Southeastern Mass. Bioreserve opens 20-mile hiking trail in Fall River

FALL RIVER — Standing among decades-old pines and cedars near 2929 Blossom Road, as orange and yellow leaves danced through the air led by a gentle autumn wind, local officials reminded a group of hikers and nature lovers that they were standing in a city.  

“Everybody thinks of Fall River as the inner city,” said Paul Ferland, the city’s director of community utilities. “There’s also this other half of Fall River out here.” 

The city recently marked the opening of a new hiking trail in the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve — a 20-mile path taking visitors on a tour through all the natural landscapes found in the city’s forested eastern half. 

The timing coincided with the 20th birthday of the Bioreserve itself, a 16,000-acre tract of protected water and land that both protects the Watuppa and Copicut watersheds and is free for anyone to use to hike, run, bike, or enjoy the quiet scenery.  

From left, state Rep. Carole Fiola, Fall River Director of Community Utilities Paul Ferland, Water Department forester Michael Labossiere and Mayor Paul Coogan cut a ribbon officially opening the 20-mile Bioreserve Loop Trail in the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, off Blossom Road, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022.

“That’s what we want in Fall River: recreation,” said Mayor Paul Coogan. “People have to understand that this is part of our city. Come out and use it whenever you want. Take a walk. Watch the world go by in a much more peaceful setting and enjoy some free time for yourself.” 

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