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Air Line State Park Trail

53.6 miles
Air Line State Park Trail winds for 53 miles from the northeast corner of Connecticut, where the state borders Massachusetts, down to East Hampton in the heart of the state. Over the state border, you can make a contiguous connection to the ...
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Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path

2 miles
Alewife Linear Park is a beautiful paved trail stretching 2 miles east from the Alewife T-station in Cambridge to Cedar Street in Somerville. The park came about after the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (the "T") put its Red Line ...
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Amesbury Riverwalk

1.3 miles
A lovely, albeit short, rail-trail in northeastern Massachusetts, the 1.3-mile Amesbury Riverwalk (a.k.a. Powwow Riverwalk) is the first completed section of the Coastal Trails Network, linking the four communities of Amesbury, Salisbury, Newbury ...
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Assabet River Rail-Trail

5.6 miles
The Assabet River Rail-Trail provides a forested escape from the surrounding urban bustle. Traveling 5.6 miles (with plans to expand it) the trail connects the towns of Hudson and Marlborough and parallels the scenic Assabet River. As of autumn ...
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Barker Road Trail

0.9 miles
Barker Road Trail begins on the town line between North Andover and Boxford in northern Massachusetts, not far from the New Hampshire border. From there, the pathway continues through dense woodlands and farm fields on a straight northeast course ...
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Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail-Trail

3.1 miles
The Bedford Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail shares its trailhead at Depot Park in Bedford with the Minuteman Bikeway and Reformatory Branch Trail. Serving mainly as a commuter route, this trail extends just over 3 miles north, past woods and residences ...
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Blackstone River Greenway (MA)

2.5 miles
The Blackstone River Greenway (previously known as the Blackstone River Bikeway) is a 2.5-mile trail that represents the first open segment of the Massachusetts portion of a pathway that will eventually link Worcester, Mass. with Providence, ...
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Blackstone River Greenway (RI)

11.8 miles
The Blackstone River Greenway (previously known as the Blackstone River Bikeway) represents a big undertaking in this tiny state: The 11.8-mile trail is the largest open segment on a nearly 50-mile corridor that will eventually connect Providence ...
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Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park Trail

3.5 miles
The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park recalls the role of canals in transporting raw materials and manufactured goods between emerging industrial centers. Walk along restored sections of the Blackstone River Canal and Towpath from ...
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Bradford Rail Trail

1.3 miles
The newly open Bradford Rail Trail occupies the former Pan Am rail lines, beautifying an area that once lay strewn with garbage and weeds. The city and numerous dedicated volunteers created the mile-long path for pedestrians, cyclists, joggers ...
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Bridge Street Bike Trail

1 miles
The Bridge Street Bike Trail begins near Curtis Park and travels south through downtown Salem, closely following the Bridge Street Bypass. The short trail runs through residential, retail and commercial areas, offering views of the North River ...
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Bridle Trail

3 miles
The abandoned rail bed is predominantly owned by the Town of Marshfield. Sections of the abandoned rail bed are open to the public and actively used for recreational uses such as walking, running, horse back riding, mountain biking and cross ...
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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

6.8 miles
Begins in Chelmsford at the Lowell/Chelmsford line, near Cross Point, passes through Chelmsford Center, and ends at Rt. 225 in Westford. This part of the trail covers a stretch of 6.8 miles.
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Burrillville Bike Path

1.2 miles
Burrillville Bike Path runs for just over a mile through its namesake rural community in northwest Rhode Island. It connects the villages of Pascoag and Harrisville through a corridor that once belonged to the York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. ...
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Center Trail

0.6 miles
The Center Trail runs for less than a mile from Hopkinton's downtown to its high school and middle school, providing a safe route to school for thousands of students. The wooded trail, which once suffered from a rough surface and poor drainage, ...
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Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

32.8 miles
The Cheshire Rail Trail stretches for nearly 33 miles between Route 12 near Bookseller Road and the New Hampshire–Massachusetts state line at Route 12. In Keene, the trail includes a beautiful stone arch bridge over the Ashuelot River. There ...
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Clipper City Rail Trail & Harborwalk

1.1 miles
The 1.1-mile, multi-use Clipper City Rail Trail and Harbor Walk connects the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail station and the Merrimack River near downtown Newburyport. Though short, the trail traverses a mix of ...
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Cochituate Rail Trail (Natick to Framingham)

4 miles
The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) is a proposed multi-use trail which will extend from the Village of Saxonville in Framingham to Natick Center, a distance of 4 miles. The Framingham section of trail has gone through its design phase. Construction ...

Common Pathway

6.5 miles
Common Pathway runs for nearly 7 miles from the south end of Peterborough north to Hancock. The trail is a combination of asphalt and gravel and follows an old railroad right-of-way along the Contoocook River. Begin the trail just south of ...
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Danvers Rail Trail

5.1 miles
Danvers Rail Trail follows the historic Newburyport Railroad that used to carry goods and passengers between Danvers and Boston in the late 1800s. The abandoned corridor extends just over 5 miles from Peabody north through the heart of Danvers ...
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Derry Rail Trail

3 miles
Stretching 3 miles north from Windham through woodlands to Derry, the Derry Rail Trail runs on the same former rail bed network on which the Rockingham Recreational Trail is built. This section of trail, which extends from the Windham Rail Trail, ...
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East Bay Bike Path

14 miles
Rhode Island's best-known rail-trail, the East Bay Bicycle Path, hugs the shores of Narragansett Bay, from Bristol in the south and north to India Point Park in Providence. The 14-mile paved path accommodates a wide variety of users. Markers ...
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East Boston Greenway

1.4 miles
The East Boston Greenway, a linear park made possible by the donation of a disused rail corridor by Conrail in 1997 and the ‘Big Dig’ project in later years, links Boston Harbor with new parks created as a result of the I-90 extension to Logan ...
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Emerald Necklace Greenway

7 miles
The jewels in Boston’s Emerald Necklace Greenway are its parks. The developing 7-mile greenway connects several cultural and recreational assets in the southwestern part of the city: Franklin Park Arnold Arboretum Jamaica Pond Olmsted ...
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Goffstown Rail Trail

5.5 miles
The Goffstown Rail Trail is in the early stages of development. There are some obstacles, such as missing bridges and potentially hazardous crossings of a state highway. Only a couple of small portions have been upgraded to the intended gravel ...
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Grand Trunk Trail

4.4 miles
Grand Trunk Trail is part of a larger trail network, the Titanic Rail Trail, which will stretch more than 60 miles through south-central Massachusetts and the northeastern corner of Connecticut along the former Southern New England Railroad. The ...
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Granite Town Rail-Trail

3 miles
Mile 0.0 - DPW Garage  Cross the bridge in the parking area, the trail starts behind the fence, crossing over Great Brook on a old dam. Mile 0.53 - After crossing Union St. you will come to a concrete span over Great Brook. Mile 0.66 ...
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Hanover Branch Rail Trail

2.6 miles
In the southeastern outskirts of Boston, the Hanover Branch Rail Trail connects the communities of Abington and Rockland. (Locally, the trail’s east and west halves are sometimes referred to as the Abington Rail Trail and the Rockland Rail Trail.) ...
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Heritage Trail (Manchester)

0.9 miles
The Heritage Trail is managed by the state of New Hampshire to provide access to recreational and historical attractions across the state. Eventually, the north-south route along the former Boston and Maine Railroad corridor will stretch more ...
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Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

7.8 miles
Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail connects three communities in south-central New Hampshire: Hillsborough, Deering, and Bennington. The unpaved trail winds along the Contoocook River through rural and wooded landscapes for nearly 8 miles. ...
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Hooksett Rail Trail

1.75 miles
Hooksett Rail-Trail follows a portion of a right-of-way of the Portsmouth & Concord Railroad. This section of the railroad was abandoned in 1862, leaving behind an attractive corridor for the trail. The trail provides access to Heads Pond and ...
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Independence Greenway

8.1 miles
Independence Greenway offers 8 miles of trail in three disconnected segments through western Peabody. The rail-trail follows the abandoned Salem and Lowell Railroad and offers nice views. It passes by wetlands and ponds that are home to herons, ...
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Jay McLaren Memorial Trail

2 miles
Nestled in the woodlands on the northern end of Merrimac in the far northeastern corner of Massachusetts, lies the beautiful Jay McLaren Memorial Trail. The town, once known as West Amesbury, had a thriving industry of horse-drawn carriage shops. ...
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Little River Bike Path

1.2 miles
Although short, the scenic Little River Bike Path (also known as the Little River Nature Trail) travels through forests and pastures full of birds and wildlife. The asphalt pathway parallels the eastern side of the present-day Interstate 95 ...
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Londonderry Rail Trail

1 miles
Londonderry Rail Trail will one day stretch 6 miles across Londonderry from Derry to Manchester, New Hampshire's largest city, along the former Manchester and Lawrence Railroad. Currently, one mile is paved and open, offering beautiful woodland ...
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Lowell Canal System Trails

1.9 miles
Lowell's Canal Sytem Trails are part of Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, Massachusetts. The park preserves some of America's industrial past: its 19th-century textile mills formed the first large-scale planned industrial city in America. ...
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Marblehead Rail-Trail

4.1 miles
Shaped like a Y, this 4.1-mile rail-trail connects Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott. From the trail junction in quaint Marblehead, one branch meanders through conservation areas and past harbor overlooks to Salem, notorious for its 1692 witch ...
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Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area Trail

3.4 miles
The rail-trail through the Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area begins at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail station near downtown Newburyport, a coastal Massachusetts city northeast of Boston. On the other ...
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Mason Railroad Trail

6.7 miles
The Mason Railroad Trail runs for nearly 7 miles from near the New Hampshire–Massachusetts border (nr. Townsend, MA) to Greenville, NH. The trail follows a heavily wooded corridor through Russell State Forest and Coyne Wildlife Sanctuary. There's ...
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Mass Central Rail Trail

31.9 miles
A 104 mile rail line was shattered by hurricane in 1938. Now, more than 60 years later, dedicated volunteers in 33 communities are working to reconnect it. Instead of trains there will be cross-country skiers, bicyclists, hikers, and joggers. It ...
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Mattapoisett Rail Trail Extension

12 miles
From Narragansett Bay Wheelmen Bicycle Club website: Beginning in Fairhaven, which opened its initial 3.5-mile segment in November 1998, this rail-to-trail and on-road mix will provide bicycle (and equestrian) links between the three town ...

Methuen Rail Trail

2.4 miles
Methuen Rail Trail connects three communities in northeastern Massachusetts as it follows the route of the former Manchester and Lawrence Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad. The rail-trail's northern end begins in Salem at the state's ...
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Minuteman Bikeway

11 miles
You won't get lonely on the Minuteman Bikeway. The 11-mile rail-trail through suburban Boston is one of New England's most popular trails. Warm summer weekends in particular bring folks of all ages and abilities elbow to elbow along the asphalt ...
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Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail

7.2 miles
The scenic Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail travels for just over 7 miles from Webster Street in Jaffrey near the ball field to the New Hampshire–Massachusetts border. From Jaffrey to Rindge the trail is packed gravel, except for a paved section ...
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Nashua Canal Trail (Mine Falls Park)

6.05 miles
The Nashua Canal Trail is part of a series of loop trails in Mine Falls Park, Nashua. A total of 6 miles of trails wind along the canal and river in this beautiful, wooded park. Only 1.2 miles of trail are paved, while the rest are hard-packed ...
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Nashua Heritage Rail-Trail

1.3 miles
The Nashua Heritage Rail Trail begins adjacent to City Hall on Main Street in downtown Nashua. It is a short trail that takes you through one of the first neighborhoods that was planned and built in conjunction with the creation of the textile ...
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Nashua River Rail Trail

12.3 miles
The Nashua River Rail Trail is a beautiful and peaceful rural trail extending through the Massachusetts communities of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. The trail continues into New Hampshire just south of the town of Nashua. In autumn ...
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Neponset River Bike Trail

2.5 miles
Over its short distance, this trail goes from urban wilderness through a mill village and a salt marsh to beaches on Boston Harbor. In the future it will connect the several-thousand-acre Blue Hills Reservation to the John F. Kennedy Library, ...
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New Boston Rail Trail

4.5 miles
The 4 ½ mile New Boston Rail Trail is an enticingly beautiful former Boston & Maine rail line running from approximately route 114 at the New Boston/Goffstown border to the center of New Boston. There it culminates at the Hillsborough County ...
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North Central Pathway

7.5 miles
The North Central Pathway will one day stretch 16 miles between the cities of Winchendon and Gardner in northern Massachusetts, primarily along a former railroad right-of-way. Three open sections currently offer nearly 5 miles of paved, off-road ...
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Northern Strand Community Trail

5.6 miles
As of late 2013, nearly 6 miles of the Northern Strand Community Trail in Massachusetts are open to the public, although this includes two disjointed segments. The longer segment, which opened in 2012, runs west from the intersection of Beach ...
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Old Eastern Marsh Trail

1.4 miles
The Old Eastern Marsh Trail (a.k.a the Salisbury Rail Trail) runs for 1.4 miles between the north bank of the Merrimack River and Mudnock Road in Salisbury. The beautifully landscaped trail was built in 2009 and adds to an already impressive ...
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Peanut Trail

1.5 miles
The Peanut Trial is a distinct trail in the town of Newton that spans one-mile. This rail-trail runs on the same corridor as the Jay McLaren Memorial Trail. However, due to a controversial lawsuit by land owners, this segment is separate and ...
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Pine Tree Brook / Popes Pond Path

2 miles
The Pine Tree Brook Trail travels alongside the brook in Milton, Massachusetts. The path travels through woods and residential neighborhoods for a distance of about 1.8 miles, and it connects to the Milton High School, and almost to the Pierce ...
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Piscataquog Trail

2.1 miles
The Piscataquog Trail runs for 2 miles between the east bank of the Merrimack River and Pinard Street at Electric Street. On the east end, the trail begins near the New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball stadium along an abandoned right-of-way of ...
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Pisgah State Park Reservoir Trail

5 miles
Pisgah State Park includes over 13,300 acres of rough forested terrain, encompassing a complete watershed north of the Ashuelot River. Within the Cheshire County towns of Winchester, Chesterfield and Hinsdale, the park protects seven ponds (popular ...
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Quarries Footpath

1 miles
50 Quarries have operated in Quincy, "The Granite City", since 1826. This trail provides a short tour of the railway corridor where the stone was carried from the Quarries.
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Reformatory Branch Trail

4.5 miles
The rugged and beautiful Reformatory Branch Trail meanders more than 4 miles through three natural areas: Elm Brook Conservation Area, Mary Putnam Webber Wildlife Preserve, and Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. It is the perfect route ...
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Rockingham Recreational Trail

26.5 miles
New Hampshire's largest city, Manchester, boasts relatively quick access to one of the state's longest rail-trails: the 26.5-mile Rockingham Recreational Trail (a.k.a. Portsmouth Branch). The rustic trail is rich in railroad structures left ...
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Salem Bike-Ped Corridor

0.15 miles
When complete, the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor will run for more than 5 miles on a former Boston and Maine Railroad corridor from connections with the Windham Rail Trail (north) and Methuen Rail Trail (south) in their respective towns. The completion ...
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Salem-Beverly Canal Path (Grand Wenham Canal Path)

2 miles
Although only a grassy, hard-packed dirt pathway, the route along the Salem-Beverly Canal (also known as the Grand Wenham Canal), is scenic and peaceful. The old canal, built in 1917, lies between two towns, Topsfield and Wenham, in northeastern ...
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Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trail

0.6 miles
Although less than a mile, the trail running through Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers lovely views of the beaches off the northeastern coast of Massachusetts, just a few miles south of the New Hampshire border. As the Merrimack River ...
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Salisbury Point Ghost Trail

1.8 miles
Currently 1.8 miles, the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail provides a peaceful walk or bike ride through the woods on a well-maintained stone-dust trail. The route is one part of the larger Coastal Trails Network of rail-trails linking the coastal ...
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Salisbury Rail Trail Connector

0.3 miles
The Salisbury Rail Trail Connector, also known as the Gillis Rail Trail Connector, is a 0.3-mile link between two rail-trails: Salisbury's Old Eastern Marsh Trail and Newburyport's Clipper City Rail Trail and Harborwalk. The paved 10-foot-wide ...
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South Manchester Rail Trail

0.89 miles
The South Manchester Rail Trail is a proposed bike/pedestrian path that would connect the downtown Millyard area of Manchester to the Town on Londonderry. The South Manchester Rail Trail will utilize the Right-of-Way (ROW) of the abandoned Boston ...
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South Spencer Rail Trail

1.62 miles
The South Spencer Rail Trail runs for less than 2 miles from downtown Spencer to an area south of town near Spencer State Forest. The path, which is also known as the Depot Trail, occupies a former spur line of the Boston and Albany Railroad ...
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Southern New England Trunkline Trail

21 miles
The Southern New England Trunk Line Trail (aka the "SNETT") was designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1994. It is built upon a segment of the former right-of-way of the New Haven Railroad's Midland Division, which operated between Boston ...
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Southwest Corridor Park (Pierre Lallement Bike Path)

3.9 miles
Southwest Corridor Park is a 4.7-mile linear park through the Boston neighborhoods of South End, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. A recreation and commuter route popular with walkers, runners, and cyclists, the park is a triumph of its surrounding ...
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Stillwater Scenic Walkway

1 miles
The Stillwater Scenic Walkway is a short trail that follows an old railroad bed between Capron Road and State Route 104 (Farnum Pike) south of Smithfield. The trail passes through a wooded area along the shore of Stillwater Pond and Capron Pond. ...
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Ten Mile River Greenway

3 miles
The Ten Mile River Greenway follows the winding course for 3 miles along the James Turner Reservoir (Ten Mile River). Though short, the trail is quite scenic and runs between the Kimberly Ann Rock ball fields in East Providence and the north ...
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Topsfield Linear Common and Wenham Rail-Trail

4.9 miles
The trail begins in the small town of Boxford, about 25 miles north of Boston. For just shy of 5 miles, the hard-packed gravel and stone dust pathway follows an abandoned rail bed through Topsfield, meandering across Route 1, over the Ipswich ...
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Trolley Trail (CT)

0.75 miles
The Trolley Trail runs through Plainfield and is a key link the East Coast Greenway. Plans are to use this trail as a link between the Moosup Valley State Park Trail and the Airline State Park Trail.
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Upper Charles Trail

11 miles
The Upper Charles Trail will one day span more than 20 miles, connecting the communities of Milford, Ashland, Hopkinton, Sherborn and Holliston along a former CSX rail bed. The trail is being developed in sections over two counties—Middlesex ...
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Ware River Rail-Trail

12 miles
This unpaved state-owned trail is open for public use from Coldbrook to Baldwinville. An on-road detour is necessary through the village of Baldwinville, but the right-of-way is open for public use on an informal basis from the outskirts of ...
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Washington Secondary Bike Path

18.9 miles
The Washington Secondary Bike Path actually comprises four trails along an old Hartford, Providence, & Fishkill Railroad corridor. Together, the Cranston Bike Path, Warwick Bike Path, West Warwick Greenway and Coventry Greenway create nearly ...
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Watertown Multi-Use Path

0.85 miles
This DCR project is under construction and follows a previous rail bed from School Street to Grove Street in Watertown. This portion should be completed in the spring of 2011. The DCR will extend this project to connect with the Alewife trail ...

Whitney Spur Rail Trail

1.6 miles
The Whitney Spur Rail Trail runs from just north of the MBTA’s Cohasset Station through dense woodlands to the edge of Wompatuck State Park. The corridor was originally a spur off the Old Colony Railroad’s Greenbush Line that served the Hingham ...
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Windham Rail Trail

4.1 miles
The Windham Rail-Trail occupies a scenic stretch of abandoned rail ( Manchester and Lawrence) between Range Road (at Rockingham Rd.) in Salem and Windham Road, about 4 miles to the northwest. At Windham Road, the trail becomes the Derry Rail ...
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Woonasquatucket River Greenway (Northwest Bike Trail)

5.2 miles
The Woonasquatucket River Greenway (a.k.a. the Northwest Bike Trail and the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway) is an important non-motorized transportation corridor and local recreation trail, linking Providence with Johnston. The ...
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World War II Veterans Memorial Trail

1.5 miles
The World War II Veterans Memorial Trail opened in Mansfield in 2004 after several decades of advocacy by local rail-trail supporters. The trail rests on an abandoned corridor once served by the Old Colony Railroad. During World War II, the ...
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