Massachusetts Walking Trails and Maps

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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

21.9 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

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

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 Transportation ...
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 four ...
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 natural-surface ...
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 river ...
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 parallels ...
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 and ...
MA 0.9 mi Dirt, Grass
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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 2016, ...
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 over ...
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 the ...
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 granted ...
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 mile-long ...
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 commercial ...
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 Shelburne ...
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, horse ...
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 of ...
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 of ...
MA 13.5 mi Concrete
The 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail serves up a genuine Cape Cod experience, stretching through quaint villages and along sandy beaches past a diverse landscape of salt marshes, pine forests and cranberry ...
MA 21.9 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 suffered ...
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 is ...
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. Though ...
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 Southwick ...
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 economy; ...
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 Bridge ...
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 while ...
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 the ...
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 historic ...
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 Abington ...
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 thriving ...
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 and ...
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 overlooks ...
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 Massachusetts ...
MA 3.4 mi Dirt, Gravel, Sand
A 104 mile rail line was shattered by hurricane in 1938. Now, more than 60 years later, dedicated volunteers in 33 communities are working to reconnect it. Instead of trains there will be cross-country ...
MA 31.9 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
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 northern ...
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 ages ...
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 just ...
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 exception ...
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 feet, ...
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 currently ...
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 completes ...
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. Whether ...
MA 4.9 mi Asphalt
Stretching east from Northampton, the 10-mile Mass Central Section of the Norwottuck Rail-Trail connects the towns of Northampton, Hadley and Amherst. Part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park, ...
MA 10 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 same ...
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 downtown ...
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 in ...
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 length, ...
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 Milton ...
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 clearances. ...
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 red ...
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 Wildlife ...
MA 4.5 mi Dirt
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 Network ...
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 Trail ...
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 trail ...
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 spur ...
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 Midland ...
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 Westfield ...
MA 7.1 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, meandering ...
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 developed ...
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 Railroad’s ...
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 Colony ...
MA 1.5 mi Asphalt

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Old Eastern Marsh Trail

Beautiful trail.

May, 2017 by gail_zona

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.

Minuteman Bikeway

Over Hyped

May, 2017 by thogamecalls

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.

Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path

Where's the Trail

May, 2017 by thogamecalls

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.

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Norwottuck Rail-Trail (Mass Central Section)

Great Ride

May, 2017 by joeleven_tl

Lovely trail in the early spring. Great variety of scenery--fields, wetlands, Amherst College, pine forest. Well maintained, frequent rest areas. Quite lovely.

Manhan Rail-Trail

Happy Spring Saturday

April, 2017 by aeagle1024

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!

Shining Sea Bikeway

Shining Sea

April, 2017 by mapjp

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

Nashua River Rail Trail

Was a nice ride

April, 2017 by chrisnoway

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.

Nashua River Rail Trail

Best Asphalt Trail MA

April, 2017 by skshrews

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.

North Central Pathway

Nice trail. Not as long as it is billed.

April, 2017 by elizabethconley

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.

Shining Sea Bikeway

Nice ride

April, 2017 by clauriat

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.

Northern Strand Community Trail

A wonderful semi-urban trail

January, 2017 by rfrenkel123

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.

Danvers Rail Trail

Straight, stone dust surface and well marked

December, 2016 by cblakework

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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