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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

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

    Middlesex Fells Reservation

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    4 Woodland Road, Stoneham

    www.mass.gov/dcr/parks

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    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

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    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.

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