Massachusetts Hiking Trails and Maps

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Length
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Amesbury Riverwalk

1.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Ashburnham Rail Trail

1.3 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

11.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt
Accordion

Assabet River Rail-Trail

5.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Barker Road Trail

0.9 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass

Bay Colony Rail Trail

1.7 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail-Trail

3.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Blackstone River Greenway (MA)

3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Boxford Rail Trail

2.1 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass

Bradford Rail Trail

1.3 mi
State: MA

Bridge Street Bike Trail

1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Bridge of Flowers

0.08 mi
State: MA
Gravel

Bridle Trail

3 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Sand

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

6.8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Canalside Trail

3.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Cape Cod Canal Bikeway

13.5 mi
State: MA
Concrete

Cape Cod Rail Trail

22 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Center Trail

0.6 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Chicopee River Canal Rail Trail

0.21 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Clipper City Rail Trail & Harborwalk

1.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Cochituate Rail Trail

1.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Concrete

Columbia Greenway Rail Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Concord River Greenway

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway

5.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Danvers Rail Trail

5.1 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path

13.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

East Boston Greenway

1.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Gloria Braunhardt Bike Path

1.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

Grand Trunk Trail

4.4 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Haggetts Rail Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Hanover Branch Rail Trail

2.6 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Head of the Meadow Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Independence Greenway

8.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Jay McLaren Memorial Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Lowell Canal System Trails

1.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Concrete

Manhan Rail-Trail

9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Marblehead Rail-Trail

4.1 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

31.9 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Mattapoisett Rail Trail

1.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Methuen Rail Trail

2.4 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Minuteman Bikeway

9.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Nashua River Rail Trail

12.3 mi
State: MA, NH
Asphalt

Nauset Trail

1.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Neponset River Greenway

5.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

North Bank Bridge

0.5 mi
State: MA
Concrete

North Central Pathway

11.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Northern Strand Community Trail

5.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Old Colony Nature Pathway

1.6 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Sand

Old Colony Rail Trail

7.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Old Eastern Marsh Trail

1.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Phoenix Bike Trail

3.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Pine Tree Brook / Popes Pond Path

2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Dirt, Woodchips

Province Lands Trail

7.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Quarries Foot Path

1 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Redstone Rail Trail

1.4 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Reformatory Branch Trail

4.5 mi
State: MA
Dirt

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

1.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Concrete

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trail

0.6 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Grass

Salisbury Point Ghost Trail

1.8 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Salisbury Rail Trail Connector

0.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

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

21 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone

Southwick Rail Trail

7.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Spicket River Greenway

3.5 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Topsfield Linear Common and Wenham Rail-Trail

4.9 mi
State: MA
Cinder, Crushed Stone

Upper Charles Trail

11 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Upper Falls Greenway

1 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone

Ware River Rail-Trail

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

Whitney Spur Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Alewife Linear Park is a beautiful paved trail stretching 2 miles east from the Alewife T-station in Cambridge to Cedar Street in Somerville. The park came about after the Massachusetts Bay...
MA 2 mi Asphalt
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
A lovely, albeit short, rail-trail in northeastern Massachusetts, the 1.3-mile Amesbury Riverwalk (a.k.a. Powwow Riverwalk) is the first completed section of the Coastal Trails Network, linking the...
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
Nestled in the Hoosic River Valley, between Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountains in Berkshire County, the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail takes its name from a Native American word meaning "the pleasant...
MA 11.2 mi Asphalt
The Assabet River Rail-Trail provides a forested escape from the surrounding urban bustle. Traveling 5.6 miles (with plans to expand it) the trail connects the towns of Hudson and Marlborough and...
MA 5.6 mi Asphalt
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
Accordion
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
The Bedford Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail shares its trailhead at Depot Park in Bedford with the Minuteman Bikeway and Reformatory Branch Trail. Serving mainly as a commuter route, this trail extends just...
MA 3.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Blackstone River Greenway (previously known as the Blackstone River Bikeway) is a 3-mile trail that represents the first open segment of the Massachusetts portion of a pathway that will eventually...
MA 3 mi Asphalt
The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park recalls the role of canals in transporting raw materials and manufactured goods between emerging industrial centers. Walk along restored sections of...
MA 3.5 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
The newly open Bradford Rail Trail occupies the former Pan Am rail lines, beautifying an area that once lay strewn with garbage and weeds. The city and numerous dedicated volunteers created the...
MA 1.3 mi
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 Bridge of Flowers is a 400-foot-long former trolley line bridge that has been converted into a garden pathway. Open from April 1 to October 31, the bridge spans the Deerfield River between...
MA 0.08 mi Gravel
The abandoned rail bed is predominantly owned by the Town of Marshfield. Sections of the abandoned rail bed are open to the public and actively used for recreational uses such as walking, running,...
MA 3 mi Dirt, Sand
The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail follows the route of the former Framingham and Lowell Railroad. It begins at the Lowell/Chelmsford city line, about 30 miles northwest of Boston, near Cross Point, a major...
MA 6.8 mi Asphalt
Canalside Trail begins at McClelland Farm Road and heads north on the former NYNH&H Railroad, crossing the Connecticut River near its confluence with Deerfield River. Approximately a half mile north...
MA 3.3 mi Asphalt
The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway connects Cape Cod Bay and the communities of Sandwich and Sagamore on its eastern end with Buzzards Bay and the community of Bourne on its western end. Following both banks...
MA 13.5 mi Concrete
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 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail....
MA 22 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
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 1.1-mile, multi-use Clipper City Rail Trail and Harbor Walk connects the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail station and the Merrimack River near downtown Newburyport....
MA 1.1 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) is a developing, multi-use trail that will run from the Village of Saxonville in Framingham to Natick Center, a distance of 4 miles. Currently, its northernmost mile in...
MA 1.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Columbia Greenway Rail Trail offers 2 miles of paved, tree-lined pathway through Westfield in southwestern Massachusetts, from Main st, across the Great River Bridge over the Little River to the...
MA 2 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 famous Merrimack River continues to be at the heart of the local...
MA 2 mi Asphalt
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
Danvers Rail Trail follows the historic Newburyport Railroad that used to carry goods and passengers between Danvers and Boston in the late 1800s. The abandoned corridor extends just over 5 miles from...
MA 5.1 mi Crushed Stone
Nestled in Boston’s Charles River Reservation, the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path offers a pleasant walk or ride along both sides of the river from the city’s Museum of Science to Watertown. To reach...
MA 13.6 mi Asphalt
The East Boston Greenway, a linear park made possible by the donation of a disused rail corridor by Conrail in 1997 and the ‘Big Dig’ project in later years, links Boston Harbor with new parks created...
MA 1.4 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
Grand Trunk Trail is part of a larger trail network, the Titanic Rail Trail, which will stretch more than 60 miles through south-central Massachusetts and the northeastern corner of Connecticut along...
MA 4.4 mi Crushed Stone, 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
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 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
Independence Greenway offers 8 miles of trail in three disconnected segments through western Peabody. The rail-trail follows the abandoned Salem and Lowell Railroad and offers nice views. It passes by...
MA 8.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
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
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 Manhan Rail Trail wends its way between Easthampton and Northampton, with a spur trail leading out The Oxbow near Mt. Tom. Easthampton is a typical New England factory town brimming with commerce...
MA 9 mi Asphalt
Shaped like a Y, this 4.1-mile rail-trail connects Marblehead, Salem and Swampscott. From the trail junction in quaint Marblehead, one branch meanders through conservation areas and past harbor...
MA 4.1 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
A 104-mile rail line was shattered by hurricane in 1938. Today, the corridor is being developed as the Mass Central Rail Trail to be enjoyed by bicyclists, walkers, joggers, and cross-country skiers....
MA 31.9 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Stretching east from Northampton, the 10-mile Norwottuck Branch of the Mass Central Rail Trail connects the towns of Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst. Part of the Connecticut River Greenway State...
MA 10 mi Asphalt
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
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 Crushed Stone
You won't get lonely on the Minuteman Bikeway. The nearly 10-mile rail-trail through suburban Boston is one of New England's most popular trails. Warm summer weekends in particular bring folks of all...
MA 9.7 mi Asphalt
The Nashua River Rail Trail is a beautiful and peaceful rural trail extending through the Massachusetts communities of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. The trail continues into New Hampshire...
MA, NH 12.3 mi Asphalt
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
Although the Neponset River Greenway totals more than 5 miles in length, it's currently open in several short disconnected sections on the southern outskirts of Boston. The trail is paved and provides...
MA 5.2 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
The North Central Pathway will one day stretch 16 miles between the cities of Winchendon and Gardner in northern Massachusetts, primarily along a former railroad right-of-way. Three open sections...
MA 11.4 mi Asphalt
Nearly 6 miles of the Northern Strand Community Trail, which follows the former Boston and Maine Railroad, are open to the public. Although this includes two disjointed trail segments, once Revere...
MA 5.6 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
In central Massachusetts, the Norwottuck Rail-Trail (formerly the Northampton Bikeway) runs between New South Street in Northampton and the neighborhood north of Look Memorial Park in Florence....
MA 4.9 mi Asphalt
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 offers a scenic recreational route through the charming towns of southeastern Cape Cod. The trail, which occupies an abandoned Old Colony Railroad corridor, stretches from...
MA 7.9 mi Asphalt
The Old Eastern Marsh Trail (a.k.a the Salisbury Rail Trail) runs for 1.4 miles between the north bank of the Merrimack River and Mudnock Road in Salisbury. The beautifully landscaped trail was built...
MA 1.4 mi Asphalt
Opened in 1999, the Phoenix Bike Trail packs a surprising diversity in its 3.5 miles, passing through woodlands, salt marshes, farms and commercial and residential areas. Tree-lined for much of its...
MA 3.5 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
Opened in 1967, the Province Lands Trail was the first bike trail created by the National Park Service. The pathway is a challenging trek, with steep hills, sharp turns and tunnels with low...
MA 7.3 mi Asphalt
50 Quarries have operated in Quincy, "The Granite City", since 1826. This trail provides a short tour of the railway corridor where the stone was carried from the Quarries.
MA 1 mi Dirt
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
The rugged and beautiful Reformatory Branch Trail meanders more than 4 miles through three natural areas: Elm Brook Conservation Area, Mary Putnam Webber Wildlife Preserve, and Great Meadows National...
MA 4.5 mi Dirt
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
Although only a grassy, hard-packed dirt pathway, the route along the Salem-Beverly Canal (also known as the Grand Wenham Canal), is scenic and peaceful. The old canal, built in 1917, lies between two...
MA 2 mi Dirt, Grass
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
Currently 1.8 miles, the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail provides a peaceful walk or bike ride through the woods on a well-maintained stone-dust trail. The route is one part of the larger Coastal Trails...
MA 1.8 mi Crushed Stone
The Salisbury Rail Trail Connector, also known as the Gillis Rail Trail Connector, is a 0.3-mile link between two rail-trails: Salisbury's Old Eastern Marsh Trail and Newburyport's Clipper City Rail...
MA 0.3 mi Asphalt
Curling nearly 11 miles past woodlands, marshes, salt ponds and seascape, the Shining Sea Bikeway is the only bikeway on Cape Cod to skirt the shore. Also called the Shining Sea Bike Path, the paved...
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 21 mi Asphalt, Ballast, Crushed Stone
Southwest Corridor Park is a 4.7-mile linear park through the Boston neighborhoods of South End, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. A recreation and commuter route popular with walkers, runners, and cyclists,...
MA 3.9 mi Asphalt
The Southwick Rail Trail is now complete from the Massachusetts–Connecticut state line, where it continues south as the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. On the north end, the trail extends to the...
MA 7.1 mi Asphalt
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
The trail begins in the small town of Boxford, about 25 miles north of Boston. For just shy of 5 miles, the hard-packed gravel and stone dust pathway follows an abandoned rail bed through Topsfield,...
MA 4.9 mi Cinder, Crushed Stone
The Upper Charles Trail will one day span more than 20 miles, connecting the communities of Milford, Ashland, Hopkinton, Sherborn and Holliston along a former CSX rail bed. The trail is being...
MA 11 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
This unpaved state-owned trail is open for public use from Coldbrook to Baldwinville. An on-road detour is necessary through the village of Baldwinville, but the right-of-way is open for public use on...
MA 12 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

Shining Sea Bikeway

One of the better rail trails

July, 2017 by wrateman

Rode this on 7/16/17...my wife is not a big bicycle rider and she loved this trail. The length is about right for her to feel she got a nice ride in, and pretty flat.

We started at Falmouth Village/Depot Ave (#7 on the map) and rode up to the top (#16) to meet some friends. We then rode down to Woods Hole.

A friend who was on earlier than us (we started ~8:40) said they had been unable to continue through to Woods Hole due to a triathlon. But by the time we rode it was fine.

I suggest locking your bikes at the racks as you exit the parking lot and not try to bring them w/ you into Woods Hole. (could use more racks)

I would also recommend a clear sign to get over to Nobska Lighthouse. Some of the group had wanted to detour but missed the turnoff.

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

Impenetrable in Bellingham

July, 2017 by cory_ohayer

Beyond incredible at times, but largely tragically poorly maintained. The initial segment in Franklin was a challenge, narrowing with increased vegetation and mud. There was a very difficult crossing at Prospect St in Franklin, with a very challenging descent into the southern continuation of the trail.

The trail was amazing for a few miles, quite stunning all around though for this section the path was clear and maintained. South of Centre St. was near impossible, riding at times in water four inches high (days after the most recent rain). Had to abandon at Edgewater Dr. in Bellingham. Shame, if the DCR were to maintain this it could be an incredible opportunity for these communities as the Franklin trailhead is an easy bike ride from the commuter rail and could be a great excursion for car free city dwellers.

Northern Strand Community Trail

The previously disjoint segments are now connected

July, 2017 by pait

The previously disjoint segments are now connected. Very nice trail!

We went all the way to Nahant, partly on the future trail, partly on streets. The beach was a reward, but this last stretch is not so much fun on a bicycle.

Accordion

Nashua River Rail Trail

Needs resurfacing

July, 2017 by Captainmux

My wife and I used to love this trail, driving from Concord to Nashua a couple of times a year to ride it to Ayer. With its tree canopy, it's most enjoyable on a hot day. But all those trees come with a down side.

Yesterday's ride (7/4/17) was less than satisfactory. Several sections have severe tree root ridges across the entire trail, making them impossible to avoid. Those sections are in serious need of resurfacing or other maintenance.

Independence Greenway

Great trail, very pleasant and scenic

July, 2017 by marcusg

Great trail, very pleasant and scenic.parking in Middleton is a bit small, but great access to the trail. Connecting to the second part of it can be challenging if you are not comfortable with traffic, despite sidewalk. I was fine but my wife was not too comfortable. But we did it and enjoyed ourselves. The trail actually connects with the one heading to Denver, another 5 miles trail. It was great!

Nashua River Rail Trail

Wonderful Fourth of July on Nashua River Trail

July, 2017 by finchphil

Got to the trail before 8:00 am on Independence Day and had a wonderful ride up to Nashua and back for about 25 total miles. Yes there are a few frost heaves and some roots snaking through the trail at times, but it is a minor inconvenience for an otherwise WONDERUL rail trail. Long open stretches without crossings and beautiful scenery along the path. Much of it is shaded which is good for sunny hot days. The holiday traffic on the trail was picking up for the second half of the ride back to Ayer. As always, probably a good idea to get there early.

Neponset River Greenway

The trail is now connected between Central Ave and Mattapan

July, 2017 by pait

It's a very nice stretch, with 2 bridges, the one over the river being particularly nice.

The gap near Hyde Park is still there, and the trail becomes less interesting at that point, but with one less gap it becomes much more inviting.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Beautiful Trail

July, 2017 by singingchefjen

I walked this trail for the first time today. I had a hard time finding a place to park because my GPS took me to an access point, but no parking was allowed. I prefer to start at one end or the other so I get the full experience, so I headed to the endpoint at the Carlisle/Westford end, but again, no parking. I had to find the beginning of the trail in Lowell, making me have to start the trail around 9am. Once I started out, everything was great. The mile markers were a bit confusing, but other than that, I had a great time. I loved that there were a few places along the way to use a restroom, the Dunkin Donuts in Chelmsford, as well as an Agway, and the Mobile station by the beach. I saw a port-a-potty just past the center of Chelmsford behind Ginger Ale Plaza. The trail was a bit busy for my liking, but it is Fourth of July weekend. Overall, I would probably walk this trail again.

Amesbury Riverwalk

Short But Sweet

July, 2017 by npenta519

My fiance and I always see this trail from the on-ramp to 495 from 110, so we decided to walk it this weekend. It's a nice mile or so walk, nice foliage, and at the end goes behind some pretty nice houses. We're looking to buy some bikes, so hopefully we can make a habit of biking this and the other area trails!

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Great Trail - Nice Views

June, 2017 by growerarts

This has become one of my kids' and my favorite trails. There are some great views, it's well maintained, and although it is busy we've found that everyone displays good trail etiquette.

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

Prospect Street, Franklin to Lake Street, Bellingham Update

June, 2017 by rogersweeny

This section was just graded, raised, and surfaced with a relatively fine gravel that seems to have been rolled to lie flat. No more puddles! The next section west to Center Street in Bellingham is amazingly flat and straight and covered in fine sand.

Vegetation has been removed from the side of these two sections, giving them a very different feel from the unimproved sections on each side.

Minuteman Bikeway

Getting better with maintenance

June, 2017 by jonbower

We had given up on skating the Minuteman in 2015: the root bumps were so big and numerous that we couldn't skate over them anymore. A bunch of repaving, and the situation is much better. We're back!
The Western end in Bedford has been totally repaved, and is fantastic. We had some problems with stones thrown onto the path by mowers, but, the pavement itself was great. The section through Lexington still has some of the old cobblestone street warnings, which are a hazard to skaters. Most of the root bumps have been smoothed and repaved. The trail in Belmont and Arlington is in good shape, and the crossings in Arlington Center have been vastly improved. I just wish that they hadn't included a short brick section that you have to brake on at the first light. To trail designers: bricks prevent braking on skates!
The only real hazards left are in the Cambridge section in Alewife. After you cross under Rt. 2, there are fissures, an old wood bridge, and cobblestones so bumpy you have to step around them. Needs replacement!
Also, the new crossings in Arlington have yellow ADA bump mats at the road crossings. Path designers should know that as a skater slows to cross streets, those bumps can be enough to stop him/her and cause a fall into the street. Please find a better solution!
The takeaway: a busy, but, pleasant and improving trail that is worthwhile again.

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