FALL RIVER REGIONAL BIKEWAY:

FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS

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Last Updated:       June 15, 2012

Length:                 South Watuppa Pond Path; 0.7 miles.

                               Fall River Heritage State Park Walkway; 1.2 miles.

                               Bouthot Memorial Bike Path; I was unable to check out this newly opened path and do not know the length.

Difficulty:             South Watuppa Pond Path; Easy. Flat paved rail trail. 

                               Fall River Heritage State Park Walkway; Easy. Flat paved, sidewalk & stone-dust trail. Boardwalk section does not allow bikes. 

                               Bouthot Memorial Bike Path; Easy. Paved trail up and over the bridge.

Directions:     

For the South Watuppa Pond Path; From I-195 eastbound take exit 9 and turn right on Old Bedford Rd, then right again also on Old Bedford Rd. Turn right on Route 6 and park on your left next to the trail just before reaching LePage's Seafood. From I-195 westbound take exit 10 to Route 88, then a right onto Route 6 west. Park on your left next to the trail just before reaching LePage's Seafood as you travel next to the pond.

For the Fall River Heritage State Park Walkway; From I-195 take exit 5 to Route 79 north. Take the next right onto N Davol St/Route 138 (one-way). Take a quick left underneath Route 79 and left again along N Davol St (one-way). Follow past the first Heritage State Park Boathouse parking area and second Heritage State Park Visitor Center parking area to Central St and turn right. This will bring you down to the Battleship Cove parking area on the right.

For the Bouthot Memorial Bike Path; There are currently no parking areas available.

The Fall River Regional Bikeway, once completed, will link many of Fall River's most beautiful areas including Bicentennial Park, Heritage State Park and Britland Park. The path will traverse along scenic South Watuppa Pond and the Quequechan and Taunton Rivers. Finally it will cross over the Taunton River via the Veterans Memorial Bridge along a bike path dedicated to Pvt. M Bouthot (killed in Iraq in 2006) to Somerset. Currently, only bits and pieces of this planned bikeway have been built. The South Watuppa Pond Path is partially complete, as is the Heritage State Park Walkway and the Bouthot Memorial Bike Path is done. The Quequechan River Bike Path is a project composed of three phases. Each phase of the project will connect to create a bike way that allows transportation across the city utilizing the old RR bed along the river. The Old Colony Railroad terminated in Fall River in 1854. On April 9, 1861, the Old Colony was authorized to build and operate a railroad from the end of track in Fall River, to the Rhode Island state line, to connect with a railroad to be built from Newport in a northerly direction. It was renamed the Old Colony & Newport Railway. For more information visit; FALL RIVER REGIONAL BIKEWAY .

The Fall River Regional Bikeway is part of the larger South Coast Bikeway , a planned 50-mile continuous system of bike paths and bike lanes that will connect Rhode Island to Cape Cod. Cities and towns included in this plan are Swansea, Somerset, Fall River, Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion, Wareham and Bourne. Several segments of the bikeway already exist in Swansea, Fall River, New Bedford, Fairhaven and Mattapoisett

South Watuppa Pond Path:

From the parking area next to LePage's Seafood head down to the paved trail. Heading east the trail quickly comes to an end at the Westport town line. Heading west from the town line the trail follows along the northern shore of South Watuppa Pond. Pass by a small shaded picnic area on your left that juts out into the pond. After only 0.7 miles the trail ends at Route 6.   

Fall River Heritage State Park Walkway:

Starting from the Battleship Cove parking lot; The Carousel Building, restrooms and food are all located here, as well as, access to BATTLESHIP COVE .

Note; Across Central St and right up Water St is the Old Colony & Fall River RR Museum . If you continue up Water St you'll pass by the MARITIME MUSEUM , followed by the NARROWS CENTER for the ARTS and finally the Gates of Ponta Delgada. The city of Ponta Delgada, located in Azores, had gifted to Fall River these beautiful gates, replicas of the gates that welcomes visitors to that city. This site is the intended home of a Fall River train station, if and when the state ever delivers on its promise of rail service to Fall River.

From the parking lot cross the pedestrian bridge over the waterway to the FALL RIVER HERITAGE SP .

Note; The boardwalk that follows along the Taunton River restricts the use of bikes, so if you are biking head right.

Head right up the ramp to the Visitor Center. After checking it out bear right around the building and follow a stone-dust path around a grassy mall. You'll pass by a tree lined picnic area before travelling through the Heritage State Park Boathouse parking area. Continue north utilizing the sidewalk that runs between N Davol St and the boardwalk. Pass a wooden dock jutting out into the Taunton River and come to the start of a wide paved trail at 0.6 miles. Follow this trail along the rivers edge out and around a park at a  mile. A memorial to the Veterans of WW II and Iwo Jima stature is located here along with some restrooms. The paved trail ends as you come to three stone-dust paths. Bear left and follow this path across a parking lot to Brownell St at 1.3 miles. The trail currently ends here as of June 2012.

Bouthot Memorial Bike Path:

Starting from Wellington St in Fall River the paved trail travels alongside Route 138 to a ramp up and over the Veterans Memorial Bridge (Route 138) over the Taunton River to Somerset. The trail crosses Riverside Ave and travels along Route 6. It currently ends at Brayton Ave as of June 2012.

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