Horseback Riding Trails in Massachusetts

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  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Bridle Trail

    Rail-Trail

    State: MA
    Length: 3 miles
    Surface: Dirt, Sand

    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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...