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  The Reservations Ride
 
The Reservations Ride
 

What to Bring

Helmet   Bike/Lycra shorts
Bike gloves   Safety lights
First aid kit   Sunglasses
Windbreaker   Repair kit
Water   Snacks
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston, take I-90 West, then 128
South
Take exit 17 for route 135 West
About a mile after Needham center, take left on Central Street
Turn left at Claxton Field, about 6 miles from the 128 exit; park your car on the large lot
  Good to know in advance
 
Claxton Field and all reservations close at sunset

Free entrance to Noanet, Chase
Woodlands, Peters Reservation and Ridge Hill Reservations; $3 entrance fee to Rocky Woods and Fork Factory Reservations (free if you are a Trustees of Reservations
member)

Mountain Biking prohibited at Chase/Peters Reservations, allowed with permit at Noanet Reservation
Restrooms at Chickering Field, a few yards after the entrance for Noanet Reservation on Dedham Street (about 2 miles from your starting point)
All reservations except Ridge Hill are
managed by The Trustees of Reservations (TTOR): TTOR Southeast Regional Office: 2468B Washington Street, Canton MA
02021, Tel: 781-821-2977,
www.thetrustees.org
  Etiquette
 
Carry out all your trash
Stay on trails when exploring the
reservations and respect all postings
 
   

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Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 1 hour 15 minutes
  Duration: Full day
  Cost:

Free

  Main activity:

Biking

 
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Located around Dover, just beyond the Route 128 west of Boston, this 20-mile loop would be a great ride in itself, with quiet roads rolling through woodlands, meadows, and horse farms. But as a side benefit, this ride takes you to no less than six different reservations: Noanet Woodlands, Rocky Woods, Fork Factory Brook, Chase Woodlands, Peters Reservation, and Ridge Hill Reservation.

Therefore, you have two options: do this ride in one shot, which will take between 2 and 3 hours depending on your speed; or use the ride as a convenient way to explore one reservation after another, on foot, in a bike-and-hike fashion, which may take an entire day - and you will still need to come back to see them all. Either way, you will ride through a preserved landscape that is still surprisingly rural despite the proximity of the big city. Of course, sprawling is leaving its mark here too, but in the form of mansions that are either hidden from the road or well integrated in the scenery. Another advantage: roads are in excellent condition here, with a smooth blacktop that makes the ride safer and more comfortable than usual.

If you like the area and want to explore it further on foot another time, check our Noanet Peak and Hale Reservation hiking destinations. Noanet is the first reservation you will visit on this ride.

Riding directions:
From the parking lot, take left on Central Street towards Dover (opposite the way you drove from)
Turn left on Charles River Street
At Charles River Village, the next intersection with a few houses, take right on Willow Street (no street sign)
At the "Yield" sign, continue right on Dedham Street; you will soon see the entrance to Noanet Reservation and Caryl Park on the left (just before the tennis courts)
At the next intersection, with Dover visible on the left, turn left to stay on Dedham Street and ride through Dover center
At the light (gas station on the left), turn left on Walpole Street. After less than half a mile, you will ride along Noanet Reservation on the left, with several access gates
After a few miles under the tall pines of Noanet, turn right at stop sign on Hartford Street; after more than a mile, you will see the entrance to Rocky Woods Reservation on the right, and a trail to Fork Factory Brook Reservation on the left;
Turn right on route 109 West until you reach Medfield. There is more traffic here, but the shoulder is quite large and provides for a safe ride until you're off route 109
In Medfield center, turn right on North Street
At a fork, make sure you take left on Harding Street, which later becomes Junction Street
At the next intersection, turn left on Farm Street. You will soon ride between Chase Woodlands on the right and Peters Reservation on the left; there is a small sign and a parking lot for Chase on the right of the road half a mile after the intersection with Bridge Street; both reservations are worthwhile destinations for a long walk; Peters allows you to reach the banks of the Charles under tall pines
At an intersection with Springdale Street on the right (large meadow on the right), continue straight on Main Street (make sure you always go straight at the fork with Pleasant Street on the left about a mile down the road)
At the end of Main Street, turn right on Charles River Street and ride on the bridge over the Charles River; you will soon see Ridge Hill Reservation on the left; a large meadow with many shady areas, Ridge Hill is a great place for a final rest and snack stop before the end of the ride
When you reach Central Street, turn left to ride back to Claxton Field and your car.
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