The Rockland Rail Trail runs for a little more than 2 miles through the village of Rockland. It follows an old corridor of what was once known as the Hanover Branch Line. The line was built in the 1860s by E. Y. Perry, a Hanover businessman who produced tacks. The railroad originally ran between Hanover Four Corners and North Abington before becoming part of the Old Colony Line in 1887. In the 1940s and '50s self-propelled cars for commuters ran on the tracks.
Trail managers hope to extend the rail-trail east through Abington and west through Hanover one day.
Parking and Trail Access
The town of Rockland is proposing to build a parking lot near the trail in the 600 block of Market Street. Until then, parking is available in town.
Rustic Trail, most suitable for walking, Mountain bike or Hybrid bike
The trail is a bit hard to find, because there are no signs or designated parking areas. My map showed an abandoned rail road, which gave a hint about what section of it might be usagle. If you go to the wrong place, you find the rails and ties are still ...