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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

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Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Westford, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 209 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

running

forest

paved

rails trails

views

wild flowers

city walk

Bruce Freeman rail trail is now expanded into Acton. The new section called Phase 2 begins in Westford at Rt. 27. The new section includes Westford, Carlisle and Acton. The new section has mile markers. There is a bridge that crosses Rt. 2. Many beautiful upgrades to the new section which is all paved as is the first phase. Many benches. There is a winding section that is pretty fun to ride on that is parallel to some businesses. There is a beautiful engraved granite marker pointing you to which direction to continue with miles listed to the towns on the rail trail. At this marker, the rail trail turns toward Acton or you can ride into a park.

road biking
20 days ago

flat trail. good parking spots.

road biking
1 month ago

This trail is great for people just starting out with long distance riding. Majority of the trail is flat with a few easy inclines along the way. Must cross multiple roadways along the trail. Easy parking access at multiple locations along the trail depending of where you’re starting. Beginning of the trail has a parking lot at the back of cross point towers in Chelmsford. Could take around an hour and forty five minutes, to three hours to go down and back depending on your speed. Highly recommend this trail to anyone!!

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent Rail Trail. Wide. Flat. Shaded. Paved and smooth the whole way. Parked at Concord Pond Lot and road to end. 12.5 miles each way.

road biking
1 month ago

Took my 8 year old son for a ride. We had so much fun we road for 8 miles. Might be back tomorrow.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

good for your body plenty of shade fun

road biking
2 months ago

We have ridden this twice now. It's in good condition and is a pleasant ride. Benches along the way for a break or a picnic lunch.

road biking
2 months ago

pretty busy on weekends. lots of groups taking up the whole trailway.a lot quieter but still active on weekdays and a lot less noobs.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for walking/cycling but overcrowded in the weekend.

hiking
2 months ago

great trail

road biking
2 months ago

Started out in Lowell and went to the end of Acton, can't wait until the whole trail is complete.

road biking
2 months ago

road biking
3 months ago

5 months ago

Trail was very clean and easy walking.

hiking
5 months ago

First tome out I loved it.

road biking
5 months ago

Paved trail great for a bike ride. Gets busy on the weekends with walkers and families.

6 months ago

Too much traffic noise, not a peaceful walk

road biking
scramble
snow
7 months ago

The BFRT is still snow and ice covered & wet. I crashed once because of thick ice and idiot walkers holding hands that I was trying to get around. Beautiful 70 degree February day! 10+ mike ride including quiet a bit of street riding up some monster hills on my mountain bike.

11 months ago

very nice for family walking, biking, etc.

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nice, easy trail for biking. Mostly flat and all paved. Starts out at Cross Point towers in lowell provides a pleasant, mostly shaded ride with a lake/beach along the way. Bring a lunch and relax at the picnic tables, or grab a slice of pizza at Zesty’s along the way in Chelmsford.

road biking
Monday, July 16, 2018

Bruce Freeman rail trail is now expanded into Acton. The description should be updated to inform walkers and cyclists the features of the full rail trail. The new section called Phase 2 begins in Westford at Rt. 27. The new section includes Westford, Carlisle and Acton. The new section has mile markers and I believe better warning lights at the crossings. There is a bridge that crosses Rt. 2. Many beautiful upgrades to the new section which is all paved as is the first phase. Many benches. There is a winding section that is pretty fun to ride on that is parallel to some businesses. There is a beautiful engraved granite marker pointing you to which direction to continue with miles listed to the towns on the rail trail. At this marker, the rail trail turns toward Acton or you can ride into a park.

road biking
Saturday, July 07, 2018

Beautiful views and just a nice chill ride

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pancake-flat, well shaded, and paved. Great for run, walk, bike, w/short spurs off the side for quick trail hikes.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

biking

Sunday, February 26, 2017

one of my favorites. only issue is parking. we usually only find parking midway so this makes covering the trail end to end a bit challenging but otherwise a great bet. especially good for families. all paved so not really a hike.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lots of bikes. All are considerate.

road biking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Mostly flat and strait, all pavement for about 5 miles. There are some road crossings where you have to stop, but there are also long stretches of trail where we were flying along in high gear.

running
Sunday, February 28, 2016

road biking
Thursday, October 11, 2012

I love this trail because it is local to me! It's an easy ride, mostly flat, and paved, something I can do when I don't have a lot of time and I want a safe and easy bike ride. The road crossing in Chelmsford Center is the most unpleasant part of the trip. This particular section of the trail took more than 20 years to complete. I am inspired by the dedication of the trail planners and developers. This section of trail will eventually connect to a much longer rail trail. I hope the extensions don't take another 20 years to complete. The trails are well used by walkers and bikers. There are lots of families and kids but it has never felt crowded to me. My favorite section is the longer section past Chelmsford Center. The Lowell to Chelmsford section feels much more urban. It runs underneath major highways and behind a couple of shopping centers.

road biking
1 hour ago

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