Copicut - Quanapoag Connector

Total Miles
4.8

Elevation

80.64 ft

Duration

1 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Take a ride through the historically haunted Freetown State Forest with this easy off-road route. The route is on public roads and all vehicles running this trail must be road registered. Trail conditions can vary drastically based on how much rain has fallen, large frost heaves have caused mud holes and water crossings consistently along the route that are typically shallower than 12". Some large rocks exist that wouldn't be cleared by the average SUV or pickup, but they are avoidable. Most of the route can be run in 2WD, but there is a steep rocky hill climb on the Quanapoag section that usually requires 4WD to get up. Cell service is limited but the trail is well-traveled if you run into trouble. The surrounding area consists of popular hunting lands, hiking trails, and dirt bike/mountain bike trails. Caution must be taken where bikers and hikers cross the road. Beautiful views of the Copicut Reservoir exist just off of sections of the trail. The route is also popular with adventure & dual-sport motorcyclists, especially when considering the surrounding dirt bike trails. The route is not maintained in the winter, expect large ice chunks to form in the water crossings as well as deep snow possible.

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Copicut - Quanapoag Connector
Copicut - Quanapoag Connector

Difficulty

The route can be comfortably navigated in most stock SUVs and pickup trucks. 4WD or AWD is highly recommended, but most of the trail can be run comfortably in 2WD. Water crossings are typically less than 12" deep but can exceed that after a good rainfall. Any large rocks that would threaten a typical SUV or pickup truck can be avoided. A steep rocky hillclimb exists on the Quanapoag section of the route that will typically require 4WD or AWD to climb. This steep section can also change dramatically after a heavy rainfall due to wash.

History

The Trail runs directly through the Freetown State Forest which is rumored to be haunted and a part of the larger "Bridgewater Triangle". The Bridgewater Triangle is a large area of Southeastern Massachusetts that has had many accounts of paranormal activity over the years Including ghosts/spirits, and mythical creatures. The area is believed to be haunted primarily due to a Native American battle that took place there, as well as cult activity, and a number of gruesome crimes. The Copicut portion of this route is specifically rumored to be the home of a ghost named the Mad Trucker who appears at night behind drivers on the route and will attempt to run them off of the road. More information on the hauntings of the area can be found all over the internet.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

Jake Mackniak
Jul 06, 2024
2021 Toyota Tacoma
Open
Normal
Heather Jones
Jul 06, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
James Medeiros
Jun 06, 2024
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet
The usual for Copicut on a dry(ish) day. Still some pretty deep puddles that can make you nervous if you’re a newbie like me by yourself. But for the most part my stock 22 Bronco made it with zero concern.
Mike F
May 29, 2024
2023 Toyota Tacoma
Open
Muddy/Wet
Lots of puddles/pools of water, able to get thru it all with stock Tacoma

Access Description

The route can be approached in any direction, there are a number of other ways to enter the route part-way through as well. If you'd like to avoid climbing the steep rocky section of the Quanapoag portion of the route, you can approach from the East to drive it downhill or to skip the Quanapoag portion completely, approach the Copicut portion from the South.

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