Northwest of Pittsfield, the Pittsfield State Forest has 14 miles of trails in the Taconic Range near the New York border open to dirt biking. These trails are maintained through a partnership with the Bershire Trails Council. Starting in 2011, a free OHV permit is requried to use the trails in Pittsfield State Forest.
To reach the Pittsfield OHV Trail trailhead from the Mass Turnpike, use Exit #2. Head west on SR20. Follow signs into park. Turn right on to Hungerford Street, then left on to West Street. Make a right on to Church Hill Street and follow the signs to the park. The Cascade Street entrance is hidden on the left side of the road, if you reach the Dan Casey Causeway then you have gone too far.
Note: On the trail map, motorized vehicles are only permitted on trails marked by a solid line. Non-motorized use is allowed on trails marked by either solid or dotted lines.
Note: Massachusetts law requires that all ORVs (ATV and dirt bikes) must be registered and display a registration plate on the back of the vehicle. All ORVs must weight less than 1,000 pounds. More information on registration can be obtained from the state Div of Environmental Law at (617) 626-1610. ORV use is permitted only on designated ORV trails within the forest management. Designated ORV trails will be marked with trailhead signage and/or orange or yellow trail blazes. All other state parks, reservations and forests are closed to ORV use at all times. ORV use is permitted only on designated ORV trails within the forest management. Designated ORV trails will be marked with trailhead signage and/or orange or yellow trail blazes. The state requires that all riders have a helment and you must be at least 14 years old to operate alone.
Overall, Pittsfield State Forest is the 5th most popular dirt bike trail of all 9 dirt biking rides in Massachusetts.