The Bruce Freeman Trail is a rail trail through the communities of Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord, Sudbury, and Framingham in Massachusetts — following the 25-mile route of the old New Haven Railroad Framingham & Lowell line.
Phase 1 (6.8 miles in Lowell, Chelmsford, and Westford) opened in 2009. Download a Phase 1 & Phase 2A Trail Map with Parking Information here (PDF)
Phase 2A – (4.9 miles in Westford, Carlisle, Acton) – opened on April 3, 2018. Download a Phase 1 & Phase 2A Trail Map with Parking Information here (PDF)
Parking for the rail trail is at these locations:(north to south)
1) Across from 1000 Main Street (Rte. 27)
2) NARA Park off Rte. 27
3) At Goulds’ Plaza (behind Donelan’s Supermarket) on Great Road (Rte. 2A)
4) Patriot Square, 179 Great Road across from Pedal Power Bike and Ski
Phase 2B (Concord – Rte 2 Bridge) – GPI is moving forward with the 75% design submission of Phase 2B (the Rte. 2 bridge). The 100% design submittal is tentatively scheduled for January/February 2019. The current advertisement date goal for construction of 2B is June 2019 or earlier.
Phase 2C ( 3.0 miles in Concord) Please note that Phase 2C (Concord) of the trail is NOT open. It is unsafe to enter an active construction site.
This section of the trail is scheduled to open in spring 2019.
Phase 2D (Sudbury from the Sudbury/Concord line to Rte. 20 – 4.5 miles) – Sudbury has been proceeding with the 25% design of the 4.5 miles of the BFRT in Phase 2D.
Phase 3 (Sudbury & Framingham – 4.8 miles) – Right of way still owned by the railroad company CSX.
The Bruce Freeman Trail is open to non-motorized uses such as cycling, jogging, walking, and skiing. Other uses such as rollerblading and equestrian use may also be possible depending on the design.