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.
COVID-19 UPDATES AUGUST 1, 2020:
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 Westford) opened in 2009. Download a Phase 1 & Phase 2A Trail Map with Parking Information here (PDF)
Crosspoint Towers, 900 Chelmsford St. (Weekends and holidays Only)
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)
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)
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)
Ice House Pond, 120 Concord Road, Acton
Phase 2B (Concord – Rte 2 Bridge) – Construction began on this section in June 2020. Construction is expected to be completed in Fall 2021/Spring 2022. 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.
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 the MassCentral Rail Trail – 4.4 miles). The 25% design was completed in November 2019. The virtual Design Public Hearing was held in July 2020 and approved by Mass DOT. In November 2020 the Town of Sudbury engaged a design consultant for the 75% and 100% designs which are in progress and should be completed by December 2021. Construction may start in 2022.
Phase 3 Sudbury finalized the purchase of 1.4 miles of CSX rail corridor from the CSX Corporation, from the MassCentral, just north of Route 20 to the Framingham line on November 30, 2020 This will ensure the Town’s control of the corridor for expansion of the regional Bruce Freeman Rail Trail system. Framingham is negotiating for the purchase of the remaining 3.2 miles of the CSX corridor in that municipality.