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Rails-to-Trails - New England

This page provides a guide to abandoned railroad right-of-ways converted to rail-trails for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, snowmobiling, and recreation in New England

Airline Rail Trail - 50 mile rail-trail on the former New Haven Railroad from near the Connecticut River to the Massachusetts border

Alburg Recreational Rail-Trail - 3.5-mile cinder and gravel rail-trail between Alburg Village and East Alburg, Vermont

Ammonoosuc Rail Trail - 20-mile gravel rail-trail between Littleton and Woodsville, New Hampshire

Aroostook Valley Trail - 75-mile gravel and original ballast trail through remote areas of Maine between Washburn and Van Buren on the former Aroostook Valley Railroad grade

Ashuelot Rail Trail - 23-mile rail-trail on a former Boston & Maine Railroad grade between Keene and Hinsdale in southwestern New Hampshire

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail - 11-mile rail-trail between Lanesborough and Adams, Massachusetts on the former Pittsfield & North Adams Railroad right-of-way (later Boston & Maine)

Assabet River Rail Trail - 12.5-mile paved rail-trail in Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton, Massachusetts, along the abandoned rail bed of the former Marlborough Branch Railroad

Bedford Narrow-Gauge Rail Trail - 3-mile rail-trail on the former Billerica & Bedford Railroad grade in Bedford, Massachusetts

Blackstone River Bikeway - 8-mile rail-trail in Lincoln and Cumberland, Rhode Island; the trail will ultimately extend 48 miles from Providence to Worcester, Massachusetts

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail - Proposed rail trail through the communities of Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and Framingham in Massachusetts, following the 25-mile route of the old New Haven Railroad Framingham & Lowell line

Burlington Waterfront Bike Path - 7.5-mile paved rail-trail along the shore of Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont

Cape Cod Rail Trail - 22-mile rail-trail on the former Old Colony Railroad grade through the towns of Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Carrabassett River Trail (Narrow Gauge Trail) - 6-mile rail-trail on the former Sandy River & Rangely Lakes Railroad grade between Carrabassett and Bigelow, Maine

Cochituate Rail Trail - 4-mile rail-trail under development between the Village of Saxonville in Framingham to Natick Center, Massachusetts

Cross Vermont Trail Association - Building a 75-mile trail, including existing railbeds, from Vermont's western border on Lake Champlain to its eastern border in the Village of Wells River on the Connecticut River

Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail - 20-mile rail-trail on a former D&H right-of-way between West Rupert and Castleton, Vermont

Derry Rail Trail - 3-mile trail on the former Boston & Maine Railroad grade in Derry, New Hampshire

East Bay Bike Path - 14-mile rail-trail runs south from India Point Park in Providence to Independence Park in Bristol, Rhode Island

Eastern Trail - 65-mile rail-trail under development on the former Eastern Railroad grade between South Portland, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Farmington Canal Rail-to-Trail Association - Maintains the Farmington Canal Heritage Greenway which covers 84 miles from New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts

Farmington Valley Trails Council - Supports the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail (FCHT) and Farmington River Trail, two multi-use rail-trails in Connecticut

Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways (FNTG) - Dedicated to expanding the rail-trail network in Northampton, Massachusetts

Granite Town Rail-Trail - 3-mile cinder rail-trail on the former Brookline & Milford Railroad grade in Milford, New Hampshire

Greenville Junction to Shirley Mills Rail Trail - 6.5-mile gravel and dirt rail-trail on the former Bangor & Aroostook Railroad grade through the bogs between Greenville Junction (Moosehead Lake) and Shirley Mills (Shirley Pond), Maine

Hop River State Park Trail - 19-mile rail-trail from Manchester to Columbia/Windham, Connecticut

Island Line Trail - 5-mile rail-trail on the former Rutland-Canadian Railroad's causeway to the Lake Champlain Islands, Vermont

Lagrange Right-of-Way Trail - 15-mile gravel rail-trail on the former Bangor & Aroostook Railroad grade between Lagrange and Medford, Maine

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail - Planned 92-mile rail-trail on the former St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain Railroad route between St. Johnsbury and Swanton, Vermont

Londonderry Rail Trail - Proposed 6-mile rail-trail in Londonderry, New Hampshire

Manhan Rail Trail - 4.2-mile rail-trail in Easthampton, Massachusetts

Marblehead Rail-Trail - 5-mile gravel rail-trail on the former Eastern Railroad's Swampscott Branch between Marblehead, Salem, and Swampscott, Massachusetts

Mason Railroad Trail - 7-mile rail-trail from Wilton, New Hampshire to Townsend, Massachusetts

Mason-Greenville Railroad Trail - 7-mile rail-trail on the former Boston & Maine Railroad grade between Mason and Greenville in southern New Hampshire

Mass Central Rail Trail - Rail-trail under development on a former 104-mile Boston & Maine Railroad grade between Northampton and Boston, Massachusetts

Minuteman Bikeway - 11-mile paved trail through the Boston, Massachusetts suburbs of Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge, converted in 1993 from a railroad grade

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail - 26-mile crushed limestone rail-trail on the former Central Vermont Railway's Richford Branch between St. Albans and Richford, Vermont

Monadnock Branch Rail-Trail - 8-mile rail-trail between Rindge and Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Monroe Housatonic Railbed Trail - 4-mile rail-trail on a former Housatonic Railroad grade in Monroe, Connecticut

Montpelier & Wells River Trail - 14.5-mile rail-trail on the former Montpelier & Wells River Railroad grade between Ricker Pond State Park and Marshfield, Vermont

Moosup Valley Trail - 8-mile rail-trail in northeastern Connecticut on the railbed of the Moosup Sterling Line, part of the Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad

Nashua River Rail Trail - 11-mile rail-trail through Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, and Dunstable, Massachusetts on the former Hollis Branch of the Boston & Maine Railroad

Neponset River Greenway - Rail-trail under development near Boston, Massachusetts over the former Dorchester and Milton Branch Railway

Northern Line Rail-Trail - 48-mile rail-trail on the former Boston & Maine Railroad grade between Franklin and Lebanon, New Hampshire

Northern Rail Trail - 23-mile rail-trail in the scenic Mascoma Valley of central New Hampshire, along the old roadbed of the Boston & Maine Railroad's Northern Line between Lebanon and Grafton

Norwottuck Rail Trail - 11-mile rail-trail along the former Boston & Maine Railroad right-of-way through the towns of Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst, Massachusetts

Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail - 1.25-mile rail-trail on the former Kennebec Central Railroad roadbed in Randolph, Maine

Phoenix Bike Trail - 3-mile paved rail-trail in Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Portsmouth Branch Rail-Trail - 26-mile rail-trail on a former Boston & Maine Railroad grade between Manchester and Newfields in southern New Hampshire

Presidential Range Rail Trail - 18-mile unimproved rail-trail on the former New Hampshire & Vermont Railroad between Whitefield and Gorham, New Hampshire

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy - Preserves unused rail corridors in the US by transforming them into trails

Ridgefield Rail Trail - 2.3-mile rail-trail in Ridgefield, Connecticut

Rockingham Recreational Trail - Fremont Branch - 18-mile rail-trail on the former Boston & Maine Railroad grade between Derry and Fremont in southern New Hampshire

Shining Sea Bikeway - 11-mile paved trail follows the former Cape Cod Central Railroad in Falmouth, Massachusetts

Solon To Bingham Rail Trail - 7-mile crushed stone trail on a former logging railroad grade between Bingham and Salon, Maine, connecting with the Kennebec Valley Trail to Emden

Southern New England Trunkline Trail - 22-mile rail-trail between Franklin and Douglas, Massachusetts

Squannacook River Rail Trail - Proposed 3.7 mile recreational trail in Townsend and Groton, Massachusetts

St. John Valley Heritage Trail - 16-mile rail-trail from Fort Kent, Maine that follows the St. John River

Sugar River Recreation Trail - 8-mile gravel rail-trail on the former Claremont & Concord Railroad grade between Newport and Claremont, New Hampshire

Upper Charles Trail - 27-mile rail-trail under construction, connecting Milford, Hopkinton, Ashland, Sherborn, and Holliston, Massachusetts

Ware River Rail-Trail - 12-mile rail-trail between Coldbrook Springs and Baldwinville, Massachusetts

Warren-East Haverhill Railroad Grade Trail - 9.4-mile rail-trail on a former Boston & Maine Railroad grade between Warren and Haverhill, New Hampshire

Whistle Stop Rail-Trail - 13-mile rail-trail on the former Maine Central Railroad grade between Jay and Farmington in western Maine

Windham Rail Trail - 4-mile paved rail trail in Windham, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro-Sanbornville Recreational Trail (Cotton Valley Trail) - 12-mile rail-trail between the eastern shores of Lake Winnepesaukee at Wolfeboro and a restored railroad turntable at Sanbornville, New Hampshire

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