World War II Veterans Memorial Trail

Massachusetts

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World War II Veterans Memorial Trail Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Bristol
Length: 1.5 miles
Trail end points: East St. and Fruit St. at Mansfield Municipal Airport
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015975
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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World War II Veterans Memorial Trail Description

The World War II Veterans Memorial Trail opened in Mansfield in 2004 after several decades of advocacy by local rail-trail supporters. The trail rests on an abandoned corridor once served by the Old Colony Railroad. During World War II, the railroad transported American soldiers bound for Taunton’s Camp Myles Standish along the line in immediate advance of their departure to Europe.

In the present day, the paved trail links the edge of Mansfield’s downtown with the city’s municipal airport. Most of the route is through a dense grove of trees. At the northern end of the trail, a short trip on Old Colony Road—also built on the former rail corridor—leads directly to Mansfield’s MBTA commuter rail station.

Parking and Trail Access

Public parking can be found off Union Street at the Mansfield town square. Cross S. Main Street onto Webb Place to access the trail. The northern trailhead is just 1 block north.

World War II Veterans Memorial Trail Reviews

The trail is pretty much a straight shot with no hills. I have ridden my bike on this trail many times and there is always a good mix of joggers, bikers, and walkers, but it is never too crowded -- I do ride my bike at a nice leisurely pace but, even so, I rarely have to stop or slow down. The trail itself is paved and in very good condition. On one side of the trail there is even a strip of finely crushed stone that you can bike on when you want to take a break from the smooth asphalt. Set down in a residential area, you are never far from civilization, but there are woods on either side of you and the atmosphere is quiet and relaxing.

We ride this trail a lot. Nice flat black topped surface, many benches along the way to stop and take a break. Short ride but worth it!

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