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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 Railroad. During World War II, the railroad transported American soldiers bound for Taunton’s Camp Myles Standish along the line in immediate advance of their departure to Europe.
In the present day, the paved trail links the edge of Mansfield’s downtown with the city’s municipal airport. Most of the route is through a dense grove of trees. At the northern end of the trail, a short trip on Old Colony Road—also built on the former rail corridor—leads directly to Mansfield’s MBTA commuter rail station.
Public parking can be found off Union Street at the Mansfield town square. Cross S. Main Street onto Webb Place to access the trail. The northern trailhead is just 1 block north.
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