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.

August 2016 - Construction continues on the trail near Rt 2A in Acton. Photo Credit: Larry Bruns

August 2016 – Construction continues on the trail near Rt 2A in Acton. Photo Credit: 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) – Was advertised for construction in September 2014. Construction began August 2015.

Phase 2B (Concord – Rte 2 Bridge) – 25% design in progress – construction programmed for 2017.

Phase 2C (Concord) The 100% design is nearing completion and the project is expected to go out to bid by late summer 2016.

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.