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Great places for off-road biking north of Boston

Cyclists exploring a trail at the Middlesex Fells Reser-vation in Stoneham.

Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

Cyclists exploring a trail at the Middlesex Fells Reser-vation in Stoneham.

If you go . . .

Lynn Woods Reservation

Great Woods Road, Lynn

www.flw.org

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Variety of trails over 2,200 acres, including wide, beginner-friendly paths.

Middlesex Fells Reservation

4 Woodland Road, Stoneham

www.mass.gov/dcr/parks

Most of the casual terrain — including fire and forest roads — is open to the fat-tire set.

Harold Parker State Forest

305 Middleton Road,
North Andover

www.mass.gov/dcr/parks

More than 35 miles of roads and trails — from docile to dicey.

Bradley Palmer State Park/
Willowdale State Forest

Asbury Street, Topsfield

www.mass.gov/dcr/parks

Bradley Palmer, 721 acres, is more confined — and easier to navigate — with rolling, open terrain; Willowdale is bigger and more convoluted, with fabulous single-track cuts.

Maudslay State Park

Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport

www.mass.gov/dcr/parks

Small (less than 500 acres) compared with other riding areas, nonetheless a gem.

Ravenswood Park

481 Western Ave. (Route 127), Gloucester

www.thetrustees.org

Carriage paths such as Ridge Road and Old Salem Road are ideal for the rider just getting up to speed.

For a full list of trails throughout Greater Boston, go to the New England Mountain Bike Association website, www.nemba.org.

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