MassTrails Priority Trails Network Vision

The MassTrails Team is pleased to share its Priority Trails Network vision map. The trails shown on this map were selected from many envisioned by communities, trail groups, and agency staff. They represent priorities to be a worked toward, but they are not the only places MassTrails Team attention and funding will be devoted. Also, as key gaps in this network are completed new priorities will be identified and pursued.

This Priority Trails Network has been identified, and the MassTrails Team will be working toward its realization, in recognition of the many transportation, recreation, environmental, economic, and other benefits trails provide.

Since 2019, a majority of MassTrails grants have focused on extending and connecting existing trails to one another, with the ultimate goal of having all trails statewide connect to this established framework. This statewide vision consists primarily of existing and to be built rail trails and greenways that form the core spine route of a statewide connected shared use path network. Where off-road facilities do not exist, high-comfort on-road bike infrastructure is proposed, such as separated bike lanes and side paths.

Examples include the Mass Central Rail Trail, that when completed will span 104 miles from Boston to Northampton and intersect with 17 existing trails, and the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail which will travel through 8 communities over 25 miles between Lowell and Framingham. The opportunity also exists to connect to trail networks across state lines, with no fewer than nine potential connections shown.

Realization of the Priority Trails Network will be the work of many, especially those local organizations that are pursuing an individual segment in their community. The MassTrails Team is also actively partnering with national organizations such as the East Coast Greenway Alliance and regional planning agencies such as the Cape Cod Commission to ensure route continuity.

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MassTrails Priority Trails Network Vision MAP

This is an interactive map, meaning users may click on any segment to view trail name, municipality and MassDOT Project Information page (if applicable). 

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Priority List (west to east)

  • Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
  • Mohican Trail
  • North Adams Adventure Trail
  • Columbia Greenway Rail Trail
  • Southwick Rail Trail
  • Southampton Greenway Rail Trail
  • Manhan Rail Trail
  • Mass Central Rail Trail
  • Northampton Bikeway
  • Titanic Rail Trail
  • Connecticut River Walk and Bikeway
  • Southern New England Trunkline Trail
  • Twin Cities Rail Trail
  • Assabet River Rail Trail
  • Bruce Freeman Rail Trail
  • Yankee Doodle Bikeway
  • Border to Boston Trail
  • Wakefield-Lynnfield Rail Trail
  • Methuen Rail Trail
  • Lawrence and Manchester Rail Trail
  • Concord River Greenway
  • Middlesex Canal Trail
  • Reformatory Branch Rail Trail
  • Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
  • Chelsea Greenway
  • Mary Ellen Welch East Boston Greenway
  • Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path
  • Mystic River Reservation Bike Path
  • Boston Harborwalk
  • Neponset River Greenway
  • Grand Junction Path
  • Watertown-Cambridge Greenway
  • Bay Colony Rail Trail
  • Upper Charles Trail
  • Blackstone River Greenway
  • Quequechan River Rail Trail
  • Mattapoisett Rail Trail
  • Marion Rail Trail
  • Cape Cod Rail Trail
  • Shining Sea Bikeway
  • Bourne Rail Trail

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