This page was created by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bicycle and Recreational Path.
January, 2014 Update: The Town, The Friends, The Bike Path Committee and our Engineer CLE engineers have been meeting and working hard since fall to finalize a submission to state reviewers at Mass Department of Transportation(MA DOT).
This year is a very important year for funding the "Shining Tides mile" and advocating for more funding for Bike path Design from the state for future miles.
A Tri-Town Bike Riding group has been formed. You can join by contacting the Marion Recreation Department
Our Bike-Pedestrian path is part of a regional system 90% funded with federal transportation dollars. In the future the path will connect Fairhaven, Mattapoisett village, Marion, and Wareham to Cape Cod. Learn more.
Total Completed Length: Mattapoisett : 1 Mile Fairhaven 3.5 Miles Total Planned Length Mattapoisett 4.5 Miles Wareham- Fairhaven: 26 Miles; Swansea-Bourne: 50 Miles
Paved Rail Trail: Runs 1 mile west from Mattapoisett Neck Road, crossing Brandt Island Road, to Fairhaven's Pheonix Bike Path (3.5 Miles). It is on the former Old Colony Rail Road (Inc.1851) right of way and called the "Old Colony Mile." Completed April, 2009.
Unpaved path: goes from Mattapoisett Neck Road to the bridge across the Mattapoisett River, where there are beautiful harbor views. Another path goes from Industrial Drive (off North Street)to Marion
Future Phases: Phase 1b - The Shining Tides Mile (Mattapoiset Neck Road to Depot Street in Mattapoisett Village) was not funded for 2011. However, the footbridge across the Mattapoisett River is being widened this spring. We are waiting for news about when we will be reinstated on the funding list for paving and construction of the boardwalk. Phase 2 A&B: The Mattapoisett Dude Mile and the Old Rochester Mile where voted funding in 2010 Town meeting for surveying of wetlands and property lines for final route determination so we can file for state and federal funding. Aerial survaying is happening in March and April, 2011
We are a non profit 501c3 organization, working since 1999 to complete Mattapoisett's portion of the federally funded South Coast Rail Trail. We fund raise, provide information and generate support for the rail trail in Mattapoisett. We network with local communities to support their pathway initiatives.
What the Friends do
We make information available to the public, plan events to support the project, assist the Bike Path Committee in their planning process where appropriate and assist the Town in paying for design and maintennce. In past Years, due to the generosity of our members, we have contributed more than $30,000 to design activities.
Please write checks to
Town of Mattapoisett - Bike Path Design Fund
Mail to Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path
PO Box 1336, Mattapoisett Ma, 02739