New Bedford Harborwalk


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New Bedford Harborwalk Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Bristol
Length: 1.2 miles
Trail end points: Gifford Street and East Rodney French Boulevard boat ramp
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10680162


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New Bedford Harborwalk Description

The New Bedford Hurricane Barrier was built to protect New Bedford and nearby villages from storm surge during hurricanes, but also ended up cutting off residents from the water that lay just beyond it. Enter, the Harborwalk, constructed right on top of the barrier, a walking and biking pathway that brings people back to the water. The path extends from the the boat ramp off Rodney French Boulevard north to Gifford Street, providing unmatched views of the harbor and of Buzzards Bay. The elevated trail offers a great vantage point to watch the interplay of the natural and the manmade, like the seabirds soaring over the fishing boats and ferries. The trail is open 24 hours and is well-lit for night time use. At its southern end it connects to the Saulnier Memorial Bike Trail. 

Parking and Trail Access

There is parking at the northern end of Gifford Street, just west of the trail. 

There is also parking at the southern end at the boat ramp on E. Rodney French Boulevard. 

New Bedford Harborwalk Reviews

Panoramic View of the Harbor

Wonderful & accessible trail. We biked over from Popes Island and rode the length of the trail. Seems like there’s ample parking at both ends and ramps make it easily accessible. Great view of the commercial fishing boats entering the inner harbor as well as the MV Wind Project staging at the west side.

Great views!

Newly built on top of hurricane barrier, wonderful views of Clarks Cove. Connects to Fort Taber park at end of penninsula and to tbe new bike path on the outer New Bedford harbor.

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