Assabet River Rail Trail

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.

The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council has awarded us $300 for future expenses of the ARRT Trail of Flowers on the Acton section of the trail! The first Acton plantings were in November 2019 and will continue in the spring and fall of 2020.

ARRT Volunteers

Marlborough Cub Scouts - ARRT cleanup

[10/18/19]   Since yesterday’s windy storm may have brought down some tree limbs along the trail, this is a good time to remind all trail users that each town’s DPW department is responsible for the maintenance along the portion of the trail in their town. You should report any maintenance issue you encounter directly to the applicable DPW dept.

Maynard Fest

Maynard Fest is Saturday Oct 5 in downtown Maynard. You still have until Wednesday at 10am to sign your group or business as a sponsor.

Sponsorship Opportunities still available
until 10 am. on 9/25!
$500, $250, $100, and $50!

Summer is ending, but the Market is still here!

If you're near the Maynard section of the ARRT this Saturday morning, be sure include a visit to the Maynard Farmers' Market. There's a great music line-up, things to snack on, giant hoops to play with, and more. See the blog post for full details. It runs from 9am-1pm by the Mill Pond right along the trail. Don’t forget to include a slot for the Market into your new fall schedule; there are only three dates left and you won’t want to miss a single one. This Saturday, we have a great line-…

The Town of Acton has just installed 2 more bike racks at the South Acton commuter station, across from the ARRT trailhead. They are temporary until the town works out the final design of the Maple Street parking lots, but add 36 more spaces, continuing the tradition of the station with the most (136!) bike spaces in the commonwealth.

If you’re out for a morning walk, run, or ride on the Maynard ARRT section on Saturday morning, you can enjoy some great music & pick up a beverage and breakfast at the Maynard Farmers Market, which runs from 9am-1pm in the Mill Pond parking lot on Main st (adjacent to the trail).

Saturday is looking to be another great weather day for the Market. Come down & visit Applefield Farm, Balance Rock Farm, Brigham Farm, Cookie Lady Treats, Hudson Hives, Muddy Water Coffee Roasters (they'll have the tent this week) and The Compulsive Baker for all kinds of wonderful local foods. B-Organic bags is here for the final time this season (Cathy's produce bags are getting rave reviews) and Everything Alpaca will have the alpacas along with the softest gloves, socks and other alpaca items. Nan of groovyhome will show you how to create a home that you love. The Maynard Historical Commission is at the Community Table and visit volunteers from the newly launched Maynard Repair Cafe to find out what kinds of items to bring to the first Repair Cafe event on Sept 21. Staff from Be the Love Yoga will be doing yoga and activities with the kids and Graham Peck will be performing at the Serendipity Cafe Music Tent. Hope to see you there and bring along a friend or neighbor that's never been to the Market.

Large tree fell across the ARRT in Maynard, near Christmas Motors. This happened at 6:30 PM Sunday evening, about 18 hours ago. It's important to call these into the appropriate town's DPW directly, not emailing the volunteer group. This was important, not because of the relatively minor inconvenience of walking around the branches, but the same branch is leaning up against the power lines on RT-27.😟

Eversource is expected to arrive soon.

Boroughs Loop Trail to open in fall 2019

Connection coming this fall to Marlborough ARRT. A 33-mile trail that links existing trail systems in Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough, and Southborough will open in fall 2019.

Breakfast will be waiting for you at the Maynard Farmers' Market if you take a ride, walk or skip along the Assabet River Rail Trail in Maynard on Saturday morning. The vendors are there from 9-1pm. There's also music with Average Joel starting at 9:30 and craft mocktails with the team from Orange Door Hospitality at 10.

Another teaser, this time for a new item - Lime and Mint Scones!

Summer Greenway Ride and Walk Series – MAPC

For those of you who like to explore other trails, MAPC's Summer Greenway Ride and Walk Series is back. Summer Greenway Ride and Walk Series Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:21 pm.Written by Kit Un 2019 MAPC Summer Greenway Ride and Walk Series Join MAPC and some of our many partners to explore our growing greenway and trail network. This network is part of MAPC's LandLine vision to connect 1400 miles thro...

Here's what's happening at Hudson Community Fest on Saturday 6/8. Be sure to look for the ARRT volunteers at their tent along with lots of other great community organizations at 'Non-Profit way' on South Street.

What's your favorite part of Fest?

Town of Acton, Mass. Police

Detective Jon Stackhouse and Tom Kelleher of the Assabet River Rail Trail restocking the bicycle and pedestrian safety pamphlets. These pamphlets and other information can be found here and here

Mill & Main Zagster event

May has arrived and the dates for the spring 2019 ARRT bicycle and pedestrian counts are just around the corner. The Boston Region MPO is recruiting volunteers to count both off-road trails and on-street segments during two weekdays and one weekend day next week, with five possible dates from which to choose. The ARRT will be selecting their two dates soon and continue to have its counts at the South Acton trailhead.

Two weekdays out of the three listed below:
Tuesday, May 14th
Wednesday, May 15th
Thursday, May 16th

One weekend day out of the two listed below:
Saturday, May 18th
Sunday, May 19th

To learn more about the Boston Region MPO's bicycle and pedestrian counts, please visit their Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Program page at

[04/07/19]   Just a reminder that your dog must be leashed while you’re using the trail. And the leash should be short enough not to create a tripping hazard for other trail users. All trail towns have 24-hour leash laws that require all dogs be on leash except when on your private property (or other private property with permission) or an official off-leash dog park. And the laws also require that you pick up your dog’s waste and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.

[03/31/19]   It must be spring! The 3 Acton & Maynard bike share stations are being restocked and about half full. Most are rent-able, with the remainder within a week.

ARRT Trail of Flowers

Public Garden

Rail Trails are multi-modal and recreational. That even includes an a little ice skating next to the trail.🙂

This was a little 30' ice patch besides the trail. None of the streams or ponds that the ARRT crosses should ever be used.

In 2018 two different rail trails (ARRT and BFRT) opened in Acton. So the Acton Police department has written and printed a new bike safety brochure. This spring it will be placed on many of the trail kiosks and used at school safety classes. A copy can be seen at

The bridge nearest the trailhead on the Acton section of the trail.

ARRT volunteers installing the last 6 missing fence planks. Hudson DPW had done most of the repairs in September.

Acton-Maynard bike share ribbon cutting. 50+ people turned out at the Maple Street bike racks. The ride started at the Mill & Main station in Maynard, proceeded north to the South Acton station, then finished at the station in West Acton.

The bike share station in West Acton is now built and loaded with 5 Zagster bikes. If you wanted to try one of these for just a couple of hours, selected West Acton stores have discount tickets that make the 1st hour free.

The South Acton station should get its bikes placed in a day or two.


2018 Holiday lights on the ARRT caboose

2018 Holiday lights on the ARRT caboose

Trail of Flowers

18 Maynard volunteers planting 900 & 200 daffodils at Marble Farm & near Cumberland Farms for the first year of the 'Trail of Flowers'. They will bloom from March to May 2019.

Fall foliage in Marlborough

Maynard Farmers' Market

Avoid parking hassles and use the trail to walk or bike to all the Saturday activities in Maynard.

This Saturday, along with Maynard Fest, ArtSpace Open Studios and the Library book sale, is the final Maynard Farmers' Market of the season. You'll find us as usual in the Mill Pond parking lot from 9-1. Hope you all will bring any out-of-town visitors and squeeze a visit to the Market into your busy day and patronize the vendors. These days, there are many Saturday markets for vendors to pick from and consistent support each week is what will convince them to return to Maynard next season. [ 61 more words ]

[09/26/18]   We've had a report of a tree down across the Acton section of the trail, north of Sylvia st & before the bridge. Use caution in the area until it gets removed.

We have pavement! The 400 foot gap next to Duncan's Beemers in Maynard was paved over the last 2 days. The fencing, signs, tape and bollards have been removed. Still gets some more fencing, but bikes and pedestrians are now traveling right down the middle.

Maynard Farmers' Market

Add a 9:15 Zumba class this morning to your ARRT trail workout in Maynard!

At 9:15 this morning at the Market, join Zumba-instructor extraodinaire Rita & her senior class as they lead a mini Zumba class (warm-up, five songs & cool down). All are invited! Wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes & bring water.

Maynard Farmers' Market

ARRT volunteers will be at the Market's Community Table today and would love for you to stop by and say 'hi'. While you're there you can get yourself a peach and a treat for breakfast, listen to some music and paint a Maynard Rock. Runs from 9-1.

Like corn, nothing says summer like a fresh tomato and at Brigham and Applefield Farms you can currently buy tomatoes in a wondrous variety of shapes, colors and sizes. And if you aren't a canner, you can still capture summer using your freezer. Two easy ways are to peel and seed for use in soups and other dishes (dip them in boiling water to easily remove skin) or slow roast tomato slices or halved cherries with a bit of salt for winter use on sandwiches. [ 87 more words ]

2017-2018 Acton-Maynard Construction

2017-2018 Acton-Maynard Construction

Don’t be a fair-weather friend

Stop off at the Market during or after your morning walk, run or ride on the Maynard section of the trail for a breakfast treat. How does a peach & blueberry muffin sound? The Market runs 9-1. With the possibility of less-than-ideal weather the third Saturday in a row, we are putting out a gentle plea that you still make the Market part of your morning schedule this Saturday and come buy…

[08/09/18]   For those of you coming to the ribbon cutting tomorrow by car: the Acton Police will have closed the 9-space ARRT lot for the setup crews and out of town dignitaries. But the 33-space MBTA Maple Street commuter lot across the street will be 100% available. And even better, after 10:00 AM almost all of Maple Street is public parking, a fact that many people don't know.🙂

[07/25/18]   Please exercise caution while using the new sections of the trail in wet conditions. We've had user report that the striping is extremely slick when wet, with both bike & scooter slipping out from under riders.

July 21: We’ll be in the Sudbury St lot!

If you are planning a Market visit as part of your morning trail outing in Maynard, note this Saturday's change of location, a very short distance from the trail up Sudbury st. They will be paving our usual location this weekend, but don’t worry, the Market will be in Mill & Main’s Sudbury St lot (use 20 Sudbury St for GPS directions) our regular 9am-1pm h…

The 150' section in the CVS parking lot was paved this week.

ARRT volunteers have almost finished an enhancement next to the trail in Maynard. At the Marble Farm historic site, a short causeway made from old bricks connects the trail to the site.

Maynard Farmers' Market

In addition to the food, looks like there will be some great music & things for the kids if you're passing by. Market runs from 9-1.

Looks to be a picture-perfect weather day for Saturday's Market, and if you're in town, we sure hope to see you there! Joining the weekly vendors are The Compulsive Baker and artisans Parsons WoodCraft and Lisa Campo bath products.The recently formed Friends of Maynard Seniors will be recruiting members at the Community Tent and NEADS World Class Service Dogs will have information on obtaining & training service dogs. Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm camp will have activities for the kids and CrossTracks will perform at the Music tent (thanks to grants from Maynard Cultural Council & Mass Cultural Council).

Opening Day is almost here!

ARRT passes right by the Maynard Farmers' Market location. Include a walk or ride in your Saturday morning plans and pick up coffee and a treat for breakfast. Only two more sleeps until the Maynard Farmers’ Market kicks off its 23rd season on Saturday, June 30! The 2018 Market runs Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., rain or shine in the Mill Pond par…

2018 Maynard Farmer's Market starts Saturday June 30th. Maynard Girl Scouts Troop 78055 and Maynard Police will be sponsoring a bike safety event from 9:00-12:00. Then at noon there will be a bike parade on the trail, which is just feet from the market! Take your decorated bike on the trail with a parade lead by a Maynard Police bike officer.

Maynard trail users: the trail passes right behind the parking lot where the MCG plant sale will be held this Saturday 5/19. Multi-task & do some plant shopping along with your morning exercise.

The Maynard Community Gardeners will be at the Market 7/14 with a bucket planting demo, but you can visit them this Saturday 5/19 at their giant annual plant sale. 9-12, lot corner Maple & Summer sts.

[05/17/18]   Lots of news this week.

MassDOT considers the cleanup at Duncans Beemers to be finished and will start filling in the 10 foot deep hole soon, then build the trail there.
There are still issues with a utility pole on Railroad Street, paving the 100 foot gap near Summer Street and finishing the curbing and paving at the South Acton trail-head. These issues meant that MassDOT officially extended the original 24 month construction schedule an extra 2 months; June and July. But MassDOT has now set the ribbon cutting for the first week in August!

2017-2018 Acton-Maynard Construction

2017-2018 Acton-Maynard Construction

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