DCR Multi-Use Trail Repair and Restoration Program

DCR owns and manages over 3,300 miles of forest roads and trails including over 250 miles of surface rail trails and multi-use pathways.
Crib Wall Repairs
Crib Wall Repairs by Student Conservation Association Crew, Massasoit State Park - Taunton

DCR Recreational Facilities Planning group has been working to assess, prioritize, repair and restore high priority trails in poor condition or that pose safety concerns. Restoration work may include re-paving, patching, drainage improvements, boardwalks, treadway improvements, trail closures and new trail connections.

Upcoming / Planned Trail Restoration Projects

  • Repairs and enhancements to the off-highway motorcycle trail at Freetown Fall River State Forest, Fall River
  • Tread, drainage and signage improvements to various trails at Savoy Mountain State Forest, Savoy
  • Repairs to the Upper Charles River Rail at Forest Grove , Newton
  • Tread and drainage repairs to the Bay Circuit Trail in Boxford State Forest, Middleton
  • Resurfacing of the shared use pathway at Nahant Beach, Nahant
  • Repaving of the Health Heart Loop at Chicopee State Park, Chicopee
  • Path repairs and resurfacing of the Upper Charles River Greenway, Farwell to Elm Streets, Watertown
  • Repairs to correct erosion and trail safety on the Halfway House Trail at Skinner State Park, South Hadley

Completed Trail Restoration Projects

2019

  • Construction of stone steps on the New England Trail, at Mount Holyoke Range State Park, Granby
  • Tread and drainage repairs to Park Road at Upton State Forest, Upton
  • Improvements and bog bridges at Dubuque State Forest, Hawley 
  • Root repairs and repaving on the Mystic River Greenway, Somerville
  • Improvements and resurfacing of the Accessible Highland Lake Trail at D.A.R. State Forest, Goshen
  • Trail, signage and drainage improvements to various trails at Leominster State Forest, Leominster 
  • Repairs and general maintenance to the Cliff Pond Loop at Nickerson State Park, Brewster
  • Stone steps installation on the Pine Hill Trail at Wachusett Mountain State Reservation, Princeton

2018

  • Reconstruction and surface improvements to the Southern New England Trunkline Trail, Bellingham & Franklin
  • Trail to the Reservoir Trail at the Middlesex Fells Reservation, Stoneham and Medford
  • Nashua River Rail Trail pavement repairs, Pepperell, Groton and Ayer
  • Merrimack River Trail, Vandenberg Esplanade, pavement repairs, Lowell Heritage State Park
  • Paved pathway resurfacing, Correllus State Forest, Martha’s Vineyard
  • Treadway repairs to Turner’s Notch Trail, Mount Holyoke Range State Park, Hadley
  • Major resurfacing of the Paul Dudley White Pathway along the Charles River in Boston
  • Blackstone Heritage: Timber bridge construction and rerouting of the historic Goat Hill Trail, Blackstone Heritage State Park
  • Mt Greylock: Trail improvements and tent pad construction, Deer Hill Trail and shelter area, Mount Greylock State Reservation
  • Northfield: Trail clarification, sign installation, and trail closures, Northfield State Forest

2017

  • Reconstruction and of the Upper Charles River Greenway, south side of the Charles, Newton / Watertown
  • Patching root damage on the Frost Pocket Path at Myles Standish State Forest, Carver
  • Reconstruction of the accessible loop at Lake Park, Quinsigamond State Park, Worcester
  • Repairs to the accessible Tranquility Trail, Pittsfield State Forest
  • Repairs to single-track mountain bike trails at Dubuque State Forest, Hawley
  • Construction of a missing link on the Mystic River Reservation, Medford
  • Trail repairs, closures, and bog bridging at Massasoit State Park, Taunton
  • Trail reconstruction of a section of the Fenway Path, Brookline Avenue to Avenue Louis Pasture, Boston

2016

  • Reconstruction and of the Upper Charles River Greenway, Galen to Bridge Streets, Watertown
  • Reconstruction of four segments of the Paul Dudley White Bike Path, Hatch Shell to Artesani Playground
  • Patching paved bike paths at Nickerson State Forest
  • Repairs and trail closures at Wrentham State Forest
  • Treadway repairs to Old Mountain Path and Pocumtuc Ridge Summit Trail, Mt Sugarloaf State Reservation
  • Tread and drainage improvements on the Pittsfield State Forest Skyline Trail

2015

  • Trail re-routes, new hiking trail connections and closures at Myles Standish State Forest
  • Patching and repairs to the Rocky Pond Bike Path, Myles Standish State Forest
  • New trail connections and trail restoration and repairs on bike paths at Wompatuck State Forest
  • Patching of root damage on the Cape Cod Rail Trail
  • Reconstruction of sections of the Mystic River Reservation paths from Alewife Brook Parkway to Auburn Street
  • Tread maintenance and trail closures at Freetown – Fall River State Forest
  • Full reconstruction of 8.5 miles of the Mass Central Rail Trail – Norwottuck

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