The Grand Loop is a continuous walking or biking route that circumnavigates Scituate, connecting business districts, historic and recreational sites throughout town. It was identified in a Rail-with-Trail study sponsored by PATH (People for Active Transportation and Health) that was funded by the Community Preservation Committee in 2005, and community members have been working to improve the loop for walking and bicycling ever since.  Three reasons this was identified as such an important loop are:


1. The opportunity to connect a variety of critical destinations, including the North Scituate and Greenbush business districts and rail stations with Minot and the Harbor district, numerous high density residential areas, and key destinations such as beaches, ball fields, churches, schools and other town facilities.


2. The great economic development opportunity of bringing bicycle and pedestrian visitors to Scituate by commuter rail. A high quality Grand Loop can allow visitors to arrive by train with their bicycles, enjoy the many pleasures and businesses of Scituate, but not add to congestion or pollution with their motor vehicles.


3. In 2015 transit service, the GATRA Sloop, came to Scituate on a route that essentially parallels the southern portion of the Grand Loop. This means that a pedestrian or bicyclist traversing the Grand Loop could access the flag bus service at any overlap point on the loop.

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1. Greenbush and Field Lane

2. Founder’s Loop

3. Coastal Passage

4. Minot’s Trail

5. Country Way

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.

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