Blue Loop

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Blue Loop is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Stow, Massachusetts that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

1.8 miles
68 feet

kid friendly


cross country skiing


mountain biking


trail running




wild flowers




no dogs

From 495: Take exit 27 and go East on 117 towards Stow and Maynard. Go 5.6 miles and take a right onto Bradley Ln (directly across from Deerfield Ln that is on your left). If you have reached a shopping plaza with a Shaws in it, you have gone too far. Take Bradley Ln until it ends in a parking area.

10 months ago

Went here on my fat bike and had a lot of fun. The trails are wide with just enough hills and curves to make things interesting. If you're on a bike, avoid the hill roughly in the center of the woods because it's extremely rocky. Bug spray is recommended due to the surrounding bogs and creeks. If you're a trail biker in Massachusetts this is the place to be. You'll enjoy these trails if you're a hiker as well.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

We love bringing our off leash dog here for a good walk!

trail running
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

I live just behind the woods and run it at least twice a week. If you stick to the outer loop it could be as long as about 3.5 miles. Good enough to keep me fit. Trails are well maintained, fallen trees are removed fairly in time. In my active hours which is late afternoon, normally there are not a lot of people, sometime I even feel I am alone.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I live in Stow and this is my favorite mountain biking trail. It's relatively flat and wide, but there are several single tracks throughout. I typically start on the Blue trail and explore. Gardner Hill is a pretty difficult climb and there are a few sections with some tight turns on the south side near the Assabet River. I've been there about a dozen times and I don't think I've seen all the connecting trails yet. This is a fun one to explore. I've seen some great wildlife out here as well. Snakes, foxes, owls and deer. I've also hiked this with my 2 older daughters and it was really enjoyable...pretty kid friendly, but bring bug spray in the summer.

mountain biking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Had a blast mountain biking and would definitely recommend. The only problem is that the trails aren't very clearly marked, so you will have to do some looking around to make sure you are on the right trail.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

I live nearby. Be cautioned that trail markers (like many in Mass) seem to be made for those who know their way, not those who don't. The skiing is wonderful with the right snow...but know where you're going before you head out. It's a great bike trail in the summer.. But dogs are NOT allowed on the trail. It's an Audubon sanctuary, and they try to keep it safe for the migrating wildlife (versus dogs).

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Great spot if you are in the Stow area and want to get outside without having to travel. The trail system is well maintained and the main trails are well marked. Side trails dead end to marked private property but off a way to extend your day. some os the ones off the blue trail look like favorites os mountain bikers.

I went on a sunny, warm Sunday from late morning until early afternoon and it wasn't crowded. Most walkers did have dogs, some leashed and some not. This is a good place for running as the footing is generally pretty good and there are some places for hill sprints. As the previous poster said, the main trails are wide and level, which is good for children and those who prefer a walk to a hike. The trail along the river is especially nice, and this network would be very enjoyable when the leaves have turned a little later in the fall. I plan to try cross country skiing here and will post this winter. For trail maps see the link and look under Gardner Hill. Have fun :)

Friday, May 02, 2014

This is an amazing trail system. My husband, our 2 dogs and myself did a 5 mile hike around this area. The trails are really nice and well marked. Plenty of water for the dogs to cool off in. Will definitely go back for another hike soon.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The trail system is really nice. Well maintained and lots of options to make the trip as long or as short as you want to. There's a nice hill in the middle that is nice to hike to the top of.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Most of the area is level terrain unless you want to go up the hill in the middle. I'd say that if you do a loop to the river and back to the trailhead it's about 3 or 4 miles. It's not 10 unless you try hitting every trail in the area or do the outside loop twice.
Well marked trails. Nice area to go for a walk.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Stow Town Forest is also referred to as Gardner Hill Conservation Area. I would also put birding as a secondary activity. It would have been primary had this been from Spring through Autumn that I had visited this locale. Stow Town. It being the "dead" of winter, birds were far and few between. But it does some like a worthy area for owls, nuthatches, creepers, various woodpeckers and a variety of woodland passerines once the Spring migration is under way. Anyhow, the trails are quite easy. I stuck to the 'Blue Loop' that covers most of the conservation area. The trails are wide, well-marked and at critical junctures there is a small kiosk with a trail map to help orient yourself, as there are several private trails that veer off as well. Dogs are allowed here, and if there are leash laws, they are not enforced nor well-marked. There are a few low-lying areas that could see flooding near the wetlands, and there is some access to the Assabet River as well on the south side of the Town Forest.

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mountain biking
Tuesday, June 17, 2014