Cycling along Boston’s Charles River. Montague Bikes.com photo
Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Massachusetts
The East Coast Greenway in Massachusetts passes through a great mix of landscapes, from downtown Boston to coastal communities, rural farmland, and mill villages. Many trails are being constructed in the North Shore region, including the Border to Boston Trail and the Northern Strand Community Trail. Heading west from Boston to Waltham, the Greenway follows the Charles River Bike Path for 12 miles past the Museum of Science in Cambridge and the Museum of Industry in Waltham. From there, the future Mass Central Rail-Trail will take Greenway users to the Wachusett Reservoir, just north of Worcester. From Worcester to the Rhode Island line, the East Coast Greenway follows the Blackstone River Greenway in a region that was the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.
An coastal 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 complementary route include the Cape Cod Rail Trail, the Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, and the Phoenix Rail-Trail (Fairhaven, MA). This route will cross from Swansea, MA to Warren, RI where the trail will head north along the East Bay Bike Path to Providence.
The East Coast Greenway Alliance is working to gain 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. Current state committee projects include:
- Begin development of the Mass Central Rail-Trail
- Continue planning the Border-to-Boston Trail
- Recruit new volunteers to the state committee
How to get involved
- Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance. As a member, you’ll receive monthly news and features about the Greenway and its development.
- “Friend” us. For news about the Greenway, timely event notices, and other updates, follow the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Contact us. Let us know of your interest in volunteering. Contact:
- Dave Read, Chair, Massachusetts Committee for the ECGA
- Molly Henry, New England Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway, 610.348.4931
- 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.
- MassBike: http://www.massbike.org
- MA Dept. of Conservation & Recreation: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/index.htm
- Bay State Trail Riders Association (equestrian): http://www.bstra.org
Our partners and supporters in Massachusetts
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
- Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
- Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation
- South Coast Bikeway Alliance
- Wachusett Greenways
- Massachusetts Blueprint for Action
- Massachusetts Benchmark Assessment
- Trail Builder’s Toolbox – ECG trail building, routing, signing, and designation materials
- Advocacy Toolkit
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