Bay Colony Rail Trail

Massachusetts

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Bay Colony Rail Trail Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Norfolk
Length: 1.7 miles
Trail end points: Charles River (Needham) and High Rock Street (Needham Junction)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8835990
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Bay Colony Rail Trail Description

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, 1.7 miles of the pathway opened between High Rock Street in Needham Junction and the Charles River on the Needham/Dover border. Along the way, the wooded trail passes the Needham Town Forest and crosses the beautiful Charles River Peninsula, where footpaths and a boat launch are available.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at Red Wing Bay on the south side of Fisher Street.

Bay Colony Rail Trail Reviews

Bay Colony Rail Trail

s

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.

Nice but short

s

Not a very long trail and not a lot of scenery, but it's connected to the Needham town forest (High Rock) on one side so if you are mountain biking then that adds more trail. If you are street biking then it's kind of a short ride.

Map error

s

This is a delightful section of trail. But, the map does not match the description. The map only shows a piece between Fisher St. and Charles River St. in Needham. But, the trail (as per the description) extends from the Needham / Dover town line at the Charles River, west of Fisher Road, to just west of High Rock St. I particularly like the railroad cross bucks at the street crossings, which have been changed to read "rail trail crossing" and the crosswalk painting which has the cross bars longer to look line cross ties.

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