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Explore the best rated trails in Massachusetts, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Cape Cod Rail Trail and Nashua River Rail Trail. With more than 107 trails covering 643 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.

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

13.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Assabet River Rail Trail

10.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

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

Border to Boston Trail

44.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Bridge of Flowers

0.1 mi
State: MA
Concrete

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

15.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Canalside Rail Trail

3.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

13.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Cape Cod Rail Trail

27.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Center Trail

0.6 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Charles River Bike Path

23.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail

0.21 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Clipper City Rail Trail

3.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Cochituate Rail Trail

3.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

3.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Concord River Greenway

0.88 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Danvers Rail Trail

5.1 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Fresh Pond Bikeway

0.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt
Accordion

Garrison Trail

1.8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Gloria Braunhardt Bike Path

1.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

Haggetts Rail Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Independence Greenway

5.25 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Manhan Rail Trail

9.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Mary Ellen Welch Greenway

2.8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Mass Central Rail Trail

59 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

1.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Middleton Rail Trail

2.2 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

10.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Mystic River Greenway

4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Nashua River Rail Trail

12.4 mi
State: MA, NH
Asphalt

Neponset River Greenway

8.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

New Bedford Harborwalk

1.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

North Bank Bridge

0.5 mi
State: MA
Concrete

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

Old Eastern Marsh Trail

3.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

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

Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail

5.7 mi
State: MA
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass

Redstone Rail Trail

1.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

1.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Concrete

Shining Sea Bikeway

10.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

South Spencer Rail Trail

1.62 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Southwick Rail Trail

6.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Topsfield Linear Common

5.2 mi
State: MA
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Twin Cities Rail Trail

4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Upper Charles Trail

13.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Upper Falls Greenway

1 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Watertown Linear Park Trail

0.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Wellington Greenway

2.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Westville Lake Community Trail

0.7 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Whitney Spur Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Amesbury Riverwalk

1.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Ashburnham Rail Trail

1.3 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Boxford Rail Trail

2.1 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass

Bridle Trail

3 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Sand

Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway

5.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Gillis Memorial Bridge Connector

0.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Grand Trunk Trail

6.8 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Hanover Branch Rail Trail

2.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Head of the Meadow Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Marblehead Rail-Trail

3.34 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area Trail

3.4 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Methuen Rail Trail

2.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail

3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Nauset Trail

1.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

North Central Pathway

11.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Northern Strand Community Trail

9.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Reformatory Branch Trail

3.9 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Rocky Hill Trail

0.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Salisbury Point Ghost Trail

2.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Somerville Community Path

3.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

22 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Spicket River Greenway

3.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Tri-Community Greenway

10.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Watertown-Cambridge Greenway

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Jay McLaren Memorial Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Ware River Rail-Trail

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

Watertown Community Bike Path

0.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Martha's Vineyard Bike Trails

32.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

South Bay Harbor Trail

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

Barker Road Trail

0.9 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass

Bridge Street Bike Trail

1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Chelsea Greenway

0.65 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Commonwealth Greenway

5.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Goose Pond Path

0.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Groveland Community Trail

3.25 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Lowell Canal System Trails

1.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Concrete

Malden River Greenway

2.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Medfield Rail Trail

1.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Nantucket Multi-Use Paths

34.97 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

New Bedford Covewalk

1.04 mi
State: MA
Concrete

Potanipo Rail Trail

3.4 mi
State: MA, NH
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Potanipo Rail Trail (MA)

1.7 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Quarries Foot Path

1 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Salem Bike Path

1.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trail

0.6 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Grass

Squannacook River Rail Trail

1.8 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Swampscott Rail Trail

0.3 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone
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
Overview Visitors to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail will find the full splendor of the scenic Berkshires along a 13.7-mile paved trail. The Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) follows MA 8 through...
MA 13.7 mi Asphalt
Overview The Assabet River Rail Trail connects five old mill towns that owe their revitalization to present-day high-tech industries. A midpoint gap splits the 10.4-mile trail. It offers a forested...
MA 10.4 mi Asphalt
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
The Border to Boston Trail is a developing trail network that will stretch 70 miles between the New Hampshire border and Boston—providing a continuous route for a variety of non-motorized uses...
MA 44.1 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Bridge of Flowers delights the senses of visitors walking among the trees and blossoms on the old trolley bridge spanning the Deerfield River, which connects two communities in northwestern...
MA 0.1 mi Concrete
Overview A developing rail trail, the route winds for nearly 16 miles through Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, and Concord. The rail trail is paved and is typically about 10 feet...
MA 15.7 mi Asphalt
The well-maintained Canalside Rail Trail provides users with a variety of trestle bridges, views of waterbirds stalking fish and frogs, and gentle grades that alternate between open sky and forested...
MA 3.6 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
Overview 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...
MA 27.5 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
Overview The Charles River Bike Path, also referred to as the Charles River Greenway, offers a paved, 23-mile route from Boston to its western suburbs. About the Route A large section of the...
MA 23.4 mi Asphalt
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
Almost complete, the Clipper City Rail Trail will be a multiuse trail loop through Newburyport. Currently 3.9 miles, the rail-trail connects the waterfront, downtown Newburyport, the Newburyport MBTA...
MA 3.9 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Overview    The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) is a multi-use trail that runs almost 4 miles between Framingham and Natick, in the western suburbs of Boston. Passing near streams and wetlands in...
MA 3.3 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
Overview The Columbia Greenway Rail Trail offers just over 3 miles of paved, tree-lined pathway through Westfield in southwestern Massachusetts. About the Route The rail-trail runs between...
MA 3.1 mi Asphalt
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 0.88 mi Asphalt
The Danvers Rail Trail follows the path of the historic Boston to Maine railroad that ran from Newburyport to Danvers. The 5.1-mile rail-trail has a surface of compacted stone dust. At its southern...
MA 5.1 mi Crushed Stone
The Fresh Pond Bikeway runs through Fresh Pond Reservation, a park in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The bikeway winds around the east edge of the Fresh Pond Reservoir. Part of the trail is on a road...
MA 0.7 mi Asphalt
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The Garrison Trail is a two-lane, paved, hike-and-bike path that runs alongside I-95. The trail stretches 1.8 miles between State Route 113 in Newburyport and State Route 110 at the Amesbury-Salisbury...
MA 1.8 mi Asphalt
Although short, the scenic Gloria Braunhardt Bike Path travels through forests and pastures full of birds and wildlife. The asphalt pathway parallels the eastern side of the present-day Interstate 95...
MA 1.2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
The Haggetts Rail Trail is a short, but sweet unpaved trail located on the periphery of Haggetts Pond, the local reservoir for the nearby town of Andover. Built on part of the former line of the...
MA 2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Overview The 5.25-mile Independence Greenway makes for a pleasant ride, providing access to lakes, parks, and nature preserves. The paved pathway is located in the town of Peabody (pronounced by...
MA 5.25 mi Asphalt
Overview The Manhan Rail Trail, well integrated into the local communities it serves, offers a pleasant ride or stroll. It conveniently weaves together parks, community points of interest,...
MA 9.5 mi Asphalt
Only a stone's throw from the Boston Logan International Airport, the Mary Ellen Welch Greenway (formerly called the "East Boston Greenway") is a great quick escape into the outdoors. Alternatively,...
MA 2.8 mi Asphalt
The Massachusetts Central Railroad was destroyed by a hurricane in 1938, but the 104-mile corridor is being reborn as a cross-state rail-trail. Currently, nearly 60 miles from Boston to Northampton...
MA 59 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
The Mattapoisett Rail Trail, when completed, aims to connect the towns of Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, and Marion through 23 miles of connected bikeways. Section 1 of the Mattapoisett Rail Trail stretches...
MA 1.9 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Middleton Rail Trail is a trail along the former Essex Railroad. When complete, the trail will stretch 4.5 miles from the North Andover border, through the town, and will eventually join the...
MA 2.2 mi Crushed Stone
Overview For many commuters, the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway provides freedom from congested traffic in the northwest Boston suburbs. For others, the 10.1-mile paved trail between Cambridge and...
MA 10.1 mi Asphalt
The Mystic River Greenway is part of the Mystic Greenways trail system, which also includes the Wellington Greenway and the Malden River Greenway. When completed, the trail will connect the...
MA 4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Overview The Nashua River Rail Trail stretches from southern Nashua, New Hampshire, to downtown Ayer, Massachusetts, connecting to the towns of Pepperell and Groton. The trail is built on the...
MA, NH 12.4 mi Asphalt
Overview 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,...
MA 8.2 mi Asphalt
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
The North Bank Bridge, which opened in 2012, provides a safe and convenient pedestrian and bicycle connection between Cambridge's North Point Park and Paul Revere Park in Charlestown. Spanning 690...
MA 0.5 mi Concrete
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
Offering picturesque woodland and marsh surroundings, the Old Eastern Marsh Trail stretches for 3.7 miles between the MA-NH border and the north bank of the Merrimack River. The southern 2.3-mile...
MA 3.7 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
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 Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail runs on the corridor once occupied by the Southbridge & Blackstone line of the Providence & Worcester Railroad, transforming a corridor once designed to link rural...
MA 5.7 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Grass
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
Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway may not be very long, but it's jam-packed with attractions. Along this 1.5 mile contemporary public park, you can access amazing organically-maintained gardens, be wowed...
MA 1.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview The 10.7-mile Shining Sea Bikeway—the only bikeway on Cape Cod to feature a seaside section—boasts beautiful vistas of marshes, rivers, and the sea. It’s no wonder that the bikeway was...
MA 10.7 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 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 Southwick Rail Trail extends from the Massachusetts–Connecticut state line north to the Westfield town line and connects to the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail. Along the way, it travels through...
MA 6.5 mi Asphalt
The northern end of the Topsfield Linear Common is not directly accessible as it dead ends in the woods. Access the trail mid-route or from its southern end, where it has a seamless connection with...
MA 5.2 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Twin Cities Rail Trail will be a 4.7-mile multiuse trail connecting downtown Fitchburg and downtown Leominster, providing a variety of recreational opportunities and an alternative transportation...
MA 4 mi Asphalt
Overview    Shaped like a checkmark, the Upper Charles Trail links Milford, Holliston and Sherborn—towns in Massachusetts’s bucolic MetroWest suburbs. Ornamented by an eight-arch stone bridge and a...
MA 13.9 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
Winding through Watertown Linear Park, this trail is a smooth, wide, paved pathway that links the park's amenities and provides an off-road route through downtown Watertown. The linear park backs up...
MA 0.3 mi Asphalt
The Wellington Greenway is a section of the Malden River Greenway in Medford, Massachusetts. Eventually, the Wellington Greenway will be connected to the other sections of the Malden River Greenway in...
MA 2.5 mi Asphalt
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
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
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
The Amesbury Riverwalk (also known as the Powwow Riverwalk) carries visitors between a resurgent waterfront district on the Powwow River to a modern shopping center on the outskirts of this historical...
MA 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
The Boxford Rail Trail is a short, rustic pathway open on a former rail corridor in rural Essex County. Now home to overhead electric wires owned by National Grid, the trail is open via a license...
MA 2.1 mi Dirt, Grass
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
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
The Gillis Memorial Bridge Connector (also known as the Salisbury Rail Trail Connector,) is a 0.6-mile link between two rail-trails: Salisbury's Old Eastern Marsh Trail and Newburyport's Clipper City...
MA 0.6 mi Asphalt
The overall goal of the Grand Trunk Trail in south-central Massachusetts is to connect the communities of Brimfield, Sturbridge, and Southbridge by trail. Currently, two sections of the trail are...
MA 6.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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
The Head of the Meadow Trail offers a pleasant winding route through woodlands and marshlands tantalizingly close to the Atlantic Ocean in Truro. In fact, direct access to two of the Cape Cod National...
MA 2 mi Asphalt
Overview The Marblehead Rail-Trail appears on maps as a Y resting on its side, connecting Marblehead and Salem in the north and the city limits of Swampscott in the west. The 3.34-mile trail knits...
MA 3.34 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The rail-trail through the Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area begins at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail station near downtown Newburyport, a coastal...
MA 3.4 mi Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Mayor James J. Fiorentini Bradford Rail Trail is constructed along the former Georgetown Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad and runs along the Merrimack River in Bradford, MA. It runs nearly...
MA 0.77 mi Asphalt
Methuen Rail Trail connects three communities in northeastern Massachusetts as it follows the route of the former Manchester and Lawrence Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad. The rail-trail's...
MA 2.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Even though the Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail traces the nation’s first narrow-gauge railroad for 3 miles from Bedford toward Billerica, the mostly crushed-stone path is plenty wide enough now to...
MA 3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Nauset Trail offers a winding route through dense Cape Cod woodlands, providing a pleasant respite from the oft-crowded seashore and tourist hubs. The trail is entirely paved, with the notable...
MA 1.6 mi Asphalt
The North Central Pathway is envisioned as a trail network connecting points of interest through and between Winchendon and Gardner. Several completed sections of trail make for a lovely ride or walk...
MA 11.2 mi Asphalt
Overview The Northern Strand Community Trail runs almost 10 miles through the cities of Everett, Malden, Revere, and the town of Saugus and provides a variety of experiences.  About the...
MA 9.9 mi Asphalt
The Reformatory Branch Trail connects the historical towns of Bedford and Concord along a nearly 4-mile dirt path through wildlife refuges that ends a short distance from the North Bridge, the...
MA 3.9 mi Dirt
The Rocky Hill Trail weaves through the tranquil greenery of the Burts Bog Greenway Conservation Area in Northampton, Hampshire County. The 121-acre peat bog is an ecologically sensitive site that's...
MA 0.9 mi Asphalt
Overview Currently just over two miles long, the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail provides a peaceful journey through the woods. About the Route From its western end on Elm Street in Amesbury, the...
MA 2.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Running through the city of Somerville, the Somerville Community Path is 3.2-mile paved rail-trail that connects with several other multiuse trails—contributing to the developing trail network in...
MA 3.2 mi Asphalt
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 Spicket River begins in Derry, New Hampshire, through Methuen and Lawrence, Massachusetts, before draining into the Merrimack River. Like many mill towns of the late 19th and 20th centuries, the...
MA 3.5 mi Asphalt
Overview The Tri-Community Greenway is a 10.6-mile multiuse trail that connects Stoneham, Woburn and Winchester. Part of the route runs along a former railroad corridor. About the Route At...
MA 10.6 mi Asphalt
Connecting the cities of Watertown and Cambridge, the 2-mile 12ft-wide paved Greenway runs along the former corridor of the B&M Railroad’s Watertown Branch. The southern end of this multi-use trail...
MA 2 mi Asphalt
Nestled in the woodlands on the northern end of Merrimac in the far northeastern corner of Massachusetts, lies the beautiful Jay McLaren Memorial Trail. The town, once known as West Amesbury, had a...
MA 2 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
The Ware River Rail-Trail is an unpaved 15-mile rail-trail that stretches between Barre and Baldwinville, running through Hubbardston and Templeton along the way.  Following along the Burnshirt...
MA 15 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Following along a former railroad right-of-way, this 8-foot-wide bike path runs alongside Arsenal St for 0.6 miles. Cyclists are protected from traffic by a physical barrier that separates the road...
MA 0.6 mi Asphalt
Martha's Vineyard, an island located only 7 miles of the coast of Massachusetts, is a paradise of beaches, "gingerbread" house architecture, and abundant natural beauty. Six small towns make up this...
MA 32.3 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
Barker Road Trail begins on the town line between North Andover and Boxford in northern Massachusetts, not far from the New Hampshire border. From there, the pathway continues through dense woodlands...
MA 0.9 mi Dirt, Grass
The Bridge Street Bike Trail begins near Curtis Park and travels south through downtown Salem, closely following the Bridge Street Bypass. The short trail runs through residential, retail and...
MA 1 mi Asphalt
The Chelsea Greenway was built to accompany the extension of the Silver Line between Boston and its northern suburb, Chelsea. The asphalt multiuse trail begins at the Eastern Avenue MBTA station and...
MA 0.65 mi Asphalt
Overview The Commonwealth Greenway, also frequently known as the Commonwealth Avenue Carriageway, runs for 5.5 miles through the Boston suburbs of Newton. The route follows the former...
MA 5.5 mi Asphalt
The Goose Pond Path, also known as the In-Town Bike Path, offers a short paved route on the charming island of Nantucket, which lies south of Cape Cod. The trail overlooks The Creeks area of Nantucket...
MA 0.1 mi Asphalt
Running through the town of Groveland for 3.25 miles, this multiuse path provides a variety of opportunities for both recreational and transportations as it connects residential neighborhoods,...
MA 3.25 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 Malden River Greenway is part of the Mystic Greenways trail system, which also includes the Wellington Greenway and the Mystic River Greenway. When completed, it will run along the Malden River...
MA 2.5 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Built along the former Bay Colony Railroad line, the Medfield Rail Trail stretches between Ice House Road in the Town of Medfield to the town's border with Dover. Running primarily through woods, the...
MA 1.3 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Nantucket, while only 14 miles wide, boasts 83 miles of coastline, 10 pristine beaches, and abundant natural beauty. Across its variety of its sandplain grasslands, heathlands and forests, the island...
MA 34.97 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 Potanipo Rail Trail is composed of three segments across New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Running through the woods along a former a rail corridor, the trail parallels the Nissitissit River for a...
MA, NH 3.4 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Paralleling the Nissitissit River as it runs through the woods, the Potanipo Rail Trail heads south towards Pepperell from the New Hampshire-Massachusetts state border. The Massachusetts section of...
MA 1.7 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
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
The Salem Bike Path (also known as the Mayor Anthony Salvo Bike Path) is 1.8-mile paved trail, which provides a connection between the Marblehead Rail Trail and downtown Salem. Located near...
MA 1.7 mi Asphalt
Although less than a mile, the trail running through Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers lovely views of the beaches off the northeastern coast of Massachusetts, just a few miles south of the New...
MA 0.6 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
The Squannacook River Rail Trail is presently 1.8 miles long, from Depot St. in the center of Townsend, MA, to the Harbor Church parking lot in Townsend Harbor. The trail occupies the Greenville...
MA 1.8 mi Crushed Stone
The Swampscott Rail Trail is a developing rail-trail in the North Shore community of Swampscott. When complete, the trail will extend two miles through the heart of the town ending with a seamless...
MA 0.3 mi Crushed Stone
Running parallel to the Charles River, the Watertown Riverfront Park features a loop trail designed especially for visitors who are blind to enjoy. A guide wire runs along the edge for visitors to...
MA 0.25 mi Asphalt

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Northern Strand Community Trail

Parts are really pleasant

June, 2024 by r2tguy

Just did this trail today with my wife and 2 friends. We're all in our 70s. We had fun but were taken by surprise when we hit the end... the trail just ends and it's necessary to ride back a hundred yards to a road to get off the trail.

We plodded along the Lynnway to the traffic circle at Nahant Road then rode south along Nahant Beach to the Tides restaurant for beer, fried clams, and mussels. On the way back after lunch we rode on the hard-packed beach back to the traffic circle then worked our way back to the Northern Strand Community Trail back to where we parked at Rivergreen Park in Everett. We had too much sun and the rush hour was approaching so we skipped the ride over to the Encore Boston Harbor Casino.

The marshes were an unexpected surprise in this densely-populated area. We visited America's largest model train store. And the aroma of coffee and baked bread was so welcome.

Watch out for the electric scooters. The people riding them go too fast (and they don't wear helmets).

The reason I gave four stars and not five is the many road crossings and traffic lights. We found it helps to press the button to cross.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Nice weather makes the ride nice

June, 2024 by vc2019

Started in Adams and rode to the end and back. Nice weather on this wide paved and shaded trail. It is in great condition. There are a number of road crossings but most are small streets. The gates are all the same, an opening on each side and we saw atleast two recumbent trikes make it through without problems. Photo to show the gates today.

Ashburnham Rail Trail

great view: stunning panorama

June, 2024 by thiagobardini85

At the end of the trail, you'll be treated to a stunning view!

Accordion

Head of the Meadow Trail

Bike/walk trail between two beaches

June, 2024 by andrix

I decided to bike this trail just to see if there was a nice plus that would offset its shortness. Alas, there was not. Yes, the surface was excellent but the entire way high brush prevented any sighting of the surrounding dunes, ocean or potential wildlife. I was there at high tide so could not verify the existence of a visible 1872 shipwreck at low tide near one of the beaches.

Nauset Trail

Trail from National Park visitors center to coast

June, 2024 by andrix

Surprising number of hills but surface is pretty even with roots/upheavals in only a few spots. Hard to get too excited about such a short (3 mile r/t) trail with no real scenery or wildlife standouts.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

A must ride

June, 2024 by ahanks

Visiting in lower NY area and had this on my bucket list. It was a well paved and maintained trail. Parked at railroad at in Cheshire and rode to the parking area in Pittsfield and then back and a few miles into the Adams area. All in 18 miles. Plenty of options for parking, bathroom Facilities in a few areas and many benches and picnic tables placed to stop and take a break or enjoy the views of the Lindai a or chechsire reservoir. It was well worth the trip!

Old Colony Rail Trail

Update from review 2 years ago

June, 2024 by andrix

Started in Brewster on the Cape Cod Rail Trail and 4 miles south picked up the connecting Old Colony trail into Chatham. This time I plotted the entire route on the Map My Ride app since navigating Chatham can be confusing once the rail trail ends. This time was no exception with 2 different road closings along the way. My wife likes looking around the downtown, the lighthouse and views at the southern tip is worth the trip and - if you want to see seals - further up Shore Road is the Chatham Pier Fish Market. There were 50+ there today putting on quite a show.

Shining Sea Bikeway

Beautiful trail

June, 2024 by andrix

All the previous posts are right on so I won't duplicate. Here's an add: Pie in the Sky restaurant is excellent for sandwiches, wraps, cookies, etc. But wherever you purchase, get takeout and, if nice wx, go down Water St. a few blocks and enjoy the park with benches and views, typically few people and - of course - your meal.

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

Enjoyed this trail!

June, 2024 by kdcspamspam

Not too busy, was a little buggy but was nice and pretty smooth. We rollerbladed on it with no issues. Also very pretty scenery!

Rocky Hill Trail

Completely paved; easy

June, 2024 by pianoemily

This was a very short trail which was completely paved. It was nice and shaded due to the trees. It would be an easy walk with grandparents (there are benches) or young children. I recommend setting your gps to find something like 134 Sandy Hill Road in Florence. From there, you can easily find the trail beginning. To get my 10,000 steps I had to go back and forth on the trail a lot. But I still appreciated it fully paved! Seems like more of a neighborhood morning walk trail.

Topsfield Linear Common

Topsfield Linear a lovely ride

May, 2024 by suebl

We have been riding this trail for at least seven years. I am surprised to be the first reviewer. Topsfield Linear Common trail is one of the most consistently scenic trails I have ridden in eastern Massachusetts. At some point it merges with the Danvers Rail Trail so maybe most of the reviews are there. On Saturday, we parked in Topsfield Center as usual, across from St. Rose of Lima Church (that is the easiest way to find the parking lot via GPS) and decided to go north, which in the past was not at all finished and became quickly impassable. But to our surprise, work had been done on this part of the trail since we last checked, so we were able to ride the full two miles to the end in Boxford. You can't go any further because Rte. 95 is in front of you. In Topfield, it is still a narrow packed dirt trail, but the grass on both sides has been mowed. When you cross over to Boxford, the trail becomes small gravel. At the very end, for a short distance, it reverts to dirt track.

We returned to Topsfield and rode south. You pass the fairgrounds, then the Ipswich River, and The Wenham-Danvers swamp, which has a lovely .3 mile scenic scenic boardwalk through the swamp. We were probably on the Danvers trail by now. We went as far as the playground which purports to be in Wenham, and has a place to refill your water bottle as well as equipment for kids.

The part of the trail from here to the end of the Danvers trail is, to my mind, not so scenic, so I have stopped riding it.

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

Most scenic trail in MA

May, 2024 by bow_laker

The Mattapoisett Rail Trail goes along the ocean and over marshland. It is absolutely beautiful. Although short, it seamlessly merges into the Fairhaven Rail Trail almost out to Fort Phoenix. Highly recommended.

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