Cross Country Skiing Trails in Massachusetts

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  • 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 ...
  • Barker Road Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 0.9 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Grass

    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 ...
  • Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail-Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 3.1 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Danvers Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 5.1 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • Grand Trunk Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 4.4 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Gravel

    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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Jay McLaren Memorial Trail

    Rail-Trail

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

    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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 3.4 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Gravel, Sand

    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 ...
  • Mass Central Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 31.9 miles
    Surface: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 (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 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 ...
  • Reformatory Branch Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 4.5 miles
    Surface: Dirt

    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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Southern New England Trunkline Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 21 miles
    Surface: Ballast, Crushed Stone

    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 ...
  • 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 Rail Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 10.4 miles
    Surface: Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

    The Upper Charles Rail Trail will one day span 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 and ...
  • 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 ...