Crane Swamp Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Crane Swamp Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Northborough, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

views

wild flowers

There are three trail heads. One in Marlborough and two in Southborough.

hiking
2 days ago

The trailhead from Cedar Hill Street is not easy to find. I went via the office building parking lot just across the street from Forest Street. If you drive around the parking lot behind Piedmont Plastics it's in a corner of the lot and you can just see the little trail head sign. The trail is lovely, but there is construction on one side of the loop, which is closed so you can only go out and back (take the trail to the right, the left hand trail is closed)- There's currently no loop. It winds through pretty meadows and there are nice views from the top of the hill. It is very quiet - I saw only one other dog-walker in my hour there on a Sunday morning. Trail is pretty easy, slow rises, but there are some rocky spots. Dogs love it; check for ticks after!

hiking
9 months ago

TRAIL CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION appears at END of trail. Have to turn around and repeat hike. Would be great find otherwise

Monday, July 17, 2017

Love this trail.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

A construction site now blocks part of the loop (NE corner) so I had to backtrack to Plantation Trail but it's a pretty walk.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

I love this hike up the drumlins through wetlands and young forest.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Wonderful place to hike and enjoy nature! well done trail system!

hiking
Friday, January 13, 2017

Hidden gem! Hiked for over an hour with my dog and didn't see one person. To avoid construction you must make a loop with plantation trail.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Could not access the trail due to construction. Does anyone know a different way?

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

close to home, nice way to kill a few hours. bring bug spray!!! 3 or 4 different places to begin. well marked. the old abandoned building on the westboro side is an old pump station

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Probably great in the winter. Currently a section is closed due to construction. There is lots of poison ivy. Our group of three got 6 dog ticks. There were also bug bites from few mosquitos and lots of horse flies. There were some nice raspberries and blackberries at the top of Cedar hill.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Does anyone know what that abandoned building you come across at the end of cedar hill trail used to be?

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Friday, April 07, 2017

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

recorded Crane Swamp

walking
Sunday, January 31, 2016

hiking
Monday, October 12, 2015

snowshoeing
Sunday, December 30, 2012