The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) started the Coast Guide project to help the public get to and enjoy the 25 percent of the state’s coastline that is open to the public. Coast Guide includes two major components:
- Coast Guide Online - CZM’s new approach to Coast Guide is bringing the vast amount of data about public open space along the shoreline into sophisticated, interactive mapping software. This online mapping tool, first launched in 2013, can be used to find (and find out about) coastal areas that are open to the public. It includes hundreds of sites along the Massachusetts coast—from sandy beaches to secluded coves, rocky shores, and boat ramps—owned by government agencies and major nonprofits. These sites have been mapped in Google Earth, an easy-to-use and powerful online mapping tool, where each public location is tagged with a name, owner, web link, and picture (if available). Users may use additional Google Earth offerings, such as user photos, trails, and places of interest, to create a customized map. As of spring 2013, all federal, state, and county coastal public access sites have been mapped; town and land conservation organization sites will be added as soon as possible.
- Massachusetts Coast Guide to Boston Harbor and the North Shore - The original "Coast Guide," this publication was first released in 1995, then updated and printed in 2005. It includes nearly 400 public access sites from Salisbury to Hingham—ranging from expansive beaches to out-of-the-way scenic vistas. While no longer available in print, the online version includes 22 maps with site descriptions.