As part of Scituate's 375th anniversary, a partnership between PATH, the Scituate Historical Society, Stellwagen Bank and Sustainable Scituate was formed to create and publicize a biking and walking route connecting historical and recreational sites in town. Scituate's paddle routes were researched, explored and documented for a senior project by two Milton Academy graduates. The goal, not only to promote community heritage and recreational opportunities, but to provide non­motorized transit options to these destinations. Residents as well as out­of­towners wishing to visit the sites of Scituate can do so on foot or by bike, negating the need to drive a car and find a parking spot.

The Historic Scituate Trail project enhances the Town of Scituate's assets by promoting the town's historic sites, beaches, harbor districts and conservation land without jeopardizing the sites with automobile traffic and parking requirements. The project meets multiple needs and multiple populations and is a low cost, enhancement to our community providing physical and cultural enrichment to benefit visitors and residents.

The Scituate Historical Society is the South Shore leader in historical preservation and education.  Nearing its 100th anniversary, the Scituate Historical Society is a volunteer agent for the Town of Scituate historic sites and owns several of its own, including the Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum, the Stockbridge Grist Mill, The Old Oaken Bucket House, and the Little Red Schoolhouse; all sites found on the Historical Scituate Trails. Give them a wave as you ride by or find out more at

Sustainable Scituate is a grassroots organization of Scituate residents who advocate for renewable energy and conservation measures in our town. Our goal is to help area residents conserve energy, protect the environment, and live sustainable lives.

Stellwagen Bank is one of 14 sites in the National Marine Sanctuary System.  The National Marine Sanctuaries are a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and Papahānaumokuākea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments. The sanctuaries work to promote responsible, sustainable ocean uses that ensure the health of our most valued ocean places. Backed by one of the nation's strongest pieces of ocean conservation legislation, the sanctuaries seek to preserve the extraordinary scenic beauty, biodiversity, historical connections and economic productivity of 14 of our most precious underwater treasures.

Special thanks to MIKE THOMPSON, Researcher and GIS Analyst, for creating the original map for Historic Scituate Trails.

See it here: Historic Bike Trail Map.jpg

Future goals for the Historic Scituate Trail initiative include further safety enhancements to town roads, adding eateries, shops and other interactive stops to the routes as well as including additional trails to new explorations in our culture rich community.

The Historic Scituate Trails Project is funded by the Scituate Community Preservation Act.

MAT BROWN was born in Scituate as was at least one of his ancestors, all the way back to the 1700’s. A former schoolteacher (math) and the Cartoonist that made those wacky Building #19 ads, Mat has always loved local history and has roamed many of the trails and paths highlighted by Historic Scituate Trails.

LISA FENTON is a long time community advocate for the Town of Scituate and Scituate Public Schools, with husband, Mark, founded PATH (People for Active Transportation & Health) in 2003. PATH is an informal coalition of Scituate residents working to create a network of open space pathways, trails and sidewalks to connect green spaces, historic and recreational destinations with residential and business districts around the community. The goal is to preserve the quality of life, health, and economic and environmental well­being of the community by providing for low impact, non­motorized transportation options between these destinations, and to allow for the enjoyment of the many pockets of open space throughout the community that are open to the public.

Want to join PATH? Click here to learn more.

Website managed by KATINA BENTLEY.  She is a local photographer and was happy to be involved in this project for the Town of Scituate.

The Scituate Historic Trails project formed from a partnership between Scituate Historical Society, People for Active Transportation & Health (PATH), and Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary to create and promote walking paths and bike routes connecting historical sites, beaches, downtown businesses and other fun places to relax, learn, eat and enjoy Scituate, a charming New England seaside town founded in 1636. Scituate is a coastal town located 25 miles south of Boston with nearly 17 square miles of history and centuries old character to be enjoyed on foot, on a bicycle or from a boat! From out of town? Hop on the Greenbush Train from South Station with your bike and enjoy a healthy, historical adventure to Scituate Massachusetts.