The South Shore Blueway Trail (SSBT)

A Blueway Trail is a route for non-motorized boats along a waterway that combines recreation and environmental awareness while linking communities and land-based attractions such as parks, historic sites and natural areas.

The South Shore Blueway Trail (SSBT) Plan sets forth a vision for the structure and organization of a water trail for non-motorized boats that provides residents and visitors with an accessible, safe and enjoyable experience. The plan contains specific recommendations to expand water access, improve trail infrastructure, boating safety, community connections, and stewardship while it presents approaches to implementing and marketing the blueway.

The SSBT Plan presents an inventory of proposed and existing access points and identifies new trail connections and services for human-powered boaters. It provides a framework for using, managing and maintaining the trail. Plan recommendations came from local stakeholders, public agencies, members of paddling clubs and community organizations, and the general public.

Implementing the plan will improve quality of life for local residents and provide economic benefits for communities. The trail is an enduring natural attraction, an ecotourism destination that furthers resilient coastal infrastructure while connecting waterways, greenways, biking and hiking paths, preserves, parks, wetlands, and islands within the South Shore Estuary Reserve. Moreover, the trail grows into a living interpretive center providing educational opportunities that highlight cultural resources, and the importance of protecting water quality and coastal ecosystems. 

South Shore Blueway Trail Plan (PDF)

Learn more about the South Shore Blueway Trail.