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Off-Road Trails: Massachusetts

The state might be small, but there are several great off-road riding locations

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Massachusetts doesn’t have as many riding areas open to SXS vehicles as some other states, but the places that are open for families to enjoy their vehicles make the best of the available land. In Massachusetts, life is better on a Honda.

Two state forest systems are vastly different from each other. While one has more of a laid-back, cruising-friendly trail system, the other has a tough mudder-style of trail system with steep hills, rocky terrain, and challenging mud puddles. Then, you have the ultimate track and trail system at the other riding area in this state. In all, the diversification of this state’s riding areas makes this the perfect place to take your side-by-side, especially if you are venturing out in a unit like the Honda Talon.

With the state being compact in size, riders are never far away from supplies when venturing out to these trails. Make sure you pack it in and pack it out when you go to these locations.

Size 22 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Charlton, Mass.

508 International

Size 22 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Charlton, Mass.

508 is a relatively small facility at 22 acres, but the park makes the most of the available riding area with tracks, open tree-lined trails, and more open riding area to enjoy in your SXS. With the rock crawling courses and multiple terrain options here, a versatile and comfortable vehicle like the Honda Talon 1000X Fox Live Valve would be the ideal choice to take to this riding area. In addition to the off-road riding potential here, there are other activities like rock climbing, boarding, and slacklining, just to name a few. This facility is just off the thoroughfare, too, making it close to all the necessities.

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Distance 16 Miles

Skill Level Beginner

Trailhead Pittsfield, Mass.

Pittsfield State Forest

Distance 16 Miles

Skill Level Beginner

Trailhead Pittsfield, Mass.

If you’re looking for tree-lined backroads to take your family SXS on, the Pittsfield State Forest could be your ultimate destination in the state of Massachusetts. Pittsfield has many trails that are fast and smooth. In fact, there are about 16 miles total. If you’re into hiking or mountain biking, there are also a ton of trails in this area for those activities. In total, the forest extends out for 11,000 acres and includes a large diversity of terrain.

Distance 16.4 Miles

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Monterey, Mass.

Beartown State Forest

Distance 16.4 Miles

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Monterey, Mass.

Similar to the Pittsfield trail system, Beartown State Forest has about 16.4 miles of trails. However, the Pittsfield system is more geared towards beginner drivers or those who want a relaxing ride, whereas the Beartown location has more challenging trails made up of chunk rock, mud puddles, tree roots, steep hilly sections, and loose terrain. In all, you need a vehicle up for a bit of a challenge when you go to this riding area, and the ultra-capable Honda Talon 1000X Fox Live Valve will be up for the task. Plus, this two-seater allows you to take a passenger along for the thrilling ride. There isn’t anything better than that! Look for wildlife while you are at this location, and be sure you pay the fee at the entrance to the Ranger Station (fees are enforced May to Labor Day).

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