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The Bruce Freeman Rail 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. The trail has a 10-foot wide pavement with a 2-foot wide packed shoulder on each side.The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is open to non-motorized uses such as cycling, jogging, walking, rollerblading, and skiing.

A beautiful October day on the trail in Acton.

COVID-19 UPDATES May 28, 2020: All previously reduced or closed parking areas for the trail are now open, these include NARA park, North Acton parking area, and Ice House Pond.
PORTABLE RESTROOMS In Acton and Chelmsford are NOT OPEN

During these difficult times, healthcare experts advise us that its healthy to get outside and walk, run or bicycle. We ask that all trail users respect social distancing guidelines. We ask that trail users please:

  • Keep six feet between yourself and other non-family trail users. At times, this may mean briefly walking/cycling single file.
  • Wear cloth face coverings when on the trail.
  • Cyclists and families with strollers should be prepared to move to the side of the trail or walk/ride single file.
  • Please carry out your trash and dog waste.

Phase 1 (6.8 miles in Lowell, Chelmsford, and Westfordopened in 2009. Download a Phase 1 & Phase 2A Trail Map with Parking Information here (PDF)
Lowell Parking
Crosspoint Towers, 900 Chelmsford St. (Weekends and holidays Only)
Chelmsford Parking
Stop & Shop lot, 299 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford
Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Rd. (Rt. 4), Chelmsford
Chelmsford Center Artwalk, Cushing Place, Chelmsford (public restrooms, seasonal)
Municipal lot behind Santander Bank, 5 Billerica Rd (Rt. 129), Chelmsford
Byam School (off school hours), 25 Maple Rd, Chelmsford
Town Land at Heart/Baptist Pond, 2 Pond St., Chelmsford (public restrooms, seasonal)

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)
Acton Parking
Across from 1000 Main Street (Rte. 27), Acton
NARA Park off Rte. 27, Acton (public restrooms)
At Goulds’ Plaza (behind Donelan’s Supermarket) on Great Road (Rte. 2A), Acton (public restrooms, seasonal)
Patriot Square, 179 Great Road across from Pedal Power Bike and Ski, Acton (Weekends and holidays only) (public restroom at Pedal Power during business hours)
Ice House Pond, 120 Concord Road, Acton

Phase 2B (Concord – Rte 2 Bridge) –  This section is expected to begin construction in 2020. More information about Phase 2B is available here.

Phase 2C ( 2.5 miles in Concord) This section of the trail opened on  September 27, 2019.
Concord Parking
Commonwealth Ave, near the rotary & Concord MCI, Concord
West Concord Center, trail parking near Nashoba Brook, Concord
One handicap parking space near Williams Road, Concord
Download a Phase 2C Trail Map (PDF)

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.