Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Marlborough with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice easy walk.

Quite pleasant. Strange having the private property up near Gibbs. Watch out for the "Attack Dogs". Another hiker told me Raytheon owns the property. Will be back to do the trail down to the reservoir. Just do it!

trail running
1 month ago

Nice little muddy trailrun through the woods with a creek, and lots of colors.

Decent rail trail. A bit short for biking. Better suited for walking/running. No bathrooms at either trail head. There is a johnny on the spot in a parking lot in downtown Hudson. Otherwise you need to invade one of the businesses along the trail.

Multiple street crossings. But they all have pedestrian activated lights and drivers are respectful and stop.

trail running
2 months ago

Perfect jogging route if you prefer a paved path. Very gentle inclines. Very well maintained. Not at all crowded on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. There are benches and fences at intervals that are handy for stretching. Road crossings have signals that give crossers the right of way. I parked in the municipal lot on Jefferson St. behind Kelleher Field.

I give this 4 stars not for the moderate hiking, it’s easy, but it seems great for trail running and some mountain biking. There were some nice gradual inclines and downhills. No gravel, nice firm ground, moderate roots and rocks. We ended up speed hiking, worked up a sweat but didn’t get tired. To classify this as a moderate hike I would give it a 2.

road biking
2 months ago

Wish it was longer.

road biking
5 months ago

Great for the beginners . It’s about 8 miles back and forth . Beautiful view along the trail

road biking
6 months ago

Parking in Marlborough is on Jefferson Street across the street from Kelleher Field. Walk down a small hill to trail. There are at least 12 parking spots.

mountain biking
7 months ago

No good

Nice short easy hike in the woods.

Ok not very long

hiking
8 months ago

Decent hike. The first half of the loop was more like 1.75 so I kept going another .25 to make it an even 4 miles. Easy hike, felt like I was hiking in people’s backyards some of the time, but definitely an easy hike for all levels.

walking
8 months ago

Diggin' this rail trail! I grew up in Hudson and even got to watch the building of some of this trail. It's great for a long walk, a jog or bike ride. And it's beautifully scenic as it scrolls along the Assabet River and through the ever-growing downtown Hudson area and into Marlborough. Worth the hike, check it out. (Park in Hudson. No parking reported in Marlborough.)

Great loop with moderate elevation gains. Very well marked, but a little confusing at some trail junctions. Mostly stay on Backpacker and Bear Paw with a few exceptions.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Quick hike, nice in the winter!

hiking
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Well labeled and easy trail in the beautiful fall weather. We saw ducks, geese, a woodpecker, as well as reddish squirrels and chipmunks.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

This was an unplanned hike .I drove by entrance and had a few minutes to hike . Nice trails that go thru woods and cornfields . Most of water and streams seem to be dry .My low score is based on junk cars along the trails

road biking
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

This trail was a surprise in a good way. It takes you through the bustle of Marlborough and Hudson. The many stops to cross busy roads will slow you down. However, it has many little treasures to make it unique. There is a scenic view overlooking Fort Meadow Reservoir, sections of wooded areas, a tunnel mural, and art along the Hudson section of the trail. I parked on Jefferson Street in Marlborough in the Kelleher parking lot across from Kelleher Field. There are at least eight spots and the trail is RIGHT there. Will definitely explore this trail again.

hiking
Friday, September 29, 2017

Nice trail! Saw a coyote along the trail. Nice brook crosses trail. Lots of photo opportunities.

hiking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Beautiful hike but very short, it took me less than 15 minutes to do, not something to plan your day around. The top is really nice and has a massive tree, it looks like something out of Harry Potter. There is a bench by the tree where you can sit and relax at the quiet summit.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Clear woodsy well marked out and back.

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Easy to moderate trail on north side of Callahan. Nice, pleasant place to spend an hour or two. There are lots of side trails and loops that can be added to increase length of hike.

Open, clearly marked trails. Different landscapes to see from forest to meadow to lake-side - mostly shaded. Fun hike with the kids.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Nice trails with some good moderate up and down. Wildflowers, lilly pads, horses, and ferns.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Lots of variety in the terrain

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Short and sweet. Nice elevation gain. Good quick workout on the bicycle.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

An easy-to-moderate 1-1.5 hour loop that takes you past the lovely little Beebe Pond. Trail is well-maintained for the most part. Many confusing junctions, so pay attention to your map or AllTrails. Beautiful open forest crossed by the remains of many old rock walls from when this was farm land in the 19th century.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

This hike is one of those urban gems - the chance to feel like you're in deep woods while you're in the center of an urbanized area. Added bonus is the loop to the summit of Mt. Ward, really just a large hill, which gives you some elevation gain for extra exercise, and has a pleasant bench under a curious-looking old maple tree at its summit. This version of the trail starts and ends from a nice little parking area with a trailhead map station. You'll find the trailhead parking on the driveway just to the left of the Alltop Mobile gas station on Rt. 20 (Boston Post Road) across from The Home Depot and Dunkin Donuts.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Much better to start at the actual trailhead which is next to the Nissan-Toyota dealership storage lot behind the Alltop gas station on Rt 20 (Boston Post Road). Look for the driveway to the left of the gas station next to the car wash. Trailhead with a nice parking lot is just before the dealership lot on the right.

Starting from there adds just 1/2 mile each way, but gives you a decent place to park, and there's a trail map there that you can photograph with your phone to help. This trail joins the Mount Ward loop at the gas line cut-through (the long straight section in the map here). You turn right at the gas line clearing and then watch carefully for a trail sign pointing left and up Mt. Ward.

Coming back can be a bit confusing. After descending Mt. Ward you'll come back to the gas line cut-through, but at a different point. Follow the gas line until shortly after crossing a little three-log bridge you'll see a trail to the left. That's the trail back to the parking lot that you came in on. Turn left and then immediately you come to a T where you could go either way. it's not marked, but turning right here takes you back to the parking lot

For a full map of my route, see my recording attached to this trail.

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