About the Taunton River Trail
The Taunton River Trail (TRT) is the product of decades of tireless advocacy and community engagement, and will provide safe transportation, fitness, and recreation along the federally-designated Wild & Scenic Taunton River. The TRT, once realized, will be a continuous 22+ mile network of shared use path extending from the mouth of the Taunton River at Fall River Heritage State Park northward through Fall River, Somerset, Dighton, and Taunton mostly along the federally designated Wild & Scenic Taunton River, and linking into the terminus of the Mansfield/Norton WWII Veterans Memorial Trail, which continues north for an additional 7 miles. The Taunton River Trail would connect directly into many dense urban areas in Fall River and Taunton and serve as a commuter bikeway into and out of those cities as well as the backbone of a high-comfort and low stress bicycle network along the Taunton River, providing safe cycling for everyday trips and recreational purposes.
The original design concept for the Taunton River Trail, consisting of a trail linking Pierce Beach in Somerset to the Gertrude M. Boyden Wildlife Sanctuary in Taunton, was first completed as a study in 1994 by students at the Conway School of Landscape Design for SRPEDD. Since its initial design concept, the TRT vision has been extended to ensure connectivity with other trail networks in the region. Once fully realized, the Taunton River Trail will serve as an essential north/south backbone route, linking into the South Coast Bikeway route in Somerset and Fall River to enable safe bicycle and pedestrian travel through Southeastern Massachusetts into Rhode Island, Cape Cod, and eventually the Greater Boston region.
Key Route Destinations
Listed from south to north: Fall River Waterfront Cultural District, Battleship Cove, Fall River Heritage State Park, Bicentennial Park, Veteran's Memorial Bridge, Slade's Ferry Crossing District, Pierce Beach & Playground, Village Waterfront Park, Broad Cove Coastal Access Trail, Broad Cove Nature Trail, Sweets Knoll State Park, Bristol County Agricultural High School, Gertrude M. Boyden Wildlife Sanctuary, Weir Village, Weir Riverfront Park, Downtown Taunton, Whittenton Village, Mansfield/Norton WWII Veteran's Memorial Trail.