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Massachusetts National Recreation Trails

The newest NRTs in Massachusetts:

NRTBrowse all National Recreation Trails in Massachusetts: There are 240.53 miles of NRTs in Massachusetts and 21 trails!

Visit Massachusetts's "Featured" National Recreational Trails for the most recently designated trail(s)

Visit the National Recreation Trails website to learn more about the NRT program and access over 1,200 NRTs from across the country


Massachusetts Bicycling and Mountain Biking


    Bicycle Coalition of Massachusetts works on mountain bike issues as well as events and rides:

    East Coast Greenway is a project to link seabord states with trails and on-road routes; information is available for all traversed states: ME, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, and FL:

    New England Mountain Bike Association:

Massachusetts Equestrian Trails



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Massachusetts Greenways and Community Trails


Massachusetts Hiking Trails


    Berkshire Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club has trip reports, events, and contacts:

    Boston Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club:

    Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the AMC has hiking information:

    Wapack Trail runs 21 miles from Mount Watatic in Ashburnham, MA, to North Pack in Greenfield, NH, one of the oldest interstate trails in the Northeast:

    Worcester Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club has trip reports, events, and contacts:

    American Volkssport Association hosts year-round walking events; search by state

Massachusetts Long-Distance Trails


    Appalachian Trail Conservancy provides resources and stewardship for the trail:

    Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway extends through 34 towns in Eastern Massachusetts and will be 200 miles long when finished:

    East Coast Greenway is a project to link seabord states with trails and on-road routes through ME, NH, Massachusetts, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, and FL:

    Metacomet-Monadnock Trail is a volunteer-maintained 114 mile trail from the Metacomet Trail on the CT state line to Mt. Monadnock in NH:

    Midstate Trail is a 92 mile hiking trail extending from Rhode Island through central Massachusetts to the Wapack Trail in New Hampshire:

    Taconic Crest Trail, 35 miles long, extends south from Vermont back and forth along the MA/NY border:

    Warner Trail is a 30 mile woodland trail from Canton MA to Diamond State Park in RI:

Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Trails


    Western Massachusetts ATV Association has information on maintenance projects, events, and trails to ride:

    New England All Terrain Vehicle Association has photos, events, clubs, and riding areas:

    New England Trail Riders Association includes contacts, news, and events:

Massachusetts Rail Trails and Canal Trails


    Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in the central-northern Berkshires stretches 11 miles from Lanesborough to Adams, with restrooms available along the way:

    Assabet River Rail Trail will connect Marlborough to Maynard. The six miles of the trail in Marlborough and Hudson are finished, and several walkable sections are available in Stow, Maynard and Acton:

    Bay Colony Rail Trail is proposed between Newton-Needham-Dover-Medfield:

    Border to Boston Rail Trail runs 12 miles through Peabody, Danvers, and Topsfield with extensions planned to Newburyport and Amesbury:

    Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, begun in Oct. 2007, will be 25 miles long from Lowell to Framingham, and for nonmotorized use:

    Cape Cod Rail Trail runs 22 miles through from Dennis to Wellfleet:

    More Cape Cod area trails:

    Central Highlands Conservancy plans to purchase former railroad corridors to preserve them for trail use:

    Coastal Trails Coalition works for the Coastal Trails Network, a 30-mile system of bicycle and pedestrian trails linking
    the Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport and Salisbury:

    Grand Trunk Trail Blazers work with 14 towns, states of MA and CT, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a 60-mile rail trail from Palmer to Franklin, MA:

    Manhan Rail Trail will be an 8 mile multi-use path stretching from the southern border of Easthampton MA to downtown Northampton:

    The 104 mile Massachusetts Central rail line, abandoned in 1938; is being reassembled to connect dozens of communities:

    Minuteman Bikeway passes through the historic area where the American Revolution began, Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge:

    Nashua River Rail Trail is 11 miles long, connecting Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable is paved with an additional gravel path for horseback riding:

    Norwottock Rail Trail, part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park, runs ten miles through Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst:

    Somerville Community Path friends aim to extend the Minuteman Bikeway/Linear Park from Somerville to Lechmere Square and the Charles River:

    Topsfield Rail Trail Committee: the Trail runs four miles from Wenham to Boxford town line along former Danvers to Newburyport rail line:

    Wachusett Greenways , a grass roots team of volunteers, is working to expand a network of trails and open spaces linking the towns of Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston; current big project is the 30-mile planned Mass Central Rail Trail:

Massachusetts Snow Trails


    Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts site has events, trail reports, and news:


Massachusetts Waterway and Boating Trails


Massachusetts Statewide Advocacy and Resources

Massachusetts State Trails Program


Massachusetts Outdoor Recreation




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