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Length
Surfaces
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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

11.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Assabet River Rail Trail

8.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Blackstone River Greenway

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

Border to Boston Trail

10.7 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

11.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Charles River Bike Path

22.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail

0.21 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

2.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Grand Trunk Trail

6.2 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Haggetts Rail Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Head of the Meadow Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Independence Greenway

5.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Manhan Rail Trail

9.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Marblehead Rail-Trail

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

Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area Trail

3.4 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Mass Central Rail Trail

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

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

1.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

10.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail

3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Nashua River Rail Trail

12.3 mi
State: MA, NH
Asphalt
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Nauset Trail

1.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Neponset River Greenway

8.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

North Central Pathway

8.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Northern Strand Community Trail

8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Old Colony Nature Pathway

1.6 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Sand

Province Lands Bike Trail

7.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail

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

Reformatory Branch Trail

3.9 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Shining Sea Bikeway

10.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

South Spencer Rail Trail

1.62 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

22 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Southwick Rail Trail

6.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Upper Charles Trail

13.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Westville Lake Community Trail

0.7 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Whitney Spur Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Visitors to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail will find the full splendor of the scenic Berkshires along this nearly 12-mile-long paved trail. The Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) follows MA 8 through...
MA 11.9 mi Asphalt
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 8.6-mile paved trail, though long-range plans...
MA 8.6 mi Asphalt
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
The Border to Boston Trail connects the communities of West Peabody, Peabody, Danvers, Topsfield, and Boxford in northeastern Massachusetts. The long-term goal for the trail is to continue it north to...
MA 10.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Bruce N. Freeman was a Massachusetts state representative from 1969 to 1986. Beginning in 1985, he championed the creation of a bike path that would run along the former Penn Central railroad line...
MA 11.7 mi Asphalt
The Charles River Bike Path, also referred to as the Charles River Greenway, offers a paved, 22-mile route from Boston to its western suburbs. The trail is also part of a larger, developing network...
MA 22.9 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
The Columbia Greenway Rail Trail offers just over 2 miles of paved, tree-lined pathway through Westfield in southwestern Massachusetts. The trail runs from Main Street, across the Great River Bridge...
MA 2.4 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 6.2 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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
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
The 5.3-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 locals as...
MA 5.3 mi Asphalt
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, neighborhoods, and...
MA 9.6 mi Asphalt
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 4-mile trail knits together a...
MA 4 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 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 40 miles from Boston to Northampton...
MA 38 mi Asphalt, Cinder, Crushed Stone, 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
Many commuters choose the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway for freedom from congested traffic in the northwest Boston suburbs. For others, the 10.1-mile paved trail between Cambridge and Bedford serves as a...
MA 10.1 mi Asphalt
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 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 former rail...
MA, NH 12.3 mi Asphalt
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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 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 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 8.9 mi Asphalt
The Northern Strand Community Trail is part of the visionary and almost-complete Bike to the Sea plan to link Boston and the Mystic River to the seashore in Lynn, north of Boston. It currently runs...
MA 8 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
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 Reformatory Branch Trail connects the historical towns of Bedford and Concord along a nearly 4-mile dirt path through wildlife refuges that ends where soldiers witnessed “the shot heard round the...
MA 3.9 mi Dirt
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 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 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 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 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 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

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Recent Trail Reviews

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Loved It!

October, 2019 by adab

We are in our 60’s and once or twice a year we like to get away for the weekend and ride a nice rail trail or two. This trail was Perfect. It is excellently maintained, the few roots are so well marked you couldn’t miss them. It’s clean, lots of benches and tables along the way and bathrooms at one end. Plenty of parking at each end and many spots along the way. This is one of the best trails we’ve been on. The best tip I can give is to start in Adams as you’ll appreciate the slight decline of the last two miles coming back. You don’t even notice the slight incline when heading out but tired legs appreciated the break on the way back. 22.8 miles round trip from visitors center in Adams

Bay Colony Rail Trail

Bay Colony Rail Trail

October, 2019 by richardbrancato

A short but nice trail. Pretty much a straight shot with no hills. Similar to the World War II Veterans Memorial trail in Mansfield, but with no benches and in need of a bit more TLC. The trail is made of crushed stone and in one or two places it is a bit too loosely packed which can make steering your bike a bit challenging. Also, there is some encroaching brush on either side of the trail, but it is minor and does not get in the way too much. Not too busy. You can go back and forth and probably see 2 or 3 other bikers, walkers, etc. The parking lot is located across the street from where the trail begins. Overall, a nice trail if you are looking for a quick ride through the woods.

Whitney Spur Rail Trail

Whitney Spur Rail Trail

October, 2019 by richardbrancato

Very nice trail within Wompatuck State Park. There is free parking and plenty of it at the Cohasset MBTA station. The trail is listed as 1.6 miles, but it is actually longer than this as my TrailLink map was showing me as being off the trail but with still some trail to be had. The trail is nicely paved and alternates from the narrow and woodsy to the wide and open. On the day I went there were a few people on the trail with me such as walkers, joggers, fellow bikers, dog-walkers, moms with strollers, etc., but it was not crowded at all.

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Cape Cod Rail Trail

Great fall ride!

October, 2019 by doreenvm4

We started the trail in East Dennis and enjoyed the scenic ride! Easy ride, well marked- this trail is well maintained compared to other trails we've ridden. Great fall day ride!

Assabet River Rail Trail

Hudson, Marlborough great for all riders

October, 2019 by bbuddy64

I've ridden this trail several times. Most recently today with my wife. Good workout if you start at Rte. 85 by McDonald's and push hard to Lincoln Street in Marlborough then head back and ride to the terminus in Hudson by Riverside Gun Club. Good 10.2 mile run that can be done in an hour after work.

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

Excellent Ride Through History

October, 2019 by llkamitchell

We rode from Bedford towards Boston and then returned via Lexington and Concord. Trail was an excellent pathway into Boston and had we had more time we would have continued into the city. Historically this trail is a gem waiting to be discovered.

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

Still Large Gaps

October, 2019 by gfoote

The section from Route 122 in Woonsocket to Fox Run Rd in Bellingham is still undeveloped, rough, and even impassable in some sections. I'd advise to avoid unless you have a mountain bike and don't mind walking it.

I concur to the rough state of the trail just west of Route 146 too. Wet and walkable-only in some sections too.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Really nice

September, 2019 by donjfarr

First what this isn't...an "off road" trail. No dirt or gravel.
However if you want a beautifully maintained paved bike path, then you found it.
Extremely flat with a variety of scenery from forest to wetlands to lakes to old industrial.
A lovely ride

North Central Pathway

Beautiful water view trail

September, 2019 by nwironen_tl

Park in Glenallen St. parking lot in Winchendon. Ride trail towards Gardner. On the way you will see rivers and wetlands, and starting now, beautiful foliage. After riding that stretch, head toward downtown Winchendon. This is a short section but worth the little side trip as it skirts a pond that reflects the colorful foliage.

Marblehead Rail-Trail

Great Trail

September, 2019 by dmcguire55

This trail has been well-maintained recently and there are so many great side-paths and conservation areas to explore. Good for walking, biking, dogs, and has a nice mix of dirt/gravel options.

Upper Charles Trail

Excellent Ride

September, 2019 by llkamitchell

We started in Milford and first rode to Holliston. The trail starts paved and then turns into a crushed stone but is well maintained throughout. Returning to Milford we then rode the other side of the trail which is paved throughout. Overall the trail is quite nice and a great option for two shorter rides or one long ride. Road crossings were easy and the traffic was quite kind. We have ridden in 33 states now and can easily give this trail a 9 out of 10. I will be posting a YouTube video of our ride using the username PedalPushin AK.

Assabet River Rail Trail

E Hudson lot next to Gun Club to Marlboro line

September, 2019 by mxi2002

Too many street crossings and too many hills. The ride back was a better. Next time, we'll park at Advanced Auto Parts, 157 Washington St to avoid all the street crossings in Hudson

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