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Accessible trails

Discover paved rail trails and accessibly-designed hiking trails in Massachusetts state parks.

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Types of accessible trails

There are many different types of accessible trails in Massachusetts state parks. Any rail trail offers you a paved, level experience for access to natural areas and exercise. Several parks also offer accessibly-designed hiking trails in scenic, natural settings. These accessible trails are either paved or made from stone dust and are usually under a mile long.

All of our accessible trails have a firm, stable surface, without large roots or rocks. The trails are at least 36 inches wide, and usually wider. The slopes on these trails may be higher than the slopes you find on an accessible route, as the trail winds through the landscape. Many of our accessible trails follow the US Forest Service Trail Accessibility Guidelines for sustainable trails for all.

To help you plan your hike, the Universal Access Program is working on updating information about our trails. If you have questions about a trail, would like to recommend a trail for this list, or if you would like hiking recommendations for your area, please contact us.

Boston region accessible trails

A stone dust trail winds through a flat, grassy meadow with few trees. The trail connects to a bridge that crosses a river lined with tall plants. Past the bridge, the trail splits. In the distance, a hill with houses is visible.
Belle Isle Meadow Loop at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.



Trail name




Beaver Brook


Loop starting in main parking lot



Breakheart Reservation

Saugus, Wakefield

Pine tops road



A 1 mile paved forested roadway to Pearce Lake with moderate grades.

Castle Island


Castle Island Loop




Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

East Boston

Belle Isle Meadow Loop


Stone dust

This half-mile stone dust loop offers boardwalk access to the salt marsh, benches, dynamic birding, and views of planes flying into Logan airport. There are no restrooms.

Charles River Reservation Watertown Watertown Riverfront Park and Braille Trail 0.25 Stone dust This quarter-mile loop is located within the Watertown Riverfront Park sensory garden, at the intersection of Charles River Road and Irving Street. The sensory garden's elements incorporate several senses, including touch, hearing, and smell. The Braille Trail includes a guide wire with beads to mark  interpretive panels and seating. Interpretive panels are offered in both English and Braille.

Charles River Reservation (upper)

Waltham, Newton

Farwell to Elm Street Loop



Charles River Reservation (upper)

Waltham, Newton

Galen to Bridge Street Loop



Charles River Reservation (upper)

Waltham, Newton

Moody to Prospect Loop



A half-mile riverside trail that connects Waltham Center with an accessible canoe launch.

Charles River Reservation Esplanade


Esplanade Loop



Mary O'Malley Park


Mary O'Malley Loop



Middlesex Fells Reservation

Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester

Spot Pond Loop



Nahant Beach


Nahant Beach Promenade Trail



A wide, 3-mile paved pedestrian recreation path with views of the ocean bay and beach access.

Nantasket Beach





Pleasure Bay


Pleasure Bay Loop



Revere Beach Reservation


Revere Beach Blvd. Trail



Spectacle Island


Perimeter Trail



Wollaston Beach


Manet Community Center Road to Health Trail



Webb Memorial State Park




Stone dust

North region accessible trails

A paved walkway with handrails winds down to open water. Small, young trees are planted along the right side of the path on a gentle grassy hill. Mature trees are planted along the left side of the path, with two benches in front of them.
The accessible trail at Ashland State Park leads to the water.
Park Community Trail Name Miles Surface  Description
Ashland State Park Ashland Accessible Trail 0.25 Paved A quarter mile paved trail runs from the parking lot to the reservoir and offers benches and great views.
Bradley Palmer State Park Topsfield Accessible Trail 0.5 Stone dust This shaded trail travels over half a mile on level terrain along the Ipswich River.
Harold Parker State Forest North Andover Accessible trail at Berry Pond 1    
Lowell Heritage State Park Lowell Lowell Esplanade 1.5    

South region accessible trails

A boardwalk winds along a wide river that has many small boats moored in it. Trees are planted along the right side of the boardwalk, at the edge of a grassy field.
The boardwalk at Fall River Heritage State Park runs along the Taunton River.


Park Community Trail Name Miles Surface  Description
Cape Cod Rail Trail South Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet Cape Cod Trail Trail 22 Paved Much of the trail is flat, but several sections are steep. Accessible parking is provided in the DCR parking lot at Nickerson State Forest, near a flat section of the trail. 
Fall River Heritage State Park Fall River Boardwalk 0.75 Wooden boardwalk A wide boardwalk along the Taunton River.
Horseneck Beach State Reservation Westport Beach Road 2 Paved  
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest Edgartown, W. Tisbury, Oak Bluffs Bicycle Trail   Paved 10 miles of multi-use trail loop around the Forest, and a smaller 3-mile loop is located inside the Forest. Most of the path is flat, with a few steep sections on the south and southwest side of the Forest. Four paved parking lots are located in the Forest.
Scusset Beach State Reservation Sandwich Cape Cod Canal Pathway 7.5 Paved A 7.5 mile paved walkway skirts the Cape Cod Canal and offers a fishing pier.
Wompatuck State Park Hingham Wompatuck 1.25    

Central region accessible trails

dunn trail
The accessible trail at Dunn State Park winds through the woods.


Park Community Trail name Miles Surface  Description
Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park Blackstone, Millville, Uxbridge Blackstone River Greenway 3.7 Paved  
Dunn State Park Gardner Woodland Trail 1 Stone dust A three-quarter-mile stone dust trail that loops through the forest.
J. Harry Rich State Forest Groton John Tinker Trail 0.25 Stone dust This flat, out-and-back trail runs through the woods and along the Nashua River. It offers a bench at the beginning, two rest areas with benches along the way, and a bench and a picnic table at the end. The trailhead is on the north side of Nod Rd., approximately ½ mile ENE from Rte. 119 where it crosses the Nashua River. The lot at the head of the trail is unpaved and has one designated accessible parking space.
Nashua River Rail Trail Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Dunstable Nashua River Rail Trail 11 Paved Accessible parking is provided in the center of Groton at the Station Road entrance. 
Wells State Park Sturbridge Mill Pond Trail 1 Stone dust A 1-mile loop through forested area that includes wetlands and historic stonework. A paved vehicle road leads past the trailhead, but no parking is provided.

West region accessible trails

A stone dust trail runs down a gradual hill towards open water, then switches back while continuing downhill. The trail has raised wooden timbers along the sides. A stone bench is beside the trail.
The accessible trail at Mt. Tom State Reservation runs alongside Lake Bray.


Park Community Trail Name Miles Surface  Description
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Lanesborough, Cheshire, Adams Ashuwillticook Rail Trail 11 Paved  
Canalside Rail Trail East Deerfield, Turners Falls  Canalside Rail Trail 3.7    
DAR State Forest Goshen Accessible Trail 0.4 Stone dust Features a one-half mile stabilized stonedust trail that travels through the woods alongside Upper Highland lake. Includes benches, a fishing pier, and lakeside views.
Norwottuck Rail Trail Northampton, Hadley, Amherst, Belchertown Norwottuck Rail Trail 11 Paved  
Pittsfield State Forest Pittsfield Tranquility Trail 0.75 Paved A paved three-quarter mile trail known as the "Tranquility Trail" winds through the woods and crosses a brook.
Tolland State Forest East Otis Gilmore Short Loop Trail 1    
Mount Greylock State Reservation Lanesborough   0.25   This quarter-mile loop trail at the summit of Massachusetts' tallest peak has spectacular views.
Mount Tom State Reservation Holyoke Universal Access Trail 0.5 Stone dust A half-mile forested loop trail along Lake Bray with 2 accessible fishing piers.
Savoy Mountain State Forest Florida North Pond Loop (portion) 0.25 Stone dust A quarter mile of stabilized stone dust trail travels through woods and skirts the pond. Offers benches and views.



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Last updated: January 23, 2019