Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Massachusetts
The East Coast Greenway route in Massachusetts passes through a variety of landscapes including downtown Boston, coastal communities, rural farmland, and mill villages from the American Industrial Revolution. The route enters Massachusetts from the north in Salisbury. Many trails are being constructed in the North Shore region, including the Border to Boston Trail and the Northern Strand Community Trail comprise over 20 miles of completed rail-trail.
Heading west from Boston to Waltham, the ECG follows the Charles River Bikepath for twelve miles past the Museum of Science (on the Cambridge/Boston line) and the Museum of Industry (in Waltham), as well as past the campuses of MIT and Harvard. From there, the future Mass Central Rail-Trail will take ECG users to the Wachusett Reservoir, just north of Worcester. From Worcester to the Rhode Island line, the ECG follows the Blackstone River Bikeway in an historic region that was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.
An alternate route is being developed to link Boston and Providence, RI via Cape Cod (using ferry service between Boston and the Cape). Trails that may become part of this alternate include the Cape Cod Rail Trail and the Phoenix Rail-Trail (Fairhaven, MA). This alternate will cross from Swansea, MA to Warren, RI where the trail will head north along the East Bay Bike Path to Providence.
27% of the 148 miles that comprise the spine route in Massachusetts are completed as trail, and another 26% are in development. The ECGA is working to gain greater political support and funding to advance the Greenway in each of the state’s three subregions: NH to Boston, Boston to Worcester, and Worcester to RI. Advocacy groups are growing in strength in each of these areas, which bodes well for Greenway development.
To learn more about the trail progress and activities in Massachusetts, visit the MA Committee page. For specific information on the Blackstone Greenway (under development to connect Worcester, MA with Providence, RI), check out this page, courtesy of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (it will open in a new window)
ECG Maps and Cue Sheets
The ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device. The ECG smartphone app (available for both iPhones and Android) makes on-the-route navigation easy.
The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in Massachusetts. Partners include but are not limited to:
Bike to the Sea http://www.biketothesea.com
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority http://www.mbta.com
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation http://www.mass.gov/dcr
Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation http://www.eot.state.ma.us
Wachusett Greenways http://www.wachusettgreenways.org
Massachusetts Mile Sponsors – thank you for your support! Your inscriptions are listed on our website and will eventually be posted on a kiosk along the route in Massachusetts. Find out more about the Mile Sponsor Program.
For those who don’t know how to ride, contact the Bicycle Riding School, in Somerville Mass, where around 2,000 people have learned to ride over the last 25 years, www.BicycleRidingSchool.org.