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Marshfield's Bridle Trail follows a former railroad bed through a tree-lined corridor. It begins at the town's Dandelion Park and heads north. Its compacted dirt surface is best suited for walking, running, horseback riding and mountain biking.
The southern terminus of the trail lies across the street from shops and restaurants, as well as Marshfield Skatepark, a recreational haven for those who enjoy skateboarding, rollerblading, and BMX biking.
Parking is available near the southern end of the trail at Marshfield Skatepark (905 N. Cedar Ave.).
Quiet, hidden trail. No obstructions and could navigate well on snowpacked gravel trail. Was a relaxing walk as there were no unleashed dogs or unmasked people.
It's a nice little ride but interrupted by a number of street crossings.The southern end is behind the CVS on Ocean Street (rte 139) in Marshfield. The northern end is behind Marshfield Auto Body on Station Street off of Summer St. Parking at the northern end is limited. There is no signage that identifies it as the Bridle Trail on either end.
I rode the Marshfield Bridle Trail for the first time on August 1, 2010. The tail’s surface varied from grass with a worn path at the northern end to smooth pavement for the very last 0.1 mile at the south end near CVS in Marshfield. Along the way you’ll find mostly hard packed dirt, some old pavement and some brief sandy sections with a few moguls to navigate. The trail was completely dry.
The trail has been improved in some sections where it is wide and graded with hard-packed dirt due to its use as an access road for the power lines and substations that follow the corridor. Also the southernmost ¼ mile, known as the South River Tail, features the Francis Keville Footbridge, a former railroad bridge that has been decked for trail use.
I found the trail surface to be very firm and rideable on a mountain bike. However due to some sandy sections and highway crossings that are not marked for cycling safety, I don’t recommend the trail for small children.
The scenic Highlight of the trail is the South River and its marsh area. Parking is available at Ferry St. and Downtown Marshfield.
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