Friends of the Mattapoisett Bicycle and Recreational Path support the completion of the Mattapoisett Rail Trail. The proposed 4.5 mile multi-use path runs along the shore of Buzzards Bay, through a historic small town and into quiet wooded areas in Southeastern Massachusetts. We work hard to make this extraordinary proposed path a reality.
The Friends are a 501c3 organization. We stay informed, share what we know, get out the vote when necessary, and raise funds to help pay for design and for things that the town government cannot pay for. Read further to learn of our current initiatives.
Currently only a one mile section of the path (shown in green on the map ) is complete from the Fairhaven town line to Mattapoisett Neck Road. When the next phase (yellow) is complete, a hard surfaced multi-use path will connect the central village of Mattapoisett to the town of Fairhaven and points west. This next mile is an extraordinary mile of bike path. It will be scenic and spectacular, crossing the Mattapoisett River estuary, salt marshes, and the Town Beach at the head of Mattapoisett Harbor. It will reconnect neighborhoods and conservation areas with car-free biking and walking. 100 % construction documents have been submitted in early 2017 with the hope that construction will start in the coming year. (2017-18.) A preview of the project can be had by leaving your bicycle at the end of the paved bike path, crossing Mattapoisett Neck Road and walking down the wooded right of way for 1/4 mile. You won’t be disappointed.
The bridge across the Mattapoisett River was widened in 2010 by students of Old Colony Regional Vocational High School. It gives spectacular views of the Mattapoisett River Estuary.
Two more phases remain to be started: The “Marion Connection” which involves paving a ½ mile section of the old railroad right of way from the end of Industrial Drive to the Marion Town Line. We hope to see that done at almost the same time as the Marion’s Pathway project (2019 or 2020) and will soon launch a capital campaign. The other phase will connect Acushnet Road to Park Street and to the North Street Park and Ride and then to Industrial Drive.