Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Massachusetts
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For Concord Residents
The Town is in the process of updating its Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). An Open Space and Recreation Plan inventories existing open space and recreation facilities and identifies needs of the community. This plan will assist in the maintenance and enhancement of the benefits of open space, both active and passive recreational facilities, to benefit the character of the community and protect its green infrastructure.
Details and Survey here

1st Annual Greater Lowell Community Foundation's RiverRide

The Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail participated in the 1st Annual Greater Lowell Community Foundation's RiverRide on September 22nd as a way to fundraise for the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Our team raised more than $1,500, thanks for your support.

BFRT Team at Lowell Community Foundation River Ride

Construction for Next Segment of BFRT Starts in 2014
We have great news to share. The next 4.88 mile section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (Phase 2A) is officially planned for construction start in 2014 and to be completed in 2015 (that is 0.14 miles south of the current southern terminus at the Rt. 27 & 225 intersection in Westford to the Carlisle border, thence 847.2’ through Carlisle to the Acton border, and then 4.57 miles through Acton to Acton Indoor Sports near Wetherbee Street) Details in our Summer Supplement Newsletter (PDF)

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Sudbury Town Meeting Update:
Sudbury Town Meeting passed the two Bruce Freeeman Rail Trail articles overwhelmingly.

Concord Town Meeting Update:
Article 39 – Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Right-of-Way, passed by 2/3 vote.

Spring 2012 Newsletter
Read the latest news about progress on the trail, events and volunteer opportunities.
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NEW - Bring the Trail to Sudbury FAQs
Frequently asked questions about extending the trail into Sudbury
Details here

Bring the Trail to Sudbury
Move this effort along by making a contribution to a Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail fund to pay for the design of the Sudbury Extension.
Details here

Spring & Summer Volunteer OpportunitiesTake a look at our updated calendar.
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New Fence Openings will allow access to businesses
At the request of businesses, the Town of Chelmsford has agreed to install two openings to allow access from the trail, for walkers, bikers, and wheelchairs.
Details here

Rail Trail Studies Details here

Route 2 Rotary Design Information Details here

Statewide Trail Usage Counts
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Trail Map
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Map

View the proposed trail map here.

View a map of central Massachusetts and how the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail will connect with existing and proposed trails here.

Download Phase 1 Trail Map (PDF)

The Bruce Freeman Trail is a proposed 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.

Phase 1 (6.8 miles in Lowell, Chelmsford, and Westford) is now open. Phase 2 in Westford, Carlisle, Acton, Concord, and Sudbury (13.1 miles) and Phase 3 in Sudbury and Framingham (4.6 miles) are proposed extensions.

Phase 1 in Westford, MA
Family enjoying the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

The Bruce Freeman Trail is open to non-motorized uses such as cycling, jogging, walking, and skiing. Other uses such as rollerblading and equestrian use may also be possible depending on the design.

Visit Phase 1 of the Trail
Download a Trail Map with Parking Information here (PDF)


Fence Openings, Chelmsford, MA - June 2012

Thanks to Ken Dews, FBFRT member and volunteer, direct access is now available from the BFRT to Zesty’s Pizza, Subway sandwich shop, and neighboring businesses. Two handicapped-accessible openings were installed in June. A big thank-you to Ken and to those who contributed money for the project, including Zesty’s Pizza and the Subway sandwich shop. The Friends provided matching funds for the project. Parking in these locations is for the businesses only.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Sudbury MA

July 4th, 2012 Parade, Sudbury, MA
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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Sudbury MA

November 2011 - Installation of the
Station Master Sculpture in Chelmsford
Station Master Sculpture Installation on Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

July 4th, 2011 Parade, Sudbury MA
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Sudbury July 4th Parade

The May 5th Meeting at the Assabet River Wildlife Refuge

Skiers on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail


Past Events Archive

Another great rail trail to enjoy, check out the Nashua River Rail Trail in Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. A map and directions can be found at

For more information about rail trails, visit the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy website at














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