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Massachusetts National Recreation Trails

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NRTBrowse all National Recreation Trails in Massachusetts: There are 240.75 miles of NRTs in Massachusetts and 20 trails!

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Massachusetts Bicycling and Mountain Biking

 

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: www.amcberkshire.org/

    Boston Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club: www.amcboston.org/

    Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the AMC has hiking information: www.amcsem.org

    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: www.wapack.org/

    Worcester Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club has trip reports, events, and contacts: www.amcworcester.org/

    American Volkssport Association hosts year-round walking events; search by state at: www.ava.org/ava_search.asp

 

Massachusetts Long-Distance Trails

 

Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Trails

 

    Western Massachusetts ATV Association has information on maintenance projects, events, and trails to ride: www.westernmassatv.org/

    New England All Terrain Vehicle Association has photos, events, clubs, and riding areas: http://neatva.tripod.com/

    New England Trail Riders Association includes contacts, news, and events: www.netra.org

Massachusetts Rail Trails and Canal Trails

 

    Rail-trails including maps, access points, and history from rails-to-trails books at Trails.com:

    Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in the central-northern Berkshires stretches 11 miles from Lanesborough to Adams, with restrooms available along the way: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks

    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: www.arrtinc.org/

    Bay Colony Rail Trail is proposed between Newton-Needham-Dover-Medfield: http://baycolonyrailtrail.org/

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

    Cape Cod Rail Trail runs 22 miles through from Dennis to Wellfleet: www.trailsfromrails.com/cape_cod_trail.htm

    More Cape Cod area trails: www.capecodbikeguide.com/trails.asp

    Central Highlands Conservancy plans to purchase former railroad corridors to preserve them for trail use: www.chc-llc.org/

    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: www.coastaltrails.org/j1/

    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: www.grandtrunktrailblazers.org/

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

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

    Minuteman Bikeway passes through the historic area where the American Revolution began, Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge: www.minutemanbikeway.org/

    Nashua River Rail Trail is 11 miles long, connecting Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable is paved with an additional gravel path for horseback riding: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/nashua-river-rail-trail.html

    Norwottock Rail Trail, part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park, runs ten miles through Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst: www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/nwrt.htm

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

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

    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: www.wachusettgreenways.org

Massachusetts Snow Trails

 

    Snowmobile Association of Massachusetts site has events, trail reports, and news: www.sledmass.com/

 

Massachusetts Waterway and Boating Trails

 

Massachusetts Statewide Advocacy and Resources

 

Massachusetts State Trails Program

 

Massachusetts Outdoor Recreation

 

 

 

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