google maps (ma trails)
when I was a kid my dad used to take me offroading all the time
he knew some great spots for dunes and trails
but that was 30yrs ago and now all those places are gated and locked
Not sure how it's done but I know there is a way to set up a community google map where users can add locations too a private map
It'd be cool if someone where to start one up for open trails in MA
Cuz I have no clue where to go
normally I just drive the back roads around rutland/ barre, leominster/ fitchburg, all the way up to mt. monadnock/ S.NH, just get lost
but as far as choice off road spots, I really have no clue
anyone feel like starting up and moderating an MA trail map?
anyone at least know of some good spots in central ma?
To be honest there is a reason that many of those trails your father used to go on are now locked and gated. Those in true off roading clubs try to keep the few open trails that are left as little publicized as possible so idiots dont find out about them and they stay open and protected. If you are serious about off roading keep it legal and join a sanctioned club. Thats the only way we can keep what little land is left out here in New England open. There are tons of sanctioned clubs out there for you to join if you look around.
But to answer your question....No it is not a good idea to start putting out trail maps on the web.
I'm a bit antisocial
If I had the personality for it I would have joined a club yrs ago
(I've looked into it more then a few times)
I'm not looking to do anything illegal or damaging to the environment or some extreme offroading
but some nice logging roads or hunting trails, that I could do in peace with just myself and my wife, without worrying about getting stuck, and just enjoying the scenery; would be awesome
I'm not talking about tearing up the powerlines or any of that other junk that has New England putting up gates so jerks don't destroy the environment, I'm talking about putting together a map for sunday strolls
Still your best bet is to join a club.
:D I've been traveling the Northern Sierras for decades, even before Jackson Meadows Reservoir was formed-(Middle Fork Yuba River)
I have a bunch ot Topo 7-minute maps of the areas above truckee, but
Most of the Topo maps are reprints of 20/30 year old maps, whereas the modern GOOGLE MAPS (internet)are satelite prints from less than a year ago and I look for an area that I'm going to--ZOOM and print copys of that area, from a knownregistered road--
I just found out that google has now started using a (summer months) large trike, with video recording capabilities, insteasd of their white vans and they're going OFF-ROAD, I've seen new maps already in the Eastern Sierras-kewl
My wife and I drive the back roads in the same areas too. She can't walk easily so taking rides into wooded areas and all the back woods roads is the best way to get there for us. The regular public road conditions in our town are often worse than offroad trails, so the drive is similar to offroading. Yes, there are open trails and some unused public roads in North Central Mass. You have to look carefully for them as you drive by on the regular public roads. Check out older topo maps; they show all the jeep trails, public dirt roads and old RR grades. Most trails and logging roads around here require downed tree removal (Dec. 2008 ice storm). Haven't driven any of them yet; until I get a winch and know someone to go with.
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