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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

29.9 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

Cochituate Rail Trail

3.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Concrete

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, Dirt, Gravel

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
Accordion

Old Colony Rail Trail

8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

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

URI Bike Path

2 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 29.9 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
Closure Notice: Starting March 15, 2021, the Lecount Hollow trailhead and parking lot will be closed as the DCR works on extending the trail; please consult the official project site for the latest...
MA 27.5 mi Asphalt
The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) is a multi-use trail that will run from the Village of Saxonville in Framingham to Natick Center, a distance of 4 miles. The segment in Framingham was completed and...
MA 3.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
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, Dirt, Gravel
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
Accordion
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
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
Beginning from Calf Pasture Point Beach, the Quonset Point Bike Path offers a short-but-sweet path across North Kingstown on Rhode Island's eastern coastline. The 2.5-mile paved pathway is ideal for...
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 URI (University of Rhode Island) Bike Path provides a safe conduit for students, faculty and staff to commute to and from school via the William C. O'Neill Bike Path. The asphalt, two-lane path...
RI 2 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

Phoenix Bike Trail

Short & Sweet

May, 2022 by oxlilemmiexo

Short ride but the path is well maintained and good scenery along the way. Some of the trail is closed right now and a downside is there weren't any place to stop along the way for coffee or lunch or good view at the end points.

Blackstone River Greenway

Woonsocket to Cumberland

May, 2022 by andrix

Beautiful day on this section of the Blackstone River Greenway. Trail is paved entire way and in very good shape with only a handful of road crossings. There were relatively few walkers/riders (Thursday), some benches along the way, a number of signs with historical write-up and nice views of some waterfalls. Overall an excellent 20 RT ride. Gave it a 4 only because of a few long "average views" stretches. The 195 Davidson Ave, Woonsocket, RI (northern point) address for GPS worked great.

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

delightful space amidst the concrete

April, 2022 by 56x8j2sqr9

One of the best ways to see Boston in a green space amidst all the concrete. There are several traffic light/cross walks that interrupt the complete journey but are very easily accessible by foot, bike, wheelchair and stroller. Stop to enjoy some of the signage to see what local/indigenous flowers have been planted.

Accordion

Shining Sea Bikeway

From one end to the other the trail is filled with amazing views from the ocean to the to ponds nature bogs marshes shops just off the trail. Walking trails bird watching a great bike shop at the end of the north end of the trail.

April, 2022 by almakino

From one end to the other the trail is filled with amazing views from the ocean to the to ponds nature bogs marshes shops just off the trail. Walking trails bird watching a great bike shop at the end of the north end of the trail.

Upper Charles Trail

4m Trail?

April, 2022 by sebalivesinbeats

Good trail, nice but it is 4-5 miles of asphalt. If anyone knows were it extends to LMK.

William C. O'Neill Bike Path

A beauty!

March, 2022 by towzwo

From URI through the quaint village of Wakefield on to beach-scene in Narragansett, well kept and smooth. Absolutely delightful !

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

bike trip from Franklin MA to Bristol RI, 2020

January, 2022 by cclaremcd

The parking lot in Franklin closes at dusk and this was to be an overnight trip so we parked at the Stop and Shop (2 miles away) and biked back to the trail. (tip: few bathrooms along the way due to the pandemic so using BR at S&S was key)-used this trail for about 7 miles - rough trail - Many rolling Moguls which were fun- several Stoney surfaces that we got off our bikes to walk over as we were afraid of popping a tire (hybrid bikes). The tunnel was under construction so we had to bushwhacking our way around it. Exhausting but doable (we’re in our 50s). In RI got on the Blackstone River Greenway to Providence then got on the East Bay Bike path to Bristol. Fun adventure!!

Cochituate Rail Trail

Great morning walk!

December, 2021 by s.donahue

My son and I decided to try out the trail as I had seen it being built. We were not disappointed - the trail was clear and had interesting historical facts along the way. We did have a little trouble finding the Natick entrance to the trail.

Cochituate Rail Trail

Beautiful Walk with Lots of Water Views

November, 2021 by carolleepan

So wonderful to discover this beautiful trail on a recent trip back home from California. What a pleasure to walk where before we only glimpsed these views passing by in the car from Route 9 or 30. I easily found a few various entry points by using Google Maps and was delighted with the gorgeous fall views. Most of the path had some nearby water features whether it was Lake Cochituate or a smaller stream. The path was well maintained and we enjoyed the feeling of being far removed from the hustle and traffic of the rest of the busy area, What a gift to the community!

East Bay Bike Path

Great Running/Biking Trail!

November, 2021 by peplife268

I started at the south terminus and turned around just north of the 4 mile mark in St Mary’s parking lot while running 8 for training. Was fantastic… everyone was considerate and traffic flowed nicely, even when 3 parties met traveling in different directions. Thanks, Rhode Island!

Upper Charles Trail

wow, fantastic trail section

October, 2021 by sensi3d

Since our last visit here the bridge north of Holliston has been paved and beautiful railings with info signage. A 12 foot wide hard packed stone trail with breathtaking views. The town deserves two thumbs up! The trail head at Holliston has been really spruced up with a coffee shop/bakery across the street and a railroad depot dinner with paved parking.Small parking area at Whitney street. The entire trail all the way is a gem.

Cape Cod Rail Trail

Start to Finish

October, 2021 by smithdj

My wife and I rode the full 27.5 miles on 10/15/21. We started at the western most trailhead (near Homer Park) and rode to Wellfleet and made a delightful stop at PB Boloulangerie Bistro for a treat before heading back to the Home Park trailhead. 55+ miles and the only criticism would be that the asphalt may not have been put in think enough to withstand the tree roots that are undermining the trail. The jarring from the roots becomes somewhat annoying after a while. We would ride it again though!

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