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Length
Surfaces
Type

Air Line State Park Trail

55.9 mi
State: CT
Gravel

Appel Way Trail

1.3 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Ashburnham Rail Trail

1.3 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Ashuelot Rail Trail

21.2 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

11.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Assabet River Rail Trail

8.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail-Trail

3.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Blackstone River Greenway (MA)

3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Bridge of Flowers

0.08 mi
State: MA
Gravel

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

6.8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Canalside Trail

3.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Center Trail

0.6 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

32.8 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail

0.21 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Cochituate Rail Trail

1.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Concrete

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Common Pathway

6.5 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Concord River Greenway

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway

5.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt
Accordion

Derry Rail Trail

3.5 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

East Branch Trail (VT)

5.1 mi
State: VT
Gravel

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

40 mi
State: CT
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel

Fort Hill Branch Rail-Trail

7 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Goffstown Rail Trail

5.5 mi
State: NH
Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Grand Trunk Trail

4.4 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Granite Town Rail-Trail

3 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Harrisville Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: NH
Dirt

Heritage Trail (Manchester)

0.9 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

7.8 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail

0.5 mi
State: VT
Dirt

Jonathan Daniels Trail

0.9 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone

Keene Industrial Heritage Trail

1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Londonderry Rail Trail

3.1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Lowell Canal System Trails

1.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Concrete

Manhan Rail Trail

9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Mason Railroad Trail

6.7 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Gravel, Sand

Mass Central Rail Trail

31.9 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Minuteman Bikeway

9.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail

7.2 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Gravel

Nashua Canal Trail (Mine Falls Park)

6.05 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Nashua Heritage Rail-Trail

1.3 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Nashua River Rail Trail

12.3 mi
State: MA, NH
Asphalt

New Boston Rail Trail

3.9 mi
State: NH
Dirt

North Central Pathway

11.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Piscataquog Trail

2.1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Putnam River Trail

2 mi
State: CT
Asphalt

Redstone Rail Trail

1.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Reformatory Branch Trail

4.5 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

26.5 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

South Manchester Rail Trail

0.89 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

South Spencer Rail Trail

1.62 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

21 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Southwick Rail Trail

7.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Toonerville Rail-Trail

3.1 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

Upper Charles Trail

11 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Valley Trail

9.1 mi
State: VT
Asphalt

Ware River Rail-Trail

12 mi
State: MA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

West River Trail

16 mi
State: VT
Gravel, Sand

Westville Lake Community Trail

0.7 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Air Line State Park Trail winds for just over 55 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...
CT 55.9 mi Gravel
Appel Way Trail offers a paved route of about a mile through woodlands on the north end of Keene. Most notably, it offers a connection between Wheelock Park on the trail's west end and Ashuelot River...
NH 1.3 mi Asphalt
More than a mile of the Ashburnham Rail Trail opened in 2015 from a point just south of Ashburnham's center to Turnpike Road. The rustic route, planned to be paved in the future, offers a...
MA 1.3 mi Dirt
Given its covered bridges, historical aura and abundant wildlife, the Ashuelot Rail Trail (also known as the Ashuelot River Trail) has plenty to offer. The 21.2-mile route follows the corridor of the...
NH 21.2 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt
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...
MA 11.2 mi Asphalt
The Assabet River Rail Trail provides a forested escape from the surrounding urban bustle. Traveling 8.6 miles (with plans to expand it) the trail connects the towns of Hudson and Marlborough and...
MA 8.6 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 3.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Blackstone River Greenway (previously known as the Blackstone River Bikeway) is a 3-mile trail that represents the first open segment of the Massachusetts portion of a pathway that will eventually...
MA 3 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 3.5 mi Dirt
The Bridge of Flowers is a 400-foot-long former trolley line bridge that has been converted into a garden pathway. Open from April 1 to October 31, the bridge spans the Deerfield River between...
MA 0.08 mi Gravel
The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail follows the route of the former Framingham and Lowell Railroad. It begins at the Lowell/Chelmsford city line, about 30 miles northwest of Boston, near Cross Point, a major...
MA 6.8 mi Asphalt
Canalside Trail begins at McClelland Farm Road and heads north on the former NYNH&H Railroad, crossing the Connecticut River near its confluence with Deerfield River. Approximately a half mile north...
MA 3.3 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 0.6 mi Crushed Stone
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...
NH 32.8 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
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...
MA 0.21 mi Asphalt
The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) is a developing, multi-use trail that will run from the Village of Saxonville in Framingham to Natick Center, a distance of 4 miles. Currently, its northernmost mile in...
MA 1.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Columbia Greenway Rail Trail offers 2 miles of paved, tree-lined pathway through Westfield in southwestern Massachusetts, from Main st, across the Great River Bridge over the Little River to the...
MA 2 mi Asphalt
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...
NH 6.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The health and fortunes of Lowell have been intimately tied to the Concord River for hundreds of years. This tributary of the more well-known Merrimack River continues to be at the heart of the local...
MA 2 mi 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...
MA 5.4 mi Asphalt
Accordion
Stretching 3.5 paved 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...
NH 3.5 mi Asphalt
The East Branch Trail is a 5-mile ungroomed, backcountry pathway built on a former logging railroad bed in southern Vermont's Windham County. The remote, heavily wooded trail lies just north of the...
VT 5.1 mi Gravel
Running north from the Yale University campus in New Haven through the heart of Connecticut, the multi-use Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, when completed will stretch uninterrupted more than 80 miles...
CT 40 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Grass, Gravel
At the southern end of the trail a large parking lot at Dole Junction is maintained by the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails. This parking lot also serves as the southern terminus of the Ashuelot Rail...
NH 7 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Goffstown Rail Trail is open, but still in development. About half of the Goffstown Rail Trail has hard packed gravel surface. Goffstown Rail Trail stretches just over 5 miles in length. A bridge...
NH 5.5 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
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...
MA 4.4 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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...
NH 3 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
The Harrisville Rail Trail runs for just under two miles between the outskirts of Harrisville and Hancock in rural New Hampshire. The former railroad bed is located on lands conserved by the Harris...
NH 1.6 mi Dirt
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...
NH 0.9 mi Asphalt
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...
NH 7.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Although short, the Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail provides an enjoyable journey through peaceful woodlands on Wilmington's west end. As you might guess, the rail-trail gets its name from the former...
VT 0.5 mi Dirt
Jonathan Daniels Trail travels the length of Ashuelot River Park through Keene. Along the stone-dust trail, you can enjoy the park’s beautiful natural backdrop and flower garden. The trail was named...
NH 0.9 mi Crushed Stone
The Keene Industrial Trail links the county's Cheshire Rail-Trail in the city of Keene. The paved path is a 1-mile segment through downtown Keene, which passes among some of the city's old mill...
NH 1 mi Asphalt
The 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. As of December...
NH 3.1 mi Asphalt
Lowell's Canal System 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...
MA 1.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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...
MA 9 mi Asphalt
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...
NH 6.7 mi Ballast, Gravel, Sand
A 104-mile rail line was shattered by hurricane in 1938. Today, the corridor is being developed as the Mass Central Rail Trail to be enjoyed by bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and cross-country skiers....
MA 31.9 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Stretching east from Northampton, the 10-mile Norwottuck Branch of the Mass Central Rail Trail connects the towns of Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst. Part of the Connecticut River Greenway State...
MA 10 mi Asphalt
You won't get lonely on the Minuteman Bikeway. The nearly 10-mile rail-trail through suburban Boston is one of New England's most popular trails. Warm summer weekends in particular bring folks of all...
MA 9.7 mi Asphalt
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...
NH 7.2 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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...
NH 6.05 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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...
NH 1.3 mi 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...
MA, NH 12.3 mi Asphalt
The New Boston Rail Trail follows the old railroad line of the same name, running along the Piscataquog River between the Hillsborough County Youth Center in New Boston and Route 114, about 4 miles to...
NH 3.9 mi Dirt
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...
MA 11.4 mi 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....
MA 4.9 mi Asphalt
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...
NH 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Putnam River Trail extends between Arch Street in the Putnam District and Providence Street to the south. The trail follows the east bank of the Quinebaug River between the river and Kennedy...
CT 2 mi Asphalt
The Redstone Rail Trail is built on the former New York, New Haven & Hartford Armory Branch, which in turn is a former branch line of the New York & New England RR. Its name comes from the numerous...
MA 1.4 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 4.5 mi Dirt
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...
NH 26.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
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...
NH 0.89 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 1.62 mi 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...
MA 21 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
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...
MA 7.1 mi Asphalt
The Toonerville Rail-Trail (a.k.a. Springfield Greenway) spans 3 meticulously maintained miles from the downtown business district of Springfield southeast to the western bank of the Connecticut River...
VT 3.1 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 11 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The scenic Valley Trail spans 9 miles connecting Dover and Wilmington in southern Vermont along the Green Mountain National Forest. It provides a critical off-road pathway for bypassing Route 100....
VT 9.1 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 12 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Following the floodplain of the West River Valley, the 16-mile West River Trail (a.k.a. Railroad Bed Trail) appeals to a wide range of trail users. The rail-trail has a nearly level surface, ideal for...
VT 16 mi Gravel, Sand
The Westville Lake Community Trail offers a short, scenic excursion along the east bank of Westville Lake in Southbridge. Much of the crushed-stone pathway is under a lush tree canopy. Along the way,...
MA 0.7 mi Crushed Stone
Note: Per the State of Connecticut's website, the trail is open from dawn to dusk March 1–November 30. The 4.5-mile Windsor Locks Canal Trail follows the Connecticut River and the Windsor Locks...
CT 4.5 mi Asphalt

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Westville Lake Community Trail

MA - 0.7 miles

The Westville Lake Community Trail offers a short, scenic excursion along the east bank of Westville Lake in Southbridge. Much of the crushed-stone pathway is under a lush tree canopy. Along the way,...

Granite Town Rail-Trail

NH - 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...

Keene Industrial Heritage Trail

NH - 1 miles

The Keene Industrial Trail links the county's Cheshire Rail-Trail in the city of Keene. The paved path is a 1-mile segment through downtown Keene, which passes among some of the city's old mill...

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

MA - 11.2 miles

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...

Accordion

North Central Pathway

MA - 11.4 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...

Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

CT - 4.5 miles

Note: Per the State of Connecticut's website, the trail is open from dawn to dusk March 1–November 30. The 4.5-mile Windsor Locks Canal Trail follows the Connecticut River and the Windsor Locks...

Concord River Greenway

MA - 2 miles

The health and fortunes of Lowell have been intimately tied to the Concord River for hundreds of years. This tributary of the more well-known Merrimack River continues to be at the heart of the local...

Putnam River Trail

CT - 2 miles

The Putnam River Trail extends between Arch Street in the Putnam District and Providence Street to the south. The trail follows the east bank of the Quinebaug River between the river and Kennedy...

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

CT - 40 miles

Running north from the Yale University campus in New Haven through the heart of Connecticut, the multi-use Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, when completed will stretch uninterrupted more than 80 miles...

Fort Hill Branch Rail-Trail

NH - 7 miles

At the southern end of the trail a large parking lot at Dole Junction is maintained by the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails. This parking lot also serves as the southern terminus of the Ashuelot Rail...

Harrisville Rail Trail

NH - 1.6 miles

The Harrisville Rail Trail runs for just under two miles between the outskirts of Harrisville and Hancock in rural New Hampshire. The former railroad bed is located on lands conserved by the Harris...

Derry Rail Trail

NH - 3.5 miles

Stretching 3.5 paved 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...

Southwick Rail Trail

MA - 7.1 miles

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...

Norwottuck Rail-Trail (Francis P. Ryan Section)

MA - 4.9 miles

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....

Manhan Rail Trail

MA - 9 miles

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...

Redstone Rail Trail

MA - 1.4 miles

The Redstone Rail Trail is built on the former New York, New Haven & Hartford Armory Branch, which in turn is a former branch line of the New York & New England RR. Its name comes from the numerous...

Assabet River Rail Trail

MA - 8.6 miles

The Assabet River Rail Trail provides a forested escape from the surrounding urban bustle. Traveling 8.6 miles (with plans to expand it) the trail connects the towns of Hudson and Marlborough and...

Cochituate Rail Trail

MA - 1.1 miles

The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) is a developing, multi-use trail that will run from the Village of Saxonville in Framingham to Natick Center, a distance of 4 miles. Currently, its northernmost mile in...

Piscataquog Trail

NH - 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...

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

NH - 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...

Londonderry Rail Trail

NH - 3.1 miles

The 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. As of December...

Heritage Trail (Manchester)

NH - 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...

Southwick Rail Trail

MA - 7.1 miles

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...

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

MA - 6.8 miles

The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail follows the route of the former Framingham and Lowell Railroad. It begins at the Lowell/Chelmsford city line, about 30 miles northwest of Boston, near Cross Point, a major...

Accordion

Center Trail

MA - 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...

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

NH - 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...

South Spencer Rail Trail

MA - 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...

Mason Railroad Trail

NH - 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...

Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail

MA - 0.21 miles

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...

Toonerville Rail-Trail

VT - 3.1 miles

The Toonerville Rail-Trail (a.k.a. Springfield Greenway) spans 3 meticulously maintained miles from the downtown business district of Springfield southeast to the western bank of the Connecticut River...

Ware River Rail-Trail

MA - 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...

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park Trail

MA - 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...

Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

CT - 4.5 miles

Note: Per the State of Connecticut's website, the trail is open from dawn to dusk March 1–November 30. The 4.5-mile Windsor Locks Canal Trail follows the Connecticut River and the Windsor Locks...

Goffstown Rail Trail

NH - 5.5 miles

The Goffstown Rail Trail is open, but still in development. About half of the Goffstown Rail Trail has hard packed gravel surface. Goffstown Rail Trail stretches just over 5 miles in length. A bridge...

Canalside Trail

MA - 3.3 miles

Canalside Trail begins at McClelland Farm Road and heads north on the former NYNH&H Railroad, crossing the Connecticut River near its confluence with Deerfield River. Approximately a half mile north...

Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail-Trail

MA - 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...

Assabet River Rail Trail

MA - 8.6 miles

The Assabet River Rail Trail provides a forested escape from the surrounding urban bustle. Traveling 8.6 miles (with plans to expand it) the trail connects the towns of Hudson and Marlborough and...

Reformatory Branch Trail

MA - 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...

West River Trail

VT - 16 miles

Following the floodplain of the West River Valley, the 16-mile West River Trail (a.k.a. Railroad Bed Trail) appeals to a wide range of trail users. The rail-trail has a nearly level surface, ideal for...

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

NH - 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...

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park Trail

MA - 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...

Common Pathway

NH - 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...

Valley Trail

VT - 9.1 miles

The scenic Valley Trail spans 9 miles connecting Dover and Wilmington in southern Vermont along the Green Mountain National Forest. It provides a critical off-road pathway for bypassing Route 100....

Nashua Heritage Rail-Trail

NH - 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...

Accordion

Blackstone River Greenway (MA)

MA - 3 miles

The Blackstone River Greenway (previously known as the Blackstone River Bikeway) is a 3-mile trail that represents the first open segment of the Massachusetts portion of a pathway that will eventually...

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

NH - 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...

Air Line State Park Trail

CT - 55.9 miles

Air Line State Park Trail winds for just over 55 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...

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

CT - 40 miles

Running north from the Yale University campus in New Haven through the heart of Connecticut, the multi-use Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, when completed will stretch uninterrupted more than 80 miles...

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

NH - 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...

Ware River Rail-Trail

MA - 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...

Upper Charles Trail

MA - 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...

Southwick Rail Trail

MA - 7.1 miles

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...

Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail

CT - 4.5 miles

Note: Per the State of Connecticut's website, the trail is open from dawn to dusk March 1–November 30. The 4.5-mile Windsor Locks Canal Trail follows the Connecticut River and the Windsor Locks...

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

MA - 11.2 miles

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...

Piscataquog Trail

NH - 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...

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

MA - 2 miles

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail offers 2 miles of paved, tree-lined pathway through Westfield in southwestern Massachusetts, from Main st, across the Great River Bridge over the Little River to the...

Appel Way Trail

NH - 1.3 miles

Appel Way Trail offers a paved route of about a mile through woodlands on the north end of Keene. Most notably, it offers a connection between Wheelock Park on the trail's west end and Ashuelot River...

Mass Central Rail Trail

MA - 31.9 miles

A 104-mile rail line was shattered by hurricane in 1938. Today, the corridor is being developed as the Mass Central Rail Trail to be enjoyed by bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and cross-country skiers....

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

MA - 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...

Center Trail

MA - 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...

Recent Trail Reviews

Air Line State Park Trail

Airline Trail - South

November, 2017 by CW4

A note to everyone: The 1 mile section of the Airline Trail From Route 149 in Colchester to the Blackledge River bridge is now resurfaced. The trail is now finished from Alden's Crossing in East Hampton to South Brook Road in Hampton, where a 3.5 mile stretch of rough gravel slows you down, before the trail finishes in Promfret Station at Route 169. Get out and ride!!

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail, New Haven Ct to Massachussettes

November, 2017 by peasenh

My wife and I rode the trail in five segments, each approximately 20 miles each. My wife rode her 3-wheeled recumbent and I my Mt Bike. The trail is very level and has only a very few hills. Due to Autumn leaves and the wonderful foliage along the entire route, there was a considerable amount of leaves and other debris on the trail. In Cheshire and Hamden, the Parks and Recreation Dept personnel were cleaning and maintaining the trail every day we were there. The trail is well used by all, the surface is almost completely asphalt; unfortunately, rest room facilities are somewhat lacking...be sure to plan accordingly and take advantage when the occasion arises. WE LOVED THE RIDES!!

Nashua River Rail Trail

Beautiful trail

October, 2017 by grubb.stephanie

This is a great trail to get a few miles in on a bike. The trail is flat and well maintained. There are plenty of pretty spots along the way for taking breaks.

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Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

New Haven Ct. to Southwick MA

October, 2017 by peasenh

We completed the ride during 5 different segments during Autumn 2017 and each ride approx. 20 miles. Hands down the Cheshire and Hamden segments were best maintained in terms of leaves/branches/acorns/etc being cleared from trail. Each time we rode those two city segments we saw city parks and recreation employees working on the trail and/or performing nearby grounds maintenance; BIG ATTA-BOY to those 2 towns. Our last segmented ride was Simsbury to Southwick MA; the trail was covered in leaves in most areas but didn't limit our travel. Of all the miles we rode, there was only one rest room facility (Cheshire), the remainder of the ride had portalets (pretty clean). We HIGHLY recommend this trail. Southington and Plainville are very near completing their final designs to make the trail complete.

Assabet River Rail Trail

Excellent New Northern Portion

October, 2017 by whpetri

We very much enjoyed riding the almost completed northern potion of the the ARRT. Except for a short,maybe, 400 foot section near Summer Street and Rt. 27, the whole length is usable when construction is not occurring.
You can add on an additional almost 2 miles from the southern end of this new section and ride on gravel to Sudbury Road near Honey Pot Hill Orchards.

Mason Railroad Trail

Autumn Trail Ride

October, 2017 by ryoung_tl

10/27/2017
Easy to locate by following directions on the trail page.
Park on Rt 23, Mason Rd.- dirt lot on the left. It is a half mi to trailhead on Morse Rd. The orange barrier is about 100 yards in from the road on the left, so if the leaves have not yet fallen, it may be difficult to see, but it should be rather obvious that the trail is there. A very short section also goes further south towards Townsend.
10.4 miles to the Mason Village depot. Average grade 2.8% going northbound. Therefore, you are going up hill, but you hardly notice. The road surface of crushed gravel, as a base, is very flat. With each crossing of a motor vehicle roadway, there are barriers and signs to warn you.
The trail is in excellent shape with some water across the trail, probably collecting in depressions caused by ATVs. This occurs beyond Pratt Pond at the top of the hook, but not so difficult that one cannot get around them. It was probably more obvious due to severe rain over the past 48 hrs.
Nice vistas and scenery along the way. At approximately 4 miles from the trailhead, there is a granite quarry loop on the left. I did not take it, so can offer no report.
At the end of the trail (9 miles), you will encounter a barricade that marks the intersection with Rt. 31. You should walk down to the highway and then you can ride on Rt 31 (take a left) to reach Old Wilton Road on your right. There is a bridge to cross. It is one more mile to the old depot in the center of town. Be careful on Rt. 31. Large trucks go very fast.
This trail is historically significant in that Henry David Thoreau, on September 6, 1852, rode this line (Peterboro’ & Shirley Railroad) from Ayer (Groton Junction at the time) [after riding the Fitchburg line from Concord to Ayer]. Reaching Mason Village (Greenville), he walked to Peterborough, stayed the night and continued on to the summit of Grand Monadnock, on foot. Later in the day, he descended to Troy, NH, and returned the same day to Concord, via the Cheshire RR, and, at Fitchburg, the Fitchburg RR.

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

Bennington rail trail

October, 2017 by k8sl

Abominable surface, where you can pass, is very narrow and obstructed. A real waste of time and a disappointment.

Hillsborough Recreational Rail Trail

bennington rail trail

October, 2017 by k8sl

Terrible for bikes. Lots of dead fall, trash and railroad ties. 1/2 mile from "trailhead" there is a huge locked gate (chain link) which means you back track and ride through town to get to the other side of the river

Cheshire Rail Trail (Cheshire Branch Rail Trail)

Nice ride in the fall

October, 2017 by albern36

Went from the southern end of the trail on the MA border to Troy. The trail seems to be in better shape than some of the other reviewers experienced. There are some roots, loose gravel, rocks, but nothing that any decent mountain bike can't handle. I wouldn't take a hybrid on this trail and forget about a street bike. The view of Monadnock from the Rockwood Pond was stunning and like a postcard with the changing color of the leaves. As far as finding the trail head, that one is easy. Set your GPS to McCallister Road, Fitzwilliam and you can't miss it. You can see the gate and a sign that directs you to the start of the trail. I will continue on the trail from Troy and write a second review.

Assabet River Rail Trail

Extension underway

October, 2017 by tmileslong

As a Hudson resident this is my home course from Hudson to Marlboro and back. I extend it by riding through downtown Marlborough and picking up route 85, bike friendly width, to Southboro. They are extending the trail to Acton now, with sections paved. From Hudson trailhead, follow 62 north to Sudbury road, past Honey Pot Orchards. Cross Assabet river and gated dirt rd on left, turns to crushed stone after a mile, and paved at White pond rd crossing to Maynard. Ends on 27 towards Acton, and picks up again down 27 on your left. too many unfinished sections to get any speed going, but will be great when finished.

Air Line State Park Trail

Airline Rail Trail South to North

October, 2017 by tbundy_tl

Incredible ride but recommend a hybrid bike. Otherwise I will be back to do this one again and again!!!

Ashuelot Rail Trail

Not for road, hybrid, cyclocross!

October, 2017 by truedoc

Very much disappointed. From Keen, I both tried for this trail and Cheshire trail, too. Compared to other trails in other states, these two rails are both so poor in views and surface conditions except first 5 miles. Only good for MTB!

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