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This overview map has been compiled by Bryce Nesbitt to show the geographical relationships between various existing, proposed and potential rail-trails as well as other long distance multi-use trails in the State.
This 125-year-old Boston city park and Harvard research center was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and has a wonderful set of roads which are mostly closed to motorized traffic. While they were once closed to bicycles, that is no longer true. [MassBike site]
This State Park in Rockport on Cape Anne is built around an old granite quarry, thus some of the trails utilize the beds of the quarry railroad.
A 3.5 section of the canal system within the Lowell National Historic Park is briefly described in section I of the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press. Note that this is a water trail used by National Park Service operated canal boats on a seasonal basis.
A new website has been created for the Mass Central Railroad as a whole, with pointers & maps (eventually) for all the individual trail efforts along the way.
A paved road to the summit of Mount Tom is apparently closed to vehicles, except those required to service the TV transmitters located near the mountain top. This paved service road apparently occupies the bed of the Mt. Tom Railroad, and thus qualifies as a 'rail-trail. Views On and About Mt. Tom and Mt. Tom Railroad is the Web Posting of a booklet published in 1912 about the mountain and its unusual trolley line.
A 0.5 section of trail within the Quincy Quarries is briefly described in section J of the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press.
A potential Rail-trail that is open on an informal basis only at its two ends
Books about the Trail:
A 5 mile section of the Trail within Boston (Back Bay Station to Forest Hills Station) is described in section 17 of the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press. This trail listing contains a photograph, historical description, trail head directions and parking, a trail map, trail details, a local trail manager contact, and much more.
Unpaved - open on an informal basis between Winchendon and Baldwinville
Unpaved - open on an informal basis south of Baldwinville to Route 2 embankment
Unpaved - open for public use between Baldwinville and Coldbrook
A proposed extension of the Bedford Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail through Billerica.
Updated on December 11, 2002 by Kenyon F.
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