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.
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)
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)
Parking for the rail trail is at these locations:(north to south)
1) Across from 1000 Main Street (Rte. 27)
2) NARA Park off Rte. 27
3) At Goulds’ Plaza (behind Donelan’s Supermarket) on Great Road (Rte. 2A)
4) Patriot Square, 179 Great Road across from Pedal Power Bike and Ski
Phase 2B (Concord – Rte 2 Bridge) -The 100% design was submitted to the state and final comments have been received by GPI. The project is expected to go out to bid this summer.
Phase 2C ( 3.0 miles in Concord) This section of the trail is scheduled to open in 2019. The ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for September 27, 2019 at 2:00 pm in West Concord.
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.