Off the Beaten Path

The brand-new “Gateway to the Greenway” is the latest stage in the Coonamessett River restoration.

By Sarah E. Murphy and Photography by Suzanne Ryan

The Coonamessett River Greenway Heritage Trail has quickly become one of the most popular spots for appreciating the tranquil beauty of Falmouth. Set amid more than 500 acres, the 3.5-mile loop, spanning Coonamessett Pond and the Coonamessett River Conservation Lands.

Owned by the Town of Falmouth and The 300 Committee, the “Gateway to the Greenway” officially opened in October 2021 with a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the Scenic River Overlook. A 180-degree viewing platform, marking the third phase of the Coonamessett River Restoration Project.

The Town of Falmouth launched its efforts to protect the river in 1964, and The Coonamessett River Trust and The 300 Committee, Falmouth’s land trust, began working together in 2009 to lay the groundwork. The two nonprofit organizations played a pivotal role in launching the project. The Coonamessett River Trust began systematic monitoring of the river, while The 300 Committee expanded its vision, purchasing new conservation lands on the river and working with the Town of Falmouth to help facilitate the purchase of open space along the river corridor to establish a vegetated buffer or “greenway.”

If You Go

Coonamessett River Greenway Heritage Trail

Free parking is available at the lower bogs, 58 John Parker Road; at the Scenic River Overlook, 100 John Parker Road; and at other access points along John Parker. Trail maps and interpretive signs are situated along the river, with two handicap-accessible boardwalks.

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