COCHITUATE RAIL TRAIL:

FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-

Last Updated:       June 27, 2015

Length:                 Cochituate Rail Trail; 1.3 miles

Difficulty:             Easy. Flat paved rail trail. 

Directions:     

From I-93 take exit 13 to Route 30 east. Cross Speen St and take your first right into the Home Depot parking lot. Park in the first lot. The trail begins just across Route 30. Head left along Route 30 to reach a cross-light as this is a busy road.

The Cochituate Rail Trail, also called the Cochituate Brook Reservation Trail in Framingham, follows the old Saxonville Branch rail line from the Village of Saxonville in Framingham to an active Boston to Worcester commuter line in Natick Center. Built in 1846, the historic Saxonville Branch was used to construct the dam for Lake Cochituate, which supplied water to the City of Boston from 1848 to 1951. The line also serviced the textile mills of Saxonville until 1973. Currently the Framingham section has been completed while the Natick section is still under design (As of July 2015). See: COCHITUATE RAIL TRAIL or FRIENDS OF SAXONVILLE for more information.

Starting from Route 30; A map board is located here. 

Note; Future plans call for building a bridge over Route 30 to connect with the future Natick section of the trail.

Note; Just east 0.2 miles up Route 30 is the entrance to COCHITUATE STATE PARK . A narrow paved trail travels alongside Route 30.

The paved trail travels north along an industrial corridor before traveling underneath the I-90 on/off ramps followed by I-90 at 0.4 miles. A cross-light takes you over Old Connecticut Path where you'll cross over Cochituate Brook via an iron bridge. Here the trail follows the brook along your right along a nicely wooded section. Come to School St and another map board in Saxonville. The trail then travels a short distance alongside Concord St before ending just before the Sudbury River after 1.3 miles.

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