Winnekenni Castle Park Conservation Area Mountain Bike Trail Review with Map and Pictures
Review by Zen - Thanks buckets
|Directions - From rte 495, take exit exit
52 (rte 110, Merrimac/Haverhill). Head towards Haverhill. The main park
entrance is about 1.3 mile on the left, just past the reservoir. You can
also park in the lot at the head of the Merrill Trail, just over 1/2 a mile
on the left from the highway.
Winnekenni Park (the name comes from the Algonquin dialect, which means "very beautiful") is a hilly, city-owned conservation area of more than 700 acres. It contains three bodies of water: Kenoza Lake - the City of Haverhill drinking water supply (off limits) Winnekenni Basin - Fishing and skating allowed - no swimming Lake Saltonstall - full public access
There are two predominant hills in the park, with plenty of trails that go up, down, around them. There is only one trail connecting the two hills, a causeway over the water. There's enough stuff to keep the intermediate mountain bike happy for a few hours, but you'll need to back track across a few trails. I've managed to put together a big loop that takes me about 90 minutes to complete. The hills have some steep straight up/down trails, though they aren't very long. One path goes down a steep 45deg pitch for over 100 yards through a thick pine forest. There are a number of medium length single track trails, including the 'blue' trail which meanders up and down the side of the hill the castle is on and has three stone wall crossings. The Merrill trail is a fast gently rolling twisty singletrack trail on the east side of the lake. A real joy to take fast!
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