Biking season is ramping up as temperatures rise this spring. Bicycling is a sport for people of almost all ages. During the current pandemic, with the need to keep space between us, bicycling may be the ideal outdoor activity for adults, kids and families to do together. All of the New England states are honeycombed with bike paths. You can easily stay in your home state and find a bike path for brisk exercise in the outdoors. Take a look at our state-by-state information on bike paths and trails.
New Hampshire — The bike trails of the Granite State take peddlers past ocean shores and inland lakes, and up and down glorious mountain passes. Some bike paths travel through or near state parks, so you can count on a rest rooms stop, as needed. In the White Mountains region Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center in Gorham can get you geared up with rented equipment for road biking as well as mountain biking on its own carriage roads.
Vermont — Vermonters are hearty people who take outdoor sports seriously, and that includes bicycling. A variety of trails take bikers into mountains or near Lake Champlain. The Stowe Recreational Trail in the village of Stowe treats bikers to trips across several wooden bridges. The Burlington Bike Path travels through a city blessed with waterfront parks and Island Line Rail Trail travels from Burlington and across a causeway onto South Hero Island. Guests at the Woodstock Inn and Resort in Woodstock have the extra benefit of complimentary bikes available on the property. Guests at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee have access to a quiet, winding road that hugs the lake shoreline.
Massachusetts — Bike paths in Massachusetts are, predictably, as diverse as the state itself. If you love cities, you can bicycle through Boston’s Arnold Arboretum or on the Minuteman Bike Trail or the Charles River Bike paths. The Blackstone River Greenway takes riders through forested areas on the southeast part of the state where the earliest mills in America will built on this important river. Bike trails are abundant in the more-rural western Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. On Cape Cod, the national seashore has extensive bike and walking trails, as is also the case on Martha’s Vineyard. In fact, the Winnetu Oceanside Resort on Martha’s Vineyard will supply bikes for guests and info about nearby bike paths.
Rhode Island — The East Bay Bike Path, from Providence through Barrington, Warren, and Bristol, travels down the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay and passes through the vast, shoreline Colt State Park. This is a famous path, frequently by bikers from all around. The Blackstone River Bikeway, in the interior north-central part of the state, shares with Massachusetts a historic region where the first textile mills in America began operations in the 1700s. In the rural, inland South County, bike paths travel through pretty, small towns and pass the vast farm fields around the University of Rhode Island in Kingston
Maine — The East Coast Greenway is a bike trail connecting Florida to Maine, where it takes riders around the coastal city of Portland. In the inland region of forests and mountains, the Kennebec River Rail Trail hitchhikes on city part trails in the cities of Augusta, Hallowell, Farmingdale, and Gardiner. The famous carriage roads of Acadia National Park, in the Down East region near Bar Harbor, offer bicycling on roads decorated with charming bridges, designed for horse-drawn carriages in the 19th century.