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Discover accessible trails in Massachusetts state parks.

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.

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 or would like hiking recommendations for your area, please contact us.

Boston region

Park

Community

Trail name

Miles

Surface 

Description

Beaver Brook

Belmont

Loop starting in main parking lot

0.75

   

Breakheart Reservation

Saugus, Wakefield

Pine tops road

1

Paved

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

Castle Island

Boston

Castle Island Loop

0.75

Paved

 

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

East Boston

Belle Isle Meadow Loop

0.6

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 (upper)

Waltham, Newton

Farwell to Elm Street Loop

1.6

   

Charles River Reservation (upper)

Waltham, Newton

Galen to Bridge Street Loop

1.6

   

Charles River Reservation (upper)

Waltham, Newton

Moody to Prospect Loop

0.5

 

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

Charles River Reservation Esplanade

Boston

Esplanade Loop

1.5

   

Mary O'Malley Park

Chelsea

Mary O'Malley Loop

1

   

Middlesex Fells Reservation

Malden, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester

Spot Pond Loop

0.6

   

Nahant Beach

Lynn

Nahant Beach Promenade Trail

3

Paved

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

Nantasket Beach

Hull

Promenade

1.5

   

Pleasure Bay

Boston

Pleasure Bay Loop

1.9

   

Revere Beach Reservation

Revere

Revere Beach Blvd. Trail

0.8

   

Spectacle Island

Boston

Perimeter Trail

1.5

   

Wollaston Beach

Quincy

Manet Community Center Road to Health Trail

2

   

Webb Memorial State Park

Weymouth

n/a

1

Stone dust

 

North region

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.
Cochituate State Park Framingham Snake Brook Trail 1.5    
Harold Parker State Forest North Andover Accessible trail at Berry Pond 1    
Lowell Heritage State Park Lowell Lowell Esplanade 1.5    

South region

Park Community Trail Name Miles Surface  Description
Cape Cod Rail Trail South Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet Cape Cod Trail Trail 22    
Fall River Heritage State Park Fall River Boardwalk 0.75 Wooden boardwalk
Horseneck Beach State Reservation Westport Beach Road 2    
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

Park Community Trail name Miles Surface  Description
Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park Blackstone, Millville, Uxbridge Blackstone River Greenway 3.7    
Dunn State Park Gardner Dunn Pond Loop Trail 1 Stone dust A three-quarter-mile stone dust trail that loops through the forest
J. Harry Rich State Forest Groton Nashua River Accessible Trail 0.25 Stone dust  
Nashua River Rail Trail Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Dunstable Nashua River Rail Trail 11    
Wendell State Forest Wendell Friendly Trail 0.5 Stone dust The half-mile “Friendly trail” from the park headquarters to Ruggles Pond has a moderate descent through the forest. The trail leads to a picnic area and an undeveloped waterfront with a view of beaver lodges.
Wells State Park Sturbridge Mill Pond Trail 1 Stone dust A 1-mile loop through forested area that includes wetlands and historic stonework.

West region

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    
Chicopee Memorial State Park Chicopee Snake Boot Trail 2.4    
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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