COCHITUATE RAIL TRAIL:

FRAMINGHAM-NATICK, MASSACHUSETTS

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Last Updated:       April 7, 2021

Length:                 Cochituate Rail Trail Framingham Section; 1.2 miles

                               Carol Getchell Trail; 0.6 miles

Difficulty:             Easy. Flat paved rail trail. 

Directions:     

To start from Route 30 [Framingham]; From I-90 take exit 117 to Route 30 east. Cross Speen St and take your first right into the Home Depot parking lot. Park in the first lot. 

To start from Navy Yard Field parking lot [Natick]; From the junction of Routes 9 & 27 in North Natick follow Route 27 south for 0.8 miles. Turn right on Washington Ave. The park is on your left.

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. See; COCHITUATE RAIL TRAIL; NATICK or FRIENDS OF SAXONVILLE for more information.

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

Note; Construction is still underway, as of April 2021, building a bridge over Route 30 and continuing the trail through Natick.

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

The paved Cochituate Rail 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 at 1.2 miles and the end of the trail.

Note; From here you can connect to the Weston Aqueduct Trail either on-road or via the Carol Getchell Trail. Cross School St and travel on-road (sidewalk available) along Concord St. Cross a bridge over the Sudbury River and come to the entrance for Saxonville Village (black metal fence) on your right.  

Option A; Continue on-road along Concord St, which becomes Elm St, north up hill to where the Weston Aqueduct Trail crosses the road after 1.1 miles. 

Option B; Travel right through Saxonville Village to Costanza Park and head left. The Dyke is on your right. Pass by a gate and continue straight along Danforth Ct out to Danforth St and turn right. Just before the river cross over to Sudbury Landing. Just past the old Danforth Street Bridge (now a pedestrian bridge) will be the entrance for the Carol Getchell Trail after 0.6 miles. [Mt Bike recommended] This narrow, hard packed dirt, rock & tree root trail travels north alongside the Sudbury River. The trail starts off utilizing boardwalks along the floodplain. Pass by a set of stairs on your left that lead up to Stapleton School. Pass through a metal fence to a wide grassy area. This is where the Hultman Aqueduct crosses, but no bridge over the river. Pass through another fence as the rocky, rooty trail continues north. Come to the Little Farms Road parking lot after 1.2 miles. A narrow trail continues north bringing you to the Weston Aqueduct Trail after 1.4 miles.

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