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Great trail for a stroll. Paved and well kept. Woodland and salt marsh scenery. Lots of birds including Marsh hawks. Well marked along the way. Shady and sunny parts. Easy parking off Rte 1 in Salisbury.
2nd time riding the Minuteman, and I'm having a hard time figuring out how this trail got Hall of Fame status? We rode from Bedford to Arlington, where the trail seems to disappear into city streets. Arlington and Lexington are nice, but the rest of the trail leaves a lot to be desired. The Windham trail in NH is much more scenic, and without the several road crossings.
Using directions from the Symbol on the trail map from our home in NH, we were able to find and park on Charles River Dam Rd. From that point on, it was nothing more than a maze. We never were able to find the bike path. If there had been ONE sign, marker, or anything pointing us in the right direction, we might have had a chance. Anyway, we rode around in circles for 2 miles and gave up. Seriously, this trail needs a good map or some trail markings. The only positive, is that the supposed trail is not very far from the Minuteman Bike way.
Lovely trail in the early spring. Great variety of scenery--fields, wetlands, Amherst College, pine forest. Well maintained, frequent rest areas. Quite lovely.
Great trail, easy ride. Best part is... It's paved the whole way into center of Northampton. If you end in Northampton make your way to Mimmos. Biggest slice of pizza you'll ever eat for a good price. Enjoy and happy riding!
Fantastic ride. Great Parking at North Falmouth. Excellent asphalt path. Great views of the salt marshes, cranberry fields and as you approach Woods Hole, the sea and Martha's Vineyard
This trail has fallen on hard times, the surface has plenty of sink holes and mounds. Especially an abundance of root ridges. About 2 miles from the north end the trail has so many root ridges that if you ride at speed they will rip the handle bars out of your hands. there are several places where the roots will give you a pinch flat and bend your rim.
Rail trails are made sub standard to roads, the reason given... rail trails dont see the heavy traffic a road does. Ive seen ambulances, fire truck, police cruisers and construction equipment on rail trails.
With a sub standard base roots can wreak havoc on trails.
All asphalt, straight, few changes in elevation, few road crossings, shaded almost entirely, long length, generous parking (free) make this arguably the best bike trail in Massachusetts and maybe New England.Yes, a few root heaves (welcome to reality), but generally well maintained.If you live near this trail, you are lucky to have access to this resource.
On 4/11/17 I parked at the Old Gardner Rd lot and began traveling south. The path was nicely paved and level. Very easy and well marked. There is a sign post marking the Winchendon/Gardner Town Line and even a bike repair station w/an air pump. Lots of benches and places to rest.
When the trail meets back up at Rt. 140 (3.24 miles) you have to cross over Rt. 140. This is when the trail gets a little more rough. Still flat, but unpaved and really wet (some ice still) on this particular day. At about 2000' it goes puts you at an electrical transfer station. You can continue on for another 1/2 mile before you reach Park Street.
You can cross Park St, but you'll only go about 2000' before you reach another electrical transfer station. From there, there is no more path to follow. Not that I could find anyway.
I was hoping it was 11 miles one way. But turned out to be closer to 4-4.5.
There is another trail, which intersects the first rough portion. It brings you into the Perley Brook Reservation Area. It's a lot more rugged and wet. More hils and a lot more challenging. Definitely not suitable for a road bike and almost more appropriate for a fat tire mountain bike, especially if it's wet.
Overall, it was a good experience. I was muddy and sweaty at the end, but it was worth it.
11 miles down and 11 miles back. Great views and wildlife. Working bogs in the fall. Plus great coffee shops, restaurants and bathrooms in Woods Hole.
I live in Swampscott and pick up the unimproved trail in Lynn on Western Ave across the street from McCarthy Glass. It's quite passable from there.
Since I use a mountain bike, the unpaved surface isn't an issue and in summer it's cooler than tar. But it would be much smoother if stone dust was used instead of (or in addition to) gravel.
In Saugus, the trail goes through really beautiful tidal marshes along the Saugus River. It's hard to believe you're in a semi-urban area. In fact that is true of the trail all the way down to the paved section starting in Revere.
The smooth paved section extends from just past scenic Rumney Marsh to the current end in Everett, and is a great safe way to travel off road. I'm looking forward to an extension into Boston.
All in all, a great recreational addition and also a great way to get to the bordering communities and from the North Shore to close to Boston. My deep appreciation to all that have worked on making this trail a reality.
I walked the Danvers Rail Trail from the Peabody connector past the center of Danvers. Its in pretty good condition, has a stone dust surface, and good signage complete with mileage markers and maps along the way.
The trail runs through mostly industrial or commercial areas. There are crosswalk signals to allow crossing busy streets and the local police enforce it ( they actually pulled someone over when I was trying to cross and the car failed to stop for me )
Its connected at the southern end to a connector to the Peabody Rail Trail around the Lowell Street exit off of Route 1.
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