WACHUSETT AQUEDUCT TRAIL:

CLINTON-NORTHBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

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Last Updated:        July 4, 2016

Length:                  Wachusett Aqueduct Trail; 9 miles

                               Northborough Southern Section; 1.8 miles

                               Northborough Northern Section; 0.5 miles

Difficulty:             Moderate. Flat hard packed grass and dirt berm. 

Directions:     

For the Northborough section; Starting from Casey Field parking lot; From I-495 take exit 24B to Route 20 west. After 2+ miles turn left on E Main St. Follow 0.7 miles to Casey Field on your left. 

The Aqueduct Trail System is an ongoing collaboration between the Mass Water Resources Authority and Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The focus is to identify and develop a connected trail system along the four aqueducts (Cochituate, Sudbury, Weston, Wachusett). As currently proposed, the trail system, when complete, will total 67 miles along three main corridors running roughly east west between Chestnut Hill and the Wachusett Reservoir in Berlin. Sections of the Cochituate Aqueduct Trail, Sudbury Aqueduct Trail, Weston Aqueduct Trail and Wachusett Aqueduct Trail have been opened to the public throughout various municipalities. For more information visit; AQUEDUCT TRAIL NETWORK . See; Cochituate Aqueduct Reservoir , Sudbury Aqueduct Trail & Weston Aqueduct Trail .

The Wachusett Aqueduct Trail follows the path of the old Wachusett Aqueduct. Opened in 1905, the 9 mile aqueduct extends from the Wachusett Reservoir  passing through Clinton, Berlin, and Northborough. 

CLINTON:

This section is proposed for development as of 2015.

BERLIN:

This section is proposed for development as of 2015.

NORTHBOROUGH:

Starting from Casey Field parking lot; Head right up E Main St along a narrow paved path to reach the Aqueduct.

Heading South; Come to a green gate on your right. This is where the Aqueduct crosses. Head right past this gate along a grass lined berm. When you approach Route 20 after 0.2 miles bear left down and underneath Route 20. This open path follows a power line, with the occasional tree root. Cross Maple St at 0.5 miles where you travel past Bartlett Pond on your right. Come to a green gate on your left at 0.8 miles.

Note; If you continue straight the trail ends at a culvert, however, nice access to the pond.

Head past the gate up to Bartlett St and head right to a cross-walk. Return to the Aqueduct past another green gate at 0.9 miles. I haven't checked out this next section as the path was not mowed. It travels atop the Aqueduct following the power lines for about another 0.9 miles before ending at Bartlett St. I don't believe the trail is developed past this point.

Heading North; Continue up E Main St and spot the green gate across the road. Caution no crosswalk. This section travels above the Aqueduct before heading down to the Wachusett Aqueduct Bridge (The Bridge is currently closed and fenced off). From below you can check out this stone arched bridge which crosses over the Assabet River Reservoir and Rice Ave. To reach the next section you need to start from Edmond Hill Woods

Starting from Edmond Hill Woods parking lot; Exit the parking lot and turn left to access the Aqueduct Trail. I haven't checked out this next section. The grass trail travels atop the Aqueduct along an open corridor before coming to Rice Ave after 0.5 miles. The Aqueduct corridor then follows Rice Ave left to Colburn St and across Bearfoot Rd. If you enter THG Corp entrance you'll see a green gate on your left where the Aqueduct continues but is not open.

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CLICK HERE FOR AQUEDUCT TRAIL SYSTEM MAP

CLICK HERE FOR NORTHBOROUGH SECTION MAP

CLICK HERE FOR EDMOND HILL WOODS TRAIL MAP

 

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