QUABBIN RESERVOIR NORTH; 

NEW SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS

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Last Updated:      June 10, 2012

Length:                Old Millington Road Spur: 2.6 miles

                              Old Petersham Road & Bassett Pond Spurs; 3.6 miles

                              Old North Main Street Spur; 2.5 miles

                              Round trip along all Spurs; 17.4 miles

Difficulty:            Old Millington Road Spur: Easy. Flat, old paved road.

                              Old Petersham Road Spur; Moderate. Mostly flat with a few slight hills along a hard packed dirt & gravel road.

                              Bassett Pond Spur; Easy. Flat hard packed dirt & gravel road with some old paved sections.

                              Old North Main Street Spur; Easy. Flat, old paved road, hard packed dirt & gravel sections.

Directions:

Take exit 8 off of I-90 (Mass Pike) to Route 32 north and continue for about 13 miles to the intersection of Route 32A. Bear left on Route 32A and follow to Route 122. Turn left and follow Route 122. 

To start from Gate 35; Travel about 4 miles along Route 122 and turn left on Old Petersham Rd. Take your next left along S Athol Rd and follow to Gate 35.

To start from Gate 30; Travel about 7 miles along Route 122 and turn left for the Gate 30 parking area. This is directly opposite Orange Rd and just shy of Route 202.

Quabbin Reservoir is one of the largest man-made public water supplies in the United States. Created in the 1930s by the construction of two huge earthen dams, the reservoir is fed by the three branches of the Swift River, and seasonally by the Ware River. Quabbin Reservoir was built between 1926 and 1939 and flooded 39 square miles of land. Four towns were abandoned from the area, including the town of Dana, which is where another biking area is located south of here. See; Quabbin Reservoir East. A 60 mile pipeline and aqueduct delivers water to the Boston area. Because this is MDC land, dogs are not allowed. Portable toilets are located along the roads because this is part of the watershed. The loop trail follows park roads and travels over two dams (closed to traffic). It includes a long steep accent and descent, along with an on-road section along Route 9 in order to complete a loop. If you don't feel comfortable traveling along this high speed road you may simply double back through the park. I've included a map of the area below, along with other biking and hiking trails at the reservoir. A third biking area is located at the southern end of the Reservoir, See; Quabbin Reservoir Park .For more information visit;  QUABBIN RESERVOIR .

Note; I list the mileages along each individual segment along with the [Total Miles] I've ridden from Gate 30.

Starting from Gate 30; The trail follows Old Millington Road Spur and consists of old blacktop but is fairly smooth. The terrain is wooded and generally flat. After 0.6 miles you'll come to an intersection with a map board and Porto-potty (you'll find Porto-potty's scattered all through the reservoir). 

Note; Right takes you out to Gate 29.

Continue left along a more open road. Come to the intersection for Old Petersham Road Spur at 1 mile. See Below for this spur.

Continue straight, passing underneath a transmission line before a slight hill brings you up to another intersection at 1 3/4 miles (Marker 29-3). Bear right along the road past a couple more spurs (Markers 29-4 & 29-5) as the road takes you around Rattlesnake Hill and down to the Reservoir at 2.6 miles. Peaceful & isolated spot looking out over the reservoir.

Continuing from Old Millington Road along Old Petersham Road Spur; Re-zeroing for mileage travel down this hard packed dirt, gravel & old road and across a culver with a small marsh to your left. Some slight hills along this road which brings you down alongside the reservoir and across a couple of causeways. Cross a bridge over a small dam and pass through the Wetmore Fishing Area & Boat Launch parking area at 1.2 miles [5.4 miles]. Restrooms are located here.

Note; Left takes you out the entrance road past Loughlin Pond and Gate 31 to Route 122 after a 1/2 mile. You then have the option of looping back to the Gate 30 parking lot on-road along Route 122 for 1.2 miles (Not recommended for novices or kids on bikes as this is a high traffic road with no shoulder).

Continuing along Old Petersham Road Spur; From Wetmore Fishing Area head out the entrance road and turn right past Marker 31-3 along the hard packed dirt road. [It appeared as though this road had recently had it's old asphalt torn up, so I'm guessing they will lay down a packed gravel base in the future? Please send any updates to letterbox@snet.net .] Travel through the woods around Fairview Hill and up and over a slight hill to the intersection with Basset Pond Spur (Marker 33-1) road at 2 miles [6.2 miles]. 

Note; Old Petersham Road Spur continues straight  along a hard packed dirt road out to South Athol Rd at 0.9 miles. Left takes you out Gate 33 to Route 122.

I turned right along the more scenic Basset Pond Spur. [Again, it appears as though this road has recently had it's old asphalt torn up, so I'm guessing they will lay down a packed gravel base in the future? Please send any updates to letterbox@snet.net .] Travel alongside Basset Pond then through the woods and underneath the transmission lines before you come to an intersection at 2.8 miles. You'll turn left here, but first continue straight along the old road for fantastic views of the Reservoir at 3 miles [7.2 miles]. A small sandy beach located here along with a Porto-potty. Returning to the intersection head right and you'll travel underneath the transmission lines again along old road before coming to Gate 35 after 3.6 miles [7.8 miles]. You'll find another map board here. This is the start of the Old North Main Street Spur, the most scenic spur in my eyes. Head right past the map board where the old road alternates between asphalt and hard packed dirt and gravel. After passing underneath the transmission lines again the road follows alongside the Reservoir. You'll travel past an old fire tower? at 1.7 miles and come to the end of he road as it disappears into the Reservoir at 2.5 miles [10.3 miles]. 

Note; After returning to Gate 35 [12.8 miles] you have the option of traveling past Gate 35 on-road along South Athol Rd (residential). When you reach the intersection with Old Petersham Rd (active) after 0.7 miles look left to spot a dirt & grass path (next to an old green sign reading Hager Rd). Travel down this narrow overgrown two-tracked path. When the path turns right you continue straight (don't worry the trail improves). You cross a causeway and pass by Gate 34. The trail widens and improves. Continue straight past a spur down to South Spectacle Pond. Travel across a culvert and you'll come to the Basset Pond Spur after 1.6 miles [14.4 miles]. Continue straight up the Old Petersham Road Spur through the Wetmore Fishing Area and back to the Old Millington Road Spur, then right back to Gate 30 for a [17.4 miles] round trip.

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