Rail Trails of Massachusetts

. Rail Trails of Massachusetts Rail trail, Access trail, Road bike, Live rail, Historic route.

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Flat and wide trails criss-cross the state through woodland, past ponds, along rivers, over historic bridges and between charming small towns. Often separated from road traffic by miles, these routes once carried steam trains but now offer tranquility and a way to explore New England like never before.

Rail Trails - Enjoyed daily by hikers, cyclists, horse riders and more. Choose a state from the top of the map and we have lists of all the rail trails complete with trail lengths, elevation gain, trail conditions and maps you can download to your phone.

dark gray icon Live Rail - Walking along railroad track is not only illegal but dangerous, including track that you might believe to be inactive.

light gray icon Historic Rail - Track may remain, or might have been removed decades ago. Some sections have been built over and others cross private property and are not accessible to the public. Traces of long-gone railroads can also be a valuable resource to help towns and trail planners identify and resurrect old railroad routes as new public parks and trails.

Trailspotting doesn't stop here. We are exploring every rail trail and providing individual rail trail reviews that include detailed route mapping and photography. Links to rail trail reviews for Massachusetts are shown below and you can see our latest rail trail reviews using the link at the bottom of the page.

Rail Trail Review Length Gain Cond
Alewife LinearMap0.8 mi0, 0
Amesbury River Walk4★1.3 mi70, 60Good
AshburnhamMap1.3 mi70, 60
Ashburnham SouthMap0.4 mi10, 20
AshuwillticookMap13.6 mi420, 150
Assabet RiverMap12.4 mi490, 260
Bay ColonyMap6.7 mi210, 270
Bedford Narrow Gauge3★3.3 mi30, 110OK
Belchertown Mass CentralMap5 mi130, 200
Berlin-Waltham Mass CentralMap26.4 mi580, 920
Blackstone River Bwy NorthMap0.6 mi20, 20
Boxford3★3.7 mi50, 60Rough
BradfordMap0.8 mi0, 20
Brimfield Grand Trunk Map2.4 mi30, 40
Bruce Freeman4★15.0 mi340, 280Good
CanalsideMap3.6 mi90, 110
Cape Cod4★28.5 mi720, 700Good
Cape Cod Canal BwyMap6.7 mi80, 80
CenterMap0.7 mi50, 0
Chelsea GwyMap0.6 mi10, 10
Chickadee (aka Athol Branch)Map2.3 mi70, 90
Clinton Mass CentralMap1.2 mi30, 30
Clipper City3★3.5 mi70, 70Good
CochituateMap3.3 mi110, 70
Collins Cove3★0.7 mi10, 10Good
Columbia GwyMap3 mi100, 40
Concord River GwyMap0.4 mi20, 0
Connecticut RiverwalkMap3.7 mi50, 50
Danvers4★5.1 mi110, 90Good
Danvers Connector3★1.2 mi10, 20Rough
East Boston Gwy5⭐2.0 mi20, 20Good
Essex Railway Trail4★2.2 mi20, 30Rough
Fitchburg CutoffMap0.8 mi0, 0
Georgetown3★4.1 mi70, 50Rough
GrovelandMap2.0 mi80, 10
Ghost Trail4★2.6 mi80, 60Good
Gilbertville Mass CentralMap0.6 mi40, 10
HaggetsMap1.6 mi20, 30
Hanover BranchMap2.7 mi40, 80
Holden Mass Central Map1.9 mi50, 130
HousatonicMap2.8 mi80, 180
Jay McLaren3★2.0 mi30, 80OK
ManhanMap7.3 mi180, 130
Manhan East SpurMap2.3 mi50, 70
Mansfield WWII Vet MemMap1.6 mi0, 20
Marblehead3★3.4 mi90, 70Good
Marshfield NorthMap3.4 mi60, 90
Marshfield SouthMap0.7 mi30, 10
Mary V FlynnMap0.8 mi40, 30
MattapoisettMap5.4 mi140, 120
Metacomet WrenthamMap3.4 mi140, 100
MethuenMap2.3 mi10, 70
Middleton3★3.0 mi80, 50Good
Minuteman Bikeway4★10 mi170, 280Good
Nashua River4★12.2 mi320, 280Good
Neponset TrailMap3.6 mi70, 90
Newton Upper Falls GwyMap0.9 mi40, 10
NissitissitMap1.3 mi10, 20
North BrookfieldMap1.2 mi10, 120
North Central Pathway4★9.5 mi310, 160Good
NorthamptonMap5.7 mi90, 340
Northern Strand4★9.6 mi120, 140Good
NortonMap4.9 mi60, 100
Norwottuck Rail TrailMap10.6 mi170, 190
Oakdale Mass Central Map3.6 mi50, 210
Old Colony4★7.5 mi220, 220Good
Old Colony Nature3★1.5 mi40, 50Rough
Old Eastern Marsh Trail4★3.8 mi40, 90Good
Peabody Independence Gwy3★6.0 mi100, 90Good
PlainvilleMap0.7 mi0, 20
Plymouth Bike PathMap0.9 mi10, 10
Quequechan RiverMap2 mi10, 20
Quinebaug ValleyMap3.8 mi50, 40
Red Line PathMap2.2 mi20, 30
RedstoneMap1.6 mi20, 20
Reformatory Branch Trail4★3.9 mi70, 70OK
Russell Bird SancturyMap0.6 mi30, 40
Salem Bike Path3★10.7 mi170, 210Good
Shining Sea Bwy5⭐10.6 mi170, 200Good
Somerville Community PathMap1.4 mi30, 20
Southern NE Trunkline (SNETT)Map22.9 mi700, 920
SouthwickMap6.2 mi150, 130
Spenser DepotMap1.7 mi30, 130
Squannacook RiverMap1.8 mi20, 40
Sterling Mass CentralMap2 mi20, 50
Stony BrookMap2.4 mi120, 100
SW Corridor ParkMap3.8 mi70, 40
Topsfield3★5.9 mi50, 100Good
Tri Community GwyMap2.1 mi130, 30
Twin CitiesMap3.7 mi50, 90
Upper CharlesMap9.2 mi290, 210
Upper Charles WestMap4.2 mi80, 160
Wachusett Mass CentralMap11.8 mi690, 480
Ware North Mass Central Map2.8 mi50, 110
Ware River CentralMap2.4 mi50, 20
Ware River NorthMap6 mi180, 120
Ware River SouthMap12.9 mi150, 440
Ware South Mass Central Map1.6 mi50, 60
Watertown Linear Park3★0.3 mi0, 20Good
Watertown-Cambridge Gwy3★2.2 mi40, 20Good
Wayland-Weston Mass CentralMap8.5 mi210, 290
Webster SouthMap1.4 mi50, 40
West BridgewaterMap0.8 mi10, 20
Westville Grand TrunkMap3 mi180, 230
Wheelwright Mass Central Map2.7 mi60, 50
Whitney SpurMap2.5 mi50, 40

Definitions:
Good: Asphalt or hardpack trail conditions
OK: Occasionally rough surface
Rough: Hiking & mountain/rugged bikes
Gain: Elevation gain (ft) moving West to East or North to South. Second number is return gain.

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