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Explore the best rated trails in Chelmsford, MA, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Northern Rail Trail and Common Pathway . With more than 116 trails covering 748 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Garrison Trail

DOGS NEED TO BE ON A LEASH

April, 2024 by inluvwsl

The trail itself is excellent. A great place for a leisurely walk, bike or skate between Newburyport and Amesbury with options to continue/connect to the rail trail for a longer trek. But while the trail is awesome, I don’t understand why people feel entitled to let their dogs roam off leash along the trail? This makes it not only uncomfortable for those walking, but dangerous for those biking or skating that don’t want to be chased by a dog, friendly or not, that can be the cause of an accident. It’s really not the dogs fault… it’s the owners ignorance and disrespect for anyone that shouldn’t have to alter what they are doing in order to be deal with your dog. If you want to walk your dog off leash, there are numerous other places nearby that can accommodate you.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Great for training half and full marathon

April, 2024 by trishle9

There’s tons of long stretches of trail that doesn’t require you to wait for pedestrians signals. And not many major intersections stops. Trail is mostly flat with a few rolling inclines and declines.

Boxford Rail Trail

Nice extension to the Topsfield/ Danvers trail

April, 2024 by antiquecaddy

This is a nice trail. It can be a bit hard to ride with road tires, much easier with a hybrid. You often run in to walkers, the people who use this trail are always friendly. It is a Part of the East Coast Greenway and a nice extension to the Topsfield / Danvers trail. I have run into "through riders" doing some part of the East Coast Greenway.

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Garrison Trail

Nice Trail

April, 2024 by dvcummingsii

We did the first two miles from Park n Ride in Newburyport up until the intersection in Salisbury before returning back for the two mile trek back. Crossing over the Merrimack River 95 Bridge was beautiful. Recommend for all bikers but especially first time riders as it’s a smooth ride.

Reformatory Branch Trail

Too muddy

April, 2024 by res3737

The trail has some muddy patches. Most of them are manageable, except there is one spot immediately west of the Route 62 crossing where you will sink in up to your ankle and there's really no way to get around it.

Blackstone River Greenway

We walked along the towpath section in Uxbridge and it was lovely. My daughter is in a wheelchair and it was doable, if not perfect. Park and enter from the Visitors' Center, and watch for the rocks and roots.

March, 2024 by wdncnu

We walked along the towpath section in Uxbridge and it was lovely. My daughter is in a wheelchair and it was doable, if not perfect. Park and enter from the Visitors' Center, and watch for the rocks and roots.

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

I went on this trail today it was a beautiful walk but very muddy

February, 2024 by rfurbish26

I went on this trail today it was a beautiful walk but very muddy

Danvers Rail Trail

Easily traveled on foot or bike

February, 2024 by ckldy529

One of our favorite trails! Several locations to hop on or off the trail, whether you’re looking for a short walk or a more lengthy adventure. The swamp walk shouldn’t be missed. Enjoy ambling along the boardwalk through the swamp where you may see beavers, turtles, snakes or a great blue heron or two. I recommend parking at Choate Farm and following the well-marked wooded path through the woods to the rail trail. Kids love it!

South Manchester Rail Trail

Nice trail

December, 2023 by andtun1

I live in the area & have walked my dog using the section from S. Beech to Gold Street for years. A new section from Gold to Perimeter Road is finally completed as well. I can't wait to try the new section in the summer when I can ride my bike or rollerblade.

Nashua River Rail Trail

Nashua River Rail Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

I traveled all the way from California with high expectations for this trail and I wasn't let down (except for the repairs being made on the damaged portion of the trail). It's all good. I made it work.

What an awesome trail for a mid October bike ride!
- The colors of the trees reflected upon the numerous ponds and lakes.
- The pleasant chirping and squawking of active birds.
- Leaves fluttering gently to the ground.
- A wide, smooth path carpeted in golden brown leaves.
- Historic buildings.
- Industrious squirrels.
- Old, historic stone walls.
- Deep, dark woods.
- Rolling, grass covered hills.
- Harvested pumpkins on a farm being sorted into bins.
- Goats, horses, and the friendliest trail users you could ever hope to cross paths with!

I took a leisurely four hours out and back and over 200 photos and video to capture my wonderful memories of this trail. Thank you Massachusetts and New Hampshire!

Air Line State Park Trail

Hard packed surface

October, 2023 by sbridges7272

We love biking the Airline and have used non electric hybrid bikes as well as e-bikes. Both work well. On 10/28/2023 we biked the section from Willimantic parking at the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum area and pedaled to Rt. 207 Lebanon Rd, Amston, CT. FYI, we're in our 60s and encountered no difficulties with the terrain.

Watertown-Cambridge Greenway

No Parking

October, 2023 by mpmcdonald_tl

Contrary to the symbol on the map, parking is NOT available at the Fresh Pond end, even on Sundays, unless you live in Cambridge, and even then, "Permit Required". I drove almost two hours to get there and back, and never got to walk it.

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