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Massachusetts

Travel west from Boston along the Charles River Bike Path — busy year round with runners, cyclists, walkers, and boaters —before following the Blackstone River Greenway through the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.

Total Miles, Spine Route

138

Miles of Protected Greenway

40.2

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Current Progress

The East Coast Greenway in Massachusetts passes through a 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 Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation 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.

A coastal route is being developed to link Boston and Providence, Rhode Island, 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, Cape Cod Canal Bikeway, and Phoenix Rail-Trail in Fairhaven, Mass. This route will cross from Swansea, Mass., to Warren, R.I., where the trail will head north along the East Bay Bike Path to Providence.

 

Massachusetts Contacts

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Designated Trails in Massachusetts

Mileage counts reflect the portion of each trail that is part of East Coast Greenway.

  • Border to Boston Trail: Salisbury, Newburyport, Wenham, Danvers, & Peabody sections; 9.1 mi

  • Peabody Independence Greenway, Peabody; 1.7 mi

  • Salem Bike Path, Salem; 0.6 mi

  • Lynn Beach Promenade, Lynn; 1.65 mi

  • Lynnway sidepath, Lynn; 0.9 mi

  • Northern Strand Community Trail, Malden & Everett; 3.3 mi

  • Everett Bike Path, Everett; 1 mi

  • North Bank Park path, Boston-Cambridge; 0.6 mi

  • Charles River Bike Path, Boston-Watertown-Newton-Waltham; 12.5 mi

  • Blackstone River Bikeway, Worcester–Milbury; 2.4 mi
  • Blackstone RIver Bikeway, Blackstone; 3.7 mi

Complementary Routes

  • Mattapoisett Rail Trail, Mattapoisett; 1 mi

  • Cape Cod Rail Trail, 23 mi

 

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Riding along the Charles River. Montague Bikes photo

Partners in Massachusetts

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News and features of interest

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October 9, 2018

BUILDing capital: Trip to D.C. spotlights Greenway BUILD portfolio

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June 25, 2018

Kristine Keeney joins the Alliance as New England regional coordinator

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July 2, 2018

Hugging the coast: Weeks 7-8, Rhode Island to Maine

2018 New England Bike-Walk Summit

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April 30, 2018

Bringing new voices to the table: Strong partnerships featured at New England Bike-Walk Summit

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April 2, 2018

From our executive director: Taking stock of our progress, focusing on New England this spring

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February 20, 2018

Leaders to transform New England communities through safe biking, walking, and greenways

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