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Southern New England Trunkline Trail

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Franklin, Massachusetts

Southern New England Trunkline Trail is a 23.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Franklin, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 23.5 mi Elevation gain 977 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Road biking

Walking

Running

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Reviews (165)
Photos (204)
Recordings (188)
Completed (193)
John Wagner
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HikingGreat!

Just completed the final section in the Douglas State Park to the end in Conn. I have done every section in the past month. The trail overall is dry with bugs (mostly gnats). As noted the section on Prospect Street in Bellingham is closed with no work around. Park at Lake Street to continue westward. Also, the trail ends for a period in Blackstone and you have to go down from the development at Castle Hill into St Paul Street to the Blackstone Valley Bikeway( which is the Snett also). Once you hike the bikeway, it will end in Uxbridge. Here you need to head north and cross 146A, cut through the driveway and go under 146 to Elmwood Avenue and look for the trail (unmarked) on the right. You will walk alongside 146 North for about 1/4 mile and then rejoin the railroad bed. The remaining miles are straight through all the yay to the end in Thompson,CT and the start of the Air Line Trail.

Caitlin Saia
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Hiking

Very buggy in the evening

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David Keller
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HikingBlowdown

My wife and I went for what we were hoping would be a long ride only to find out the tunnel is being constructed and so the franklin side area is under 3 miles round trip. We may check other side or another entrance. A nice local informed us that the tunnel will be near completion end of August 2020.

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Brad Lee
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Mountain bikingBugsMuddy
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Neil Bathon
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Bridge out

probably a nice trail but it is blocked just 1 mile in...did not find a way around.

Andriy Galushko
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Mountain biking

Not well maintained.

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Jamie Farias
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Hiking

Enjoyed the offshoot trail from the main trunkline, it provided some good short uphills rather than just staying on the flat main trail!

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Jason Fox
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Mountain bikingMuddyRocky
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Victoria And Jeremy Stephens
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HikingBlowdownFloodedMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

This was fun with lots of variation. There is quite a bit of mud and parts of the trail were majorly washed out due to dirt bikes/4Wheelers. Wear good boots with preparation for flooded trails. There were a few bugs but really very few overall. Rocky on some parts of the path. Some elevation and lots of shade with densely packed wooded trail. There were several trail break offs. There was very light foot traffic. Most of the hike we were completely alone and it was very quiet. Far from neighborhoods and road for most of the journey. Every now and then, there were trees down. We enjoyed this trail a lot and will be back to try out some of the other path options.

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Pastor Alton Edwards Jr
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Hiking

great trail few bugs, family time

Dennis Nedry
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HikingMuddy

Lot of variety on this trail - some muddy areas and difficult gaps, but overall the 22 mile hike offers lots of scenic views, some need abandoned railroad infrastructure, and interesting villages. 146 interchange needs work. Hiking the whole trail and recognizing, given the geographical obstacles, the undertaking required to build the original Air Line/Ghost Train infrastructure, is astounding.

Sam B
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Mountain bikingFloodedMuddy

Great trail but flooded and muddy this time of year!

Pierce Anderson
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HikingRocky

love it. walking with our 3 and 4 year old. our cat loves the trails as well

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Mike L Mahan
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Hiking

This is a wonderful trail. Over 20 feet wide in spots, hard packed cinder, very little wet spots unless you get too close to the ponds and natural water areas filled with wildlife. We walked in March so there were no bugs to speak of other than the peepers off in the distance. The trail does allow dogs and horses, but we walked 4 miles and did not encounter one. It is a “balloon tire bike path.” Plenty of parking at the Douglas Trailhead. We will be back!

Jonathan Worcester
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HikingIcyScrambleSnow

Today I hiked from Franklin to Blackstone and back. The trail conditions were excellent in Franklin and deteriorated the further I traveled west. A snowmobile had leveled the trail for the first half of the trip. The trail conditions escalated to moderate level of difficulty and in retrospect, I wish I had hiking poles to brace myself as I navigated some of the train. I would highly recommend bringing something like that to avoid potential knee injuries from slipping on the ice. Great walk overall!

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Bill Regnier
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HikingBugsScramble
Dean Blackburn
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Hiking

Great place to start hiking or to build up distance.

Dick H
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Road bikingBugsMuddyOver grownWashed out

No good for bikes

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