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Length
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Arkwright Riverwalk

0.8 mi
State: RI
Dirt, Woodchips

Bay Colony Rail Trail

1.7 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Blackstone River Greenway

26.6 mi
State: MA, RI
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Bridle Trail

3 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Sand

Burrillville Bike Path

1.2 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

13.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Cape Cod Rail Trail

27.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

East Bay Bike Path

14.3 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Hanover Branch Rail Trail

2.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

JAYCEE Arboretum & Senator Roch Riverwalk

1.3 mi
State: RI
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

1.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Moosup Valley State Park Trail

5.8 mi
State: CT
Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Neponset River Greenway

8.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

New Bedford Covewalk

1.04 mi
State: MA
Concrete

New Bedford Harborwalk

1.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Norwell Pathway

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Old Colony Nature Pathway

1.6 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Sand

Old Colony Rail Trail

8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt
Accordion

Phenix-Harris Riverwalk

0.3 mi
State: RI
Dirt

Phoenix Bike Trail

4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Pine Tree Brook / Popes Pond Path

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips

Province Lands Bike Trail

7.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Quarries Foot Path

1 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Quonset Point Bike Path

2.5 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

1.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Concrete

Shining Sea Bikeway

10.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

South Bay Harbor Trail

3.8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Brick, Concrete

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

22 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Stillwater Scenic Walkway

1 mi
State: RI
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Ten Mile River Greenway

3 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Upper Charles Trail

13.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Upper Falls Greenway

1 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Warren Bike Path

0.9 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Washington Secondary Bike Path

19.2 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

West Warwick Riverwalk

0.4 mi
State: RI
Asphalt

Whitney Spur Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

William C. O'Neill Bike Path

7.2 mi
State: RI
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Alfred J. Lima Quequechan River Rail Trail, which was formally known simply as Quequechan River Rail Trail travels along the northern shore of scenic South Watuppa Pond.   The project created a...
MA 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Arkwright Riverwalk, founded on a former rail bed purchased from Penn Central Railroad, is located in Coventry, a rural central Rhode Island town that was built around textile mills. The one-mile...
RI 0.8 mi Dirt, Woodchips
The Bay Colony Rail Trail will one day span 7 miles connecting the Boston suburbs of Newton, Needham, Dover, and Medfield along tracks once used by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority. In May...
MA 1.7 mi Crushed Stone
Throughout history, the Blackstone River has been an important waterway, from its use by American Indians who fished its once-abundant salmon to its role as a major artery for the transportation of...
MA, RI 26.6 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Marshfield's Bridle Trail follows a former railroad bed through a tree-lined corridor. It begins at the town's Dandelion Park and heads north. Its compacted dirt surface is best suited for walking,...
MA 3 mi Dirt, Sand
Burrillville Bike Path runs for just over a mile through its namesake rural community in northwest Rhode Island. It connects the villages of Pascoag and Harrisville through a corridor that once...
RI 1.2 mi Asphalt
Though the idea for a Cape Cod Canal goes back to the settlers of Plymouth Colony, the waterway didn’t begin construction until 1909. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers took over operation and...
MA 13.9 mi Asphalt
Cape Cod’s briny seaports, sandy beaches, delectable seafood, and diverse landscape of salt marshes, pine forests, and cranberry bogs can all be experienced from the 27.5-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail....
MA 27.5 mi Asphalt
With spectacular maritime views and an abundance of coastal wildlife, the East Bay Bike Path offers a spectacular New England experience. Inducted into the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in 2009, the route...
RI 14.3 mi Asphalt
The Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway provides a valuable crosstown connector of nearly 7 miles from downtown Providence to the city’s western neighborhoods and the nearby town of Johnston....
RI 6.8 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 2.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Riverpoint Park sits nestled into a bend of the Pawtuxet River in West Warwick, Rhode Island. The park accommodates the 400-ft arboretum which leads to 1.3-mile riverside path known as the Senator...
RI 1.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Woodchips
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...
MA 1.1 mi Asphalt
This 5.8-mile trail is part of the planned East Coast Greenway, an off-road path that will eventually run from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida. The Moosup Valley State Park Trail will connect with...
CT 5.8 mi Ballast, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
The Neponset River Greenway is a south Boston jewel, utilizing the best in design and construction standards as it winds through the Neponset River valley, offering a low-stress, high-quality...
MA 8.2 mi Asphalt
The New Bedford Covewalk, like the HarborWalk further east, sits atop the hurricane barrier built to protect New Bedford residents from storm surges during extreme weather. Even when it's nice out...
MA 1.04 mi Concrete
The New Bedford Hurricane Barrier was built to protect New Bedford and nearby villages from storm surge during hurricanes, but also ended up cutting off residents from the water that lay just beyond...
MA 1.2 mi Asphalt
Norwell is a suburb about 30 minutes' drive south of Boston, Massachusetts. It is home to the Norwell Pathway, a 2-mile non-motorized trail that was constructed to give residents an alternative way to...
MA 2 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Old Colony Nature Pathway is a short trail open on a former Old Colony Railroad corridor in Provincetown, a picturesque vacation destination at the tip of Cape Cod. While a longer portion of the...
MA 1.6 mi Dirt, Sand
The Old Colony Rail Trail, named after the eponymous railroad line that operated in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, offers a serene journey through quiet Cape Cod beach towns. At 8 miles, the trail is...
MA 8 mi Asphalt
Accordion
The Phenix-Harris Riverwalk, a short trail built on a former rail bed purchased from Penn Central Railroad, connects West Warwick and Coventry, two towns on the outskirts of Providence. The dirt...
RI 0.3 mi Dirt
The Phoenix Bike Trail cruises through a mixture of surroundings on its relatively short 4-mile journey from the heart of the historical Fairhaven seaport to woodlands and farms on the outskirts of...
MA 4 mi Asphalt
The Pine Tree Brook Trail travels alongside the brook in Milton, Massachusetts. The path travels through woods and residential neighborhoods for a distance of about 1.8 miles, and it connects to the...
MA 2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips
Constructed in 1967, the Province Lands Bike Trail is the first bike trail ever built by the National Park Service. The trail, located at the northern tip of Cape Cod, features steep hills, sharp...
MA 7.7 mi Asphalt
The Quarries Foot Path offers a wooded 1-mile hiking route in western Quincy, about 10 miles south of Boston. Begin your adventure on the south side of Ricciuti Drive, which borders Quincy Quarries...
MA 1 mi Dirt
Quonset Point Bike Path is a fantastic two and a half mile trail. The Quonset Point Bike Path is a part of the beautiful town of North Kingstown.The Quonset Point Bike Path is paved and off road and...
RI 2.5 mi Asphalt
Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway may not be very long, but it's jam-packed with attractions. Along the paved pathway, you can access five parks, be wowed by public art, stop to smell the flowers in...
MA 1.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Shining Sea Bikeway follows the route of a former railroad line run by the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, which ran service to New York and Boston from 1872 to 1965. After the...
MA 10.7 mi Asphalt
The South Bay Harbor Trail connects several Boston neighborhoods—Lower Roxbury, the South End, Chinatown, and Fort Point Channel—to the Boston Harbor. The trail spans nearly 4 miles from Ruggles...
MA 3.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Brick, Concrete
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 22 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
The Southwest Corridor Park (Pierre Lallement Bike Path) knits together neighborhoods in southern Boston from the Back Bay to Jamaica Plain. Popular as a route for commuters as well as casual walkers,...
MA 4.1 mi Asphalt
The Stillwater Scenic Walkway is a short trail that follows an old railroad bed between Capron Road and State Route 104 (Farnum Pike) south of Smithfield. The trail passes through a wooded area along...
RI 1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Ten Mile River Greenway, named for the waterway it parallels and not its length, runs 3 miles through a serene and green corridor connecting the City of East Providence and Pawtucket. The southern end...
RI 3 mi Asphalt
The developing Upper Charles Trail will one day total 24 miles, linking the communities of Milford, Ashland, Sherborn, Holliston, Framingham, and Hopkinton along a former railroad bed. As of 2018,...
MA 13.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Upper Falls Greenway is a short rail-trail that cuts through the charming village of Newton Upper Falls in Newton, Massachusetts. The trail occupies the same former rail corridor as the developing...
MA 1 mi Crushed Stone
The pleasantly tree-lined Warren Bike Path, built along the former Warren-Fall River Railroad, runs just under a mile from Long Road west to the Kickemuit River. The trail ends in an 18-acre park...
RI 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Washington Secondary Bike Path offers just over 19 miles of paved trail from Cranston (Providence’s southwestern neighbor) to Coventry. The rail-trail, Rhode Island’s longest, follows the former...
RI 19.2 mi Asphalt
The West Warwick Riverwalk is located in a park just behind West Warwick High School and John F. Deering Middle School. The paved trail goes for about a mile north following the Pawtuxet River. A...
RI 0.4 mi Asphalt
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...
MA 1.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Imagine a wealthy 19th-century textile mill owner building an 8-mile railroad to get coal to his plant or products to market, and then adding accommodations to carry vacationers to beach resorts or...
RI 7.2 mi Asphalt
The World War II Veterans Memorial Trail opened in Mansfield in 2004 after several decades of advocacy by local rail-trail supporters. The trail rests on an abandoned corridor once served by the Old...
MA 1.5 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

Not worth doing in its entirety

May, 2020 by madisonegaudet

I started the trail with the hopes of finishing the entire thing by walking. The current construction on the Franklin portion of the trail made that very difficult to do. Furthermore, it is labeled decently enough through Franklin, portions of Bellingham and Blackstone, and then again once you reach Douglas State Forest. However, there are many miles that are unclear and involve walking through towns and near the highway. Trail maps also occasionally led us in the wrong direction. This trail was extremely difficult due primarily to the vague instruction. Some sections were very nice, but I don’t think it’s worth doing it in it’s entirety.

East Bay Bike Path

Relaxing Day

May, 2020 by nancysanterre

Really like this trail. It’s well maintained, views are great. Love ending the ride with a picnic lunch at Colt State Park overlooking the ocean.

Upper Falls Greenway

Greenway Path

May, 2020 by noahroffman

This is a shaded trail that parallels Highland Ave. You can begin/park at NTB/National Lumber and follow it south towards Oak Street. Along the way, occasionally there are art installations. At Oak Street, there is an adjacent bocci court and picnic tables. You can continue there for a very short bit on the trail towards the tv tower/Charles, but my recommendation would be to make a left onto Oak Street and head towards Highland Ave. Once there, if you make a right, you’ll see two DCR marble posts starting an unnamed trail that will take you along the Charles to Second Ave. if you follow Second Ave a couple of blocks, it will take you right towards Cutler Park. You can bike the length of the Futker Park loop around the lake, which often has swans. It’s a pretty extension to the Greenway Path and for almost the entire ride, you are in a path A pretty ride, I recommend it

Accordion

Norwell Pathway

Family Favorite

May, 2020 by sbrooks83

My two children and I love to take this trail for a walk or bike ride!

Neponset River Greenway

Not for cyclists

May, 2020 by beatriz8153

This trail is good for walking and kid’s bike only. Not for cycling.

Whitney Spur Rail Trail

Large Network of Trails ¿¿

May, 2020 by matthewgray.design

Pleasantly surprised by this vast network of well-kept trails as well as rural roads. Trailhead is readily accessible from MBTA parking lot. Easy and serene ride down to Aaron River Reservoir. Passed several offshoot paths. Most seemed to offer a compact and comfortable riding surface. I had no trouble nor did I feel limited on my old school road bike.

Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

Nice scenic path

May, 2020 by peterwor

Always a pleasant ride. Flat, paved, scenic a really pleasant ride. Plenty of places to stop and take in the sights.

Blackstone River Greenway

how the hell is this considered a biking trail?!?

May, 2020 by atherien

Extremely narrow, muddy, full of roots and ups and downs. This would be hard to navigate with hiking boots, let alone a bike... ridiculous.

Norwell Pathway

Pretty trail

April, 2020 by scm52375

It was an easy trail for a family consisting of all ages. Well-maintained and clean

Norwell Pathway

peaceful trail

April, 2020 by scm52375

Beautiful clean walk or bike ride.

Blackstone River Greenway

Enjoyable

April, 2020 by nancysanterre

I love this trail. Few bumpy spots due to tree roots but overall a great trail with great scenery.

Norwell Pathway

love this trail

April, 2020 by capetripp

Beautiful and well maintained.

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