Featured Partner Event: Willowdale Mountain Bike Ride

photo of Willowdale Bike Ride


May 24, 2014, 8:30 AM


Willowdale Meadow, 280 Ipswich Rd, Topsfield, MA, 01983


It is hoped that the event will be rescheduled for another date this summer. We'll be sure to advise when this happens, so stay posted!


Did you know that Willowdale State Forest offers over 40 miles of trails ranging from fire roads to single tracks?  Join Essex County Trail Association (ECTA) to explore this extensive trail network on a novice/intermediate level mountain bike ride led by Scott Halstead and Bruce MacDonald.

The pace will be set by the group with one ride leader in front and another in the rear so no one will get lost.  Willowdale State Forest offers great single track that has some roots, rocks, side obstacles and climbs, but most of the terrain in this area is mainly fast and smooth single track.  The ride will cover about 5-8 miles of trail, which should take about 1.5-2 hours.

Free. Please register online or call ECTA at 978-468-1133 for more information.

Directions: Meet at the Willowdale Meadow Parking Lot located on Ipswich Road in Topsfield.  "Wheels down" at 8:30 am, so please arrive a few minutes early to unload and check in.  Helmets required, water bottles recommended.

Driving Directions:

  • From Route 1, take Ipswich Road heading east.  After passing Asbury Street on the right, the parking area will be just over 1/4 mile farther down Ipswich Road (If you reach the Ipswich/Topsfield town line you have gone too far).  Parking available on both sides of the street.  
  • From Ipswich Center take Topsfield Road heading west.  After passing Winthrop Street (and Foot Bros. Canoe) on the left, the parking area will be about 3/4 mile down the road (about 1/4 mile past the Ipswich/Topsfield town line).  Parking available on both sides of the street.