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. Construction 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) – 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 (Concord) Please note that Phase 2C (Concord) of the trail is NOT open.  It is unsafe to enter an active construction site.
The Powder Mill Road culvert was replaced and the road re-opened in time for the start of the new school year. Base course pavement (binder) has been installed from Powder Mill Road to Williams Road; Williams Road to Old Marlboro Road; Old Marlboro Road to the Assabet River and the parking lot on Commonwealth Ave near the prison.  Paving of the new MCI-Concord driveway is being scheduled for September. The contractor D.W.White anticipates the the Assabet River Bridge steel will be delivered in late September. They will coordinate with the Concord Police the best time for installation.  The public will not be allowed access to the site during installation of the steel due to safety concerns.

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.