Southeast of Boston and southwest of Plymouth, the 14,600 acre Myles Standish State Forest is laced with hundreds of miles of trails, paths, fire breaks, paved roads and dirt roads. Some of the pathways in the forest actually predate the Pilgrims. Theres also a 22 mile paved multi-purpose trail. The routes roll gently through sandy pine forest.
Ride anywhere in the forest except on pond shores, and on one, short, marked hiking trail near forest headquarters. Particularly attractive are the busy bicycle trail and the 28 mile marked horse trail. The 40 mile marked motorcycle trail, (which was at least temporarily closed to motorcycles in October of 1996), can be very challenging.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Boston, follow SR3 southeast to Exit 5. Turn right heading west onto Long Pond Road for 4 miles to the signed state forest entrance on the right. Turn right in to the state forest and head towards the headquarters. At about 2 miles, there is a nice signed trailhead parking area.
Overall, Myles Standish State Forest is the 1st most popular mountain bike trail of all 35 mountain biking rides in Massachusetts.