MARSHFIELD RAIL TRAIL & BRIDLE TRAIL:
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Last Updated: May 13, 2023
Length: Marshfield Rail Trail & Bridle Trail; 3.4 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Mostly flat, with some slight grades. Mostly stone-dust, with some hard packed dirt and gravel rail trail.
To Start from the CVS/Ocean Street parking lot [Southern End]; From the junction of Route 3A & 139 follow Route 3A & 139 SE to Marshfield. Continue east on Route 139 (Ocean St) to the first intersection. Turn left into CVS where you'll find a Map Board and parking at back of the lot. Trail begins off Ocean St.
The Marshfield Rail Trail & Bridle Trail follows the rail bed of the former Old Colony Railroad. Beginning in 1871, a branch of what became the Old Colony Railroad traveled from Quincy to Kingston, passing through the towns of Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield, and Duxbury. The 1938 hurricane severely damaged the tracks at the North River, which were subsequently removed, putting an end to rail service from that point south. For more information visit; NORTH & SOUTH RIVERS WATERSHED ASSOC .
Starting from the Ocean Street parking lot [Southern End]; Map Board located here. To your left is Dandelion Park. The Marshfield Rail Trail begins here as a paved trail before quickly becoming stone-dust. Follow a causeway through a brackish tidal marsh, crossing a bridge over the South River. A small berm the leads down to S River St at 0.4 miles. Pass a Map board as you travel back up to the rail bed. This section is called the Marshfield Bridle Trail and consists of hard packed dirt & gravel. Follows a power line along a partially shaded corridor. Reverts back to stone-dust after 1 mile. Cross Clay Pit Rd at 1.5 miles. Cross Ferry Street to a parking lot at 2 miles. Site of the former 1871 Marshfield Center RR Station. Short section of hard packed dirt & gravel. Cross Pinehurst Rd at 3.2 miles. Come to the Station Street sub-station after 3.4 miles and the end of the trail. Station St out to your right.
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CLICK HERE FOR BRIDLE TRAIL MAP
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BIKE IT OR HIKE IT