TWIN CITIES RAIL TRAIL:
-BIKE IT OR HIKE IT-
Last Updated: July 17, 2022
Length: Twin Cities Rail Trail; 3.9 miles
Difficulty: Easy. Flat paved rail trail.
To Start from Leominster [Southern End];
From Route 2 Westbound in Leominster take exit 100 to Main St and head left. This will bring you to Mill & Main Streets where the trail crosses. Head left on Main St and immediately spot parking spots on your left next to the cemetery.
From Route 2 Eastbound in Leominster take exit 100 to Haws St and head left. Turn right on Mill St and follow to Main St. Head left on Main St and immediately spot parking spots on your left next to the cemetery.
The Twin Cities Rail Trail follows the old rail bed of the former Fitchburg & Worcester Railroad which began service in 1850, starting in Fitchburg and running through Leominster and Sterling to connect the two cities to the Worcester and Nashua Railroad and points beyond. After many consolidations and bankruptcies in the railroad industry, the corridor came under the control of CSX Corp. In Leominster you can also access the Monoosnoc Brook Walk. For more information visit; TWIN CITIES RAIL TRAIL .
Starting from Leominster [Southern End]; From the Main Street parking lot in front of Pine Grove Cemetery travel north along the sidewalk to the intersection. Here a cross-light takes you over Mill St to the start of the Twin Cities Rail Trail.
Note; Future plans call for extending the trail south past Pine Grove Cemetery and through Cater Park before crossing Summer St. You will then pass by the old Leominster Train Station, cross Water St and end at Mechanic St.
Note; From Mechanic St if you head right you'll come to Manning Ave on your left. This is where the Monoosnoc Brook travels underneath Mechanic St. Head left along Manning Ave where the Monoosnoc Brook appears on your right. This is where you can check out the short, Monoosnoc Brook Walk. Follow the gravel path right to the west side of the brook where a paving stone path travels south alongside Monoosnoc Brook. Emerge at Central St under a blue gateway sign. Crosswalk over Central St where a stone-dust path continues south alongside the brook. Cross a pedestrian bridge and continue south along the east side of the brook. Trail ends at Adams St.
Heading North along the wide, paved Twin Cities Rail Trail. The trail is partially shaded and has many road crossings as it's an urban trail. All road crossings are marked with the street name on metal signs. Metal MILEAGE MARKERS every 0.5 miles. Pass by Doyle Field (sports fields/playground) on your right after 0.3 miles before crossing Priest Street (parking lot on your right). You then cross an arched bridge over a gully before traveling past a commercial area. You then cross Hamilton St where another bridge take you over Route 2 at 1 mile. Look right to spot the Fitchburg Airport off in the distance. Several road crossings before you cross Battles St as you cross into Fitchburg. Pass by an old cement RR Whistle Marker on your left at 3.1 miles. You come alongside some active RR tracks just before you travel underneath the John T. Centrino Memorial, cable-stayed Bridge, which crosses over the RR tracks and Nashua River on your right. I believe this is where the old rail bed joined the current active RR tracks. The trail then brings you up to 4th St at 3.6 miles. This next section is on-road (low traffic volume). Follow the Bike Signs left to Middle St, then right to 1st St and continue right to Railroad St and Decaria Park where the trail currently ends after 3.9 miles.
Note; Future plans call for extending the trail east over the active RR tracks, then north across the Nashua River and connecting to the MBTA Fitchburg Train Station.
If you are heading back towards Leominster, just follow Railroad St south back to 4th St (residential).
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