Did you know that research has proven that looking at bodies of water can help lower your heart rate and blood pressure, while increasing feelings of relaxation? Fortunately for residents and visitors in Fall River, there are plenty of opportunities to take in views of the Taunton River, one of Southern New England’s most important aquatic amenities. There is no better way to stretch your legs and enjoy the sights of Fall River than on the Bicentennial Trail & Boardwalk.
This small-but-mighty riverfront trail connects some of Fall River’s most important historic and recreational destinations. Plenty of benches and a picnic grove provide resting spots to enjoy views of the water, which are busy with boaters in the warmer months. The trail is flat, making it perfect for strollers, wheelchairs and people of all activity levels.
With historic sights, a visitor center with bathrooms, and open land for sports and playing, the waterfront boardwalk is the perfect pitstop on any family road trip.
How to access the Bicentennial Trail & Boardwalk:
Ample parking is available both at Heritage State Park and the Veterans Memorial Bicentennial Park, as well as along Davol Street.
Attractions on the Trail:
Perhaps Fall River’s most popular recreational area, the 2.2 mile elevated boardwalk along the river connects several of the City’s most iconic landmarks. At the Southernmost part of the boardwalk, you will find Battleship Cove- a war memorial, historic military museum and the home of the world’s largest collection of naval ships open to the public.
After crossing a footbridge over the opening of the Quequechan River, you will encounter Heritage State Park. In addition to open parkland, you will find a picnic grove perfect for a waterfront meal. The Heritage State Park’s visitors center hosts regular events and offers a number of historic and art exhibits that are free to the public. Bathrooms are also available. Additional information on Heritage State Park’s hours of operation and programming can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/locations/fall-river-heritage-state-park
Further along the boardwalk, past the iconic Cove Restaurant, you will find the new Senator Thomas Norton City Pier, with beautiful views of Fall River’s iconic Braga Bridge. The trail culminates at Fall River’s Veterans Memorial Bicentennial Park. This park is home to a beautiful collection of military monuments, including a 80% to-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. This stunning feature was opened in 2021 and has become a frequent stop for military families, history enthusiasts and other visitors to the area. The park also includes a number of busy tennis courts.