Falls and collisions are a part of mountain biking, and injuries may result.
We do not have trail guards or monitors and we do not perform an end of day sweep of the trails. In other words, this is wilderness property and we all have to be responsible for ourselves. Note: there is almostno cell service out here.