Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Visiting the Trail
PHASE 1 Information

Overview | Parking & Maps | FAQ & Trail Etiquette | Event Registration | Videos


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. Motorized vehicles are not allowed.

Parking & Maps

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

  • Old Town Hall, 1A North Rd. (Rt. 4), Chelmsford
  • Chelmsford Center Artwalk, Cushing Place, Chelmsford
  • Municipal lot behind Sovereign 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

View Phase 1 Map or Download a PDF version of the map

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!

Event Registration

For organized events of 25 people or more, you must fill out an event registration form and submit it to all Towns that will be impacted by the event. Instructions are on the form which is available here.

Trail Videos

Thanks to Larry Prentice of Larry Prentice Photograpy for putting together these images of the trail in Chelmsford.

Bike Cam

Phase 1 of the trail as seen by Bike Cam

A one minute video created by Stephen Mayotte. View video here

The trail is open for use. Click here for information on the ribbon cutting




Amenities Information
Informational Kiosk for Phase 1, Details here

Information on the Chelmsford Artwalk and on purchasing a plaque to be installed on the Artwalk is available here.

Sponsor a mural on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Construction Info

Information about construction of Phase 1 of the trail is
available here

Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) for 27 Katrina Road

Information available here