Assabet River Rail Trail

Assabet River Rail Trail


Landline meeting this afternoon....

- See below for zoom link for our next meeting on 18 November at 4 pm EST.
- See attached for proposed agenda for the meeting. Intent is to focus on administrative aspects and rules of engagement for this group and discuss some funding opportunities. Recommend attendees check out info on MPO's Community Connection Grant program. link:
- See attached for draft mission statement and goals to be worked on at meeting or as follow-up activity.
- See attached for draft minutes from the last meeting
- Check out info on the Landline google drive for more info to include resources, and notes and recordings from past meetings.

Hope to see most of you at the meeting.

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What are trail hours please?
Thanks for keeping the trail open in these difficult times. May I make a request to the old timers not to stop and block the trail while guiding new comers? We should all follow the distance rule to win against this deadly virus. Thanks.
Today on the rail trail I noticed the birdhouse had been damaged and taken down near the old dumb!
I see that Mass DOT is holding a hearing Thursday evening on plans for the Gleasondale bridge replacement in Stow:

Until we find some other solution to Honey Pot Hills' refusal to allow the ARRT to go through, this bridge is the only way to connect the two severed portions of the trail. My concern is that we will need more than "bicycle accommodating shoulders" on the bridge. Ideally, this bridge would include a dedicated path that would meet the standards of the ARRT for both bicyclists and pedestrians. Would it be advantageous to have some advocates for the ARRT at this meeting?
Dog walkers leaving presents for everyone to see and enjoy ...Thank you!!!!!
Northbound, shot last weekend. Full route.

I hope it is okay to post this on here.

Marlborough Diner Named #1 in America By Travel & Leisure! We are located at 353 Lincoln Street, Marlborough, right down the street from the end of the trail. We would love to see more people come in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
The rail Trail rocks for so many reasons!

The Assabet River Rail Trail consists of two completed sections: the 5.8m Marlborough-Hudson section & the 3.4 mile Maynard-Acton section. ARRT inc is a volunteer organization that supports cleanups and other projects on the trail.

Operating as usual


To all users of the Maynard section of the ARRT, Maynard's Community Cleanup Day is this Sunday 5/2. Please support the effort by taking a bag with you on one of your weekend walks and picking up any litter you see. If you wish to formally participate, stop by Memorial Park on Summer St from 1-3pm to pick up supplies.

Maynard Town Cleanup this Sunday 5/2 from 1-3pm. Hope to see you there. Don't forget to check the area near your home and pick up any litter along the roadside. Organized by Friends of Green Maynard Events Page with support from the Maynard Litter League.

Timeline Photos 04/15/2021

Daffodils at the Marble Farm site along the trail in Maynard were peaking this past Sunday.

Daffodils at the Marble Farm site along the trail in Maynard were peaking this past Sunday.

MBTA stopping commuter train service from Littleton to Alewife 03/02/2021

MBTA stopping commuter train service from Littleton to Alewife

If you use ARRT to commute from Maynard to the South Acton train station, please be aware trains inbound to Porter Square/North Station are being replaced with shuttle buses to Alewife until May 2. See #BeaconVillager story for details & link to temporary schedule.

MBTA stopping commuter train service from Littleton to Alewife The MBTA is replacing the service with Yankee Line shuttle buses until May 2.


A bit of vehicle traffic to Crowe Island on the Track Road in Stow portion of the ARRT has compacted the snow making for great x-country skiing conditions as-of Wednesday lunchtime. Track Road in Maynard was also lovely, just a bit more work.


A bit of vehicle traffic to Crowe Island on the Track Road in Stow portion of the ARRT has compacted the snow making for great x-country skiing conditions as-of Wednesday lunchtime. Track Road in Maynard was also lovely, just a bit more work.

[01/11/21]   On January 5th, the Maynard Board of Selectmen approved a proposal to create a new Town of Maynard park and historic site adjacent to the Assabet River Rail Trail. The site is on the north side of Maynard, across Route 27 from the Christmas Motors car dealership. The site, tentatively named Marble Farm Park, was the homestead of the Marble family, starting around 1705, making it one of the very first European families to live in what became Maynard in 1871.
The half-acre site includes a small gravel parking lot on Rockland Avenue, lawns, some of the best stone walls in Maynard, and the foundation of the original house (burned in 1924).
This is also the site of the first major planting of daffodils as part of the Trail of Flowers program ( The proposal is to have a professional landscape architect company manage clearing the site of dead trees and brush piles, then installing an iron fence around the house foundation and adding stone dust paths, benches and a bicycle rack. If all goes to plan, the park proposal will be on the agenda of Maynard's May Town Meeting; if approved, work will commence in the summer and be finished by fall.


Many thanks to Maynard Girl Scout Troop 66248 who (with prior approval from the Selectboard) have added a festive air to the ARRT with their handmade bows decorating the evergreens along the Maynard section of the trail near Acton st.


The Marlborough Girl Scouts recently restored their old 2006 flower bed on Sasseville Way, as the ARRT Trail of Flowers expands into Marlborough.


Scenes from the trail today.

Surprisingly warm weather for a rainy day, walked the Assabet River Rail Trail (ARRT) towards Maynard from the South Acton train station with my mom, sister Amanda Eldridge and Olivia and Joshy! The beavers have made a lodge by the bridge, and some of the trees look close to falling! Site of the former Moroccan tannery factory built in 1892 by Einathan Jones, Jr. Both the Mill Pond and Fort Pond Brook are beautiful! Looking forward to the next phase of the ARRT, through Stow and connecting to Hudson!


Assabet River Rail Trail's cover photo


Demolition of the old factory building at 15 Broad Street (Hudson) will be starting on Tuesday, October 20th at 7AM. The demolition work will take place from 7AM to 7PM Monday through Friday and is anticipated to last approximately 3-4 weeks. The first two weeks of demolition work will require significant closures on Broad Street, the Rail Trail, and limited access to adjacent streets such as Winter Street. Broad Street.


Beautiful time of year to enjoy the ARRT along the Assabet River. Photo taken Monday morning looking towards Stow from where trail crosses White Pond rd.


Assabet River Rail Trail's cover photo


Three ARRT volunteers painting the Hudson caboose today.


Make a stop at the final 2020 Maynard Farmers Market today before, during or after using the ARRT today. Vendors are by the Mill Pond on Main st from 9-1. And you might even win some prizes.

If you’re wondering about this Saturday’s closing day raffle, here are the details: to enter, fill out a ticket at the Market’s Exit table with your name and phone # or email (one entry per shopping unit), drawing for the three prizes will be held at 1pm and you need not be present to win. Thank you to the vendors for their donations: Applefield Farm - bag of mixed greens & assortment of small squash; Balance Rock Farm - dozen eggs; Brigham Farm Stand & Greenhouses - ½ dozen ears of corn; Cookie Lady Treats - baked goods sampler pack; Hudson Hives - 16oz jar Summer Wildflower Honey; Maple Rise - maple sugar ; Brookfield Candle Company - Fall Candle; Jennifer's Handmade Soap - bars of soap ; #Wellness & Oils - lavender soap w/ wooden stand. Hope to see you Saturday! Here by the Mill Pond from 9am-1pm.


Assabet River Rail Trail's cover photo


Now when you're at the Summer St. crossing of the Assabet River Rail Trail in Maynard, not only can you enjoy Maplebrook Park (maintained by the #MaynardCommunityGardeners), but just a short distance down the road you can get yourself an ice cream treat from the recently opened Theatre Creamery featuring Gifford's Ice Cream.


Good news for trail users: bike racks have now been installed in front of Fine Art Theater / Theatre Creamery in Maynard.

One of the best parts of Theatre Creamery is how walkable & rideable it is without going on a high traffic road! We have seen many kids and families riding down from the #assabetriverrailtrail and wondering where to put their bikes! Well the #maynarddpw came to the rescue today and installed 3 bike racks out front of the Creamery and Theatre! We love this town for continuing to improve this amazing downtown! @ Assabet River Rail Trail


Two weeks ago, the Channel 5 Chronicle show spent 5 hours filming on the ARRT, in all 5 communities. It will be part of their show about Massachusetts rail trails. The broadcast date is Wednesday July 29th at 7:30 PM. But if you miss the live broadcast, no problem, as every show is permanently accessible on their website within a few hours of broadcast.

[07/13/20]   On Saturday, the 2020 Stow Town Meeting voted to approve article #56, which appropriates $70,000 to do a feasibility study for upgrading the 2.0 mile Track Road section of the ARRT.


Terry Bicycles

Science! 🤓🧪


For those of you that park in the Mill Pond parking lot for Saturday morning trail exercise in Maynard, please note the Maynard Farmers' Market starts this Saturday 6/27 and No Parking is allowed in the back corner of the lot from 7am to 2pm. That includes the nice shady area under the trees. It’s the rectangular roughly bounded by the 1st tree & the telephone pole at the end of Front st.
Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Berlin/Hudson Rail Trail

[06/21/20]   ... speaking of parking lots, the ARRT has a new one! Last month the Maynard DPW put down a modest 4-space gravel lot at the corner of Rockland Avenue and Acton Street. But that was just the start. Last week the town meeting approved a warrant to make the adjoining Marble Farm site into a town park.


Yesterday (May 25, 2020) the Town of Acton opened the 1/2 of the parking spaces at the ARRT South Acton trailhead that had been blocked off since early May. All other Covid related best practices are still in effect. 05/08/2020

Assabet River Rail Trail Map

The parking lot map for the ARRT ( has a new feature. All 14 lots have been reviewed over the past week to document which ones have any full or partial parking spaces closures. Any lot that has restricted parking will display a yellow marker. A 100% closed lot will have a red marker. Clicking on each yellow or red marker will display the date it was last checked.


On Friday May 1st, the Hannaford Supermarket on RT-85 in Hudson will start their May Community Bag Program. Each time a shopper purchases the $2.50 Community Bag or the Fight Hunger Bag (both featuring the Giving Tag) they will have the power to direct a $1 donation to a local non-profit of their choice within 7 days of their purchase.

If the customer does not direct the donation within 7 days, it will automatically be donated to the non-profit that each store's leadership has selected for the month. This will be the 2nd time we have been one of Hannaford's non-profit participants.


Lots of spring biking along the trail these days.


The invasive garlic mustard is up & in some sunny spots already blooming. Please lend a hand & pull plants you see along the trail.


The Trail of Flowers daffodils are now blooming at the South Acton trailhead. This summer and fall, we will be planting in Acton, Maynard and Marlborough. 04/10/2020

Help Maynard Reduce Polluted Runoff and Keep Our River Clean by Removing Pet Waste - Maynard Town Administrator

For any dog owners that need more convincing that they need to not only pick up, but also dispose of their dog's waste in a trashcan or toilet please think about the spread of bacteria and keeping our waterways clean. Maynard officials are reminding residents of their civic “doody” to scoop the poop in public areas and in their yards. Scooping up pet waste in public areas is important for keeping Maynard clean and inviting to both residents and visitors. But it’s just as important to properly dispose of you...


Exciting news for the #BruceFreemanRailTrail in Concord about upcoming bridge construction over route 2.

MIG Corporation of Acton has been awarded the contract for Phase 2B (the bridge over Rte. 2). Construction is expected to start this spring.


Daffodils blooming at the Marble Farm site along the trail in Maynard. A big thanks to David Mark & all the planting volunteers for the beauty.

[04/06/20]   The health and recreation departments of the 5 ARRT communities have reached out to us with COVID-19 advice:

Although most parks and playgrounds are currently closed, the Assabet River Rail Trail remains open to users. All of the 13 (official) trail parking lots are open.

It's been observed that social distancing is mostly being very well followed. But please remember that unless needed, there is no significant reason for bare-handed touching of trail kiosks, railings, signs, benches and picnic tables.


Great bike riding news for Maynard middle school students.

Check your email to read about the Fowler Cycling Club - Spring 2020 season! #bikeclub #EriksonsIceCream #AssabetRiverRailTrail


In the fall of 2018, the towns of Acton and Maynard launched a two-year pilot bike share program with assistance from local sponsors. This survey is being conducted by the Town of Acton and the bike share company Zagster.

The Town of Acton is evaluating the first year of this pilot program. Your participation in this survey will help us make improvements to the program, gauge interest in continuing and/or expanding the program. Your feedback is important, and we thank you for your participation.

If you complete the survey, there will be promo code for free rides at the end of the survey.

Our Story

The Assabet River Rail Trail consists of two completed sections: the 5.8m Marlborough-Hudson section (completed in 2005) and the 3.4 mile Maynard-Acton section (ribbon cutting August 10th 2018). The northern trailhead is on Maple Street, Acton at the South Acton MBTA station.There is also public access to the unpaved section of ‘Track Road’ in Stow which runs from White Pond Rd to Sudbury Rd. The remaining sections of the railroad route through Stow are privately owned and there is currently no workaround to connect. ARRT, inc is a volunteer organization that hosts cleanups and other projects in support of the trail. Each individual town manages its section of the trail.

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Demolition of the old factory building at 15 Broad Street (Hudson)
Trail of Flowers
South Acton Trailhead
Maynard Bridge Installation
Packing down the fill