Bike Trails in Massachusetts

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  • Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Amesbury Riverwalk

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 11.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Nestled in the Hoosic River Valley, between Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountains in Berkshire County, the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail takes its name from a Native American word meaning "the pleasant river between the hills." Gorgeous views ...
  • Assabet River Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Blackstone River Greenway (MA)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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, ...
  • Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    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 ...
  • Bradford Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Bridge Street Bike Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 6.8 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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.
  • Canalside Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 3.27 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    This 3.27 mile trail starting at McClelland Farm Road and heading north on the old NYNH&H RR crosses the Connecticut River near the confluence of the Deerfield and the Connecticut Rivers. The river span here is reported to be one of the oldest ...
  • Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

    State: MA
    Length: 13.5 miles
    Surface:

    The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway is an access road for non-motorized use, except for Army Corps of Engineer vehicles as needed. The bikeway extends 8 miles along the canal between the Bourne and Sagamore bridges.
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 21.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail serves up a genuine Cape Cod experience, stretching through quaint villages and along sandy beaches past a diverse landscape of salt marshes, pine forests and cranberry bogs. The trail is paved, with few inclines, ...
  • Center Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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, ...
  • Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 0.21 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Chicopee Center Canal Walk offers a short pleasant route in Chicopee, a small city on the outskirts of Springfield in southern Massachusetts. The pathway closely follows the slow-moving canal and is lined with tall elm, maple and sycamore ...
  • Clipper City Rail Trail & Harborwalk

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Cochituate Rail Trail (Natick to Framingham)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 4 miles
    Surface:

    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 ...
  • Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Columbia Greenway Rail Trail currently offers 1.5 miles of paved, tree-lined pathway through Westfield in southwestern Massachusetts. When completed, the trail will stretch just over 3 miles from the Great River Bridge over the Westfield River ...
  • Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 5.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway, which will one day run 21 miles along the river, currently has two open segments. The longest stretches 3.7 miles from the Chicopee town line to the South End Bridge in Springfield. Unique features of ...
  • East Boston Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Emerald Necklace Greenway

    State: MA
    Length: 7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Hanover Branch Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 2.6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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.) ...
  • Independence Greenway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 8.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    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, ...
  • Little River Bike Path

    State: MA
    Length: 1.2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

    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 ...
  • Lowell Canal System Trails

    State: MA
    Length: 1.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Concrete

    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. ...
  • Manhan Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Manhan Rail Trail wends its way between Easthampton and Northampton, with a spur trail leading out The Oxbow near Mt. Tom. Easthampton is a typical New England factory town brimming with commerce and community, as well as historical and ...
  • Marblehead Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 4.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Gravel, Sand

    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 ...
  • Mattapoisett Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Mattapoisett Rail Trail is a work in progress. As of autumn 2011, it runs for just more than 1 mile between Reservation Road at Mattapoisett Harbor and the Phoenix Bike Trail in Fairhaven, joining the latter at Shaw Road. The trail occupies ...
  • Methuen Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 2.4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Minuteman Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Nashua River Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA, NH
    Length: 12.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Neponset River Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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, ...
  • North Central Pathway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 7.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Northern Strand Community Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 5.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Norwottuck Rail-Trail (Francis P. Ryan Section)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 4.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    In central Massachusetts, the Norwottuck Rail-Trail (formerly the Northampton Bikeway) runs between New South Street in Northampton and the neighborhood north of Look Memorial Park in Florence. Whether you start your trip from either trailhead ...
  • Norwottuck Rail-Trail (Mass Central Section)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 10 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Caution: As of July 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are working together to rehabilitate the Norwottuck Rail Trail from Northampton to Belchertown. The work will ...
  • Old Colony Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 7.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Old Colony Rail Trail offers a scenic recreational route through the charming towns of southeastern Cape Cod. The trail, which occupies an abandoned Old Colony Railroad corridor, stretches from downtown Chatham to a unique trail roundabout ...
  • Old Eastern Marsh Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Phoenix Bike Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 3.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Opened in 1999, the Phoenix Bike Trail packs a surprising diversity in its 3.5 miles, passing through woodlands, salt marshes, farms and commercial and residential areas. Tree-lined for much of its length, the rail-trail provides plenty of shade ...
  • Pine Tree Brook / Popes Pond Path

    State: MA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips

    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 ...
  • Quequechan River Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 0.68 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Fall River’s Quequechan River Rail Trail travels less than 1 mile along the northern shore of scenic South Watuppa Pond. The paved trail follows the old right-of-way of the Watuppa Secondary rail line. The trail, which opened in 2008, is ...
  • Redstone Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Redstone Rail Trail is built on the former Boston and Maine railroad, the dominate rail line in New England for more than a century. Its name comes from the numerous red sandstone quarries in the area that gave the town its industrial beginnings. On ...
  • Salem-Beverly Canal Path (Grand Wenham Canal Path)

    State: MA
    Length: 2 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    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 ...
  • Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 0.6 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Salisbury Point Ghost Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.8 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Salisbury Rail Trail Connector

    State: MA
    Length: 0.3 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Shining Sea Bikeway

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 10.7 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    Curling nearly 11 miles past woodlands, marshes, salt ponds and seascape, the Shining Sea Bikeway is the only bikeway on Cape Cod to skirt the shore. Also called the Shining Sea Bike Path, the paved trail extends from County Route 151 in Falmouth ...
  • South Spencer Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.62 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Southwest Corridor Park (Pierre Lallement Bike Path)

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 3.9 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...
  • Southwick Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 7.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    The Southwick Rail Trail is now complete from the Massachusetts–Connecticut state line, where it continues south as the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. On the north end, the trail extends to the Westfield town line and connects to the Columbia ...
  • Topsfield Linear Common and Wenham Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 4.9 miles
    Surface: Cinder, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Upper Charles Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 11 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Whitney Spur Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.6 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • World War II Veterans Memorial Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 1.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt

    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 ...