Trail Map, Parking & Guidelines


Phase 1 of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail extends from the Lowell/Chelmsford line near Cross Point and Rt. 3, through Chelmsford Center, to the intersection of Route 27 and Route 225 in Westford. The trail has a 10-foot wide pavement with a 2-foot wide packed shoulder on each side. It traverses woods, wetlands, open fields, recreational areas, and shopping areas. The trail is 6.8 miles long. Phase 2A begins at Route 225 in Westford and continues south through Carlisle and Acton for 4.9 miles passing historical sites, shopping areas and conservation land. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

Parking & Maps

Authorized parking for the trail is available at the following locations:

Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Rd. (Rt. 4), Chelmsford
Chelmsford Center Artwalk, Cushing Place, Chelmsford
The 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
Across from 1000 Main Street (Rte. 27), Acton
NARA Park off Rte. 27, Acton
At Goulds’ Plaza (behind Donelan’s Supermarket) on Great Road (Rte. 2A), Acton
Patriot Plaza, 179 Great Road across from Pedal Power Bike and Ski, Acton

Download a Phase 1 & Phase 2A Map PDF

Download a Trail Brochure PDF

FAQs & Trail Etiquette

FAQs about Trail Facilities and Trail Use Guidelines
Trail Etiquette (from the Chelmsford BPAC)

Be courteous to other trail users
Stop at ALL stop signs
Bicyclists and skaters should wear safety helmets. State law requires children 16 and younger to wear a helmet while biking.
Keep to the right; pass on the left
Use an audible signal when passing
Look before passing
Bicyclists and skaters yield to pedestrians
Travel at a safe speed
Keep pets on a short leash, remove droppings
When stopping do not block the trail
Obey all traffic control signs and signals
No littering — carry in, carry out
Respect property adjacent to the trail
No motorized vehicles on the trail

In case of emergency, dial 911. Enjoy the trail!