Visit the Trail

The Bruce Freeman Trail is a proposed 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.

January 2017 - The Bridge over Rte 2A - Photo: Larry Bruns

January 2017 – The Bridge over Rte 2A – Photo: Larry Bruns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phase 1 (6.8 miles in Lowell, Chelmsford, and Westford) is now open. Download a Trail Map with Parking Information here (PDF)

Phase 2A – (4.9 miles in Westford, Carlisle, Acton) – Construction began August 2015.┬áConstruction will continue into late fall of 2017, with most planting done in October and November with the final elements to be completed at the start of spring 2018.

Phase 2B (Concord – Rte 2 Bridge) – 25% design is complete. The contract for 100% design was awarded in spring of 2017.

Phase 2C (Concord) Construction began May 2017. Powder Mill Road will be closed for installation of the culvert July 10 – August 31, 2017.

Phase 2D (Sudbury from the Sudbury/Concord line to Rte. 20) – Sudbury has been proceeding with the 25% design of the 4.6 miles of the BFRT in Phase 2D.

Phase 3 (Sudbury & Framingham – 4.6 miles) – Right of way still owned by the railroad company CSX.

Family enjoying the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Enjoying the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

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.