Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the name of the trail?
The official name of the trail is the Northern Strand Trail, although many people still refer to it as the Bike to the Sea Trail.
Where is the Northern Strand Trail located?
There are 11.5 miles of paved trail, a portion under Route 16 which is actively under construction, starting in Everett and going through Malden, Revere, and Saugus to the Lynn line. The Northern Strand Trail follows an abandoned rail bed starting in Everett at West and Wellington Street, and runs adjacent to Canal Street in Malden, through Malden Square where it crosses over Route 60 near the Valley Forum 2 Hockey Rink. It then continues adjacent to Eastern Avenue until it crosses over Beach Street in Malden, near the Revere line. The trail in Revere runs along the scenic Rumney Marsh to the Saugus line near Laurel Street. The trail then runs to where Lincoln Street in Saugus, meets Boston Street near the Lynn line. It ends at Bennet Street in Lynn. Our trail map shows suggested parking locations and more information.
When will the trail connect to the Encore Resort and Casino?
It is predicted to be paved and connected in the Spring of 2023.
Is this trail part of a larger network of bike trails?
Yes. There are several other groups in the state and throughout the country that are working on building car-free trails for biking, walking, and other forms of recreation. Plans are underway to have car-free paths from the New Hampshire border in Salisbury, Mass., through Boston, to the Rhode Island border and the Northern Strand trail will be part of that. There are also plans to make these trails in Massachusetts part of the East Coast Greenway, a 2500 mile traffic-free path linking East Coast cities from Maine to Florida.
Our friends at MAPC have the most comprehensive MA trail map which does a great job of illustrating the whole network and includes options to view different surfaces and complete vs. in progress trails.
Are there any trail amenities?
Along the trail you will find water fountains, benches, public art, bike racks, bike fix it stations, signage, Bike and Pedestrian Crossing Flashing LED Lit crosswalk signs, Bluebike stations, lighting in some portions, Bocce court, and playgrounds.
Are motor vehicles allowed on the trail?
No, motor vehicles are not allowed.
How can I provide trail suggestions and feedback about the Northern Strand Trail?
Suggestions, comments and feedback can be submitted here.