WESTON AQUEDUCT TRAIL:

SOUTHBOROUGH-WESTON, MASSACHUSETTS

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Last Updated:       December 22, 2020

Length:                 Weston Aqueduct; 13.5 miles 

                               Southborough Section; ? miles

                               Framingham-Wayland Section; ? miles

                               Carol Getchell Trail; ? miles

Difficulty:             Moderate. Flat hard packed grass and dirt berm. Hilly in spots. Mt Bike recommended.

Directions:     

For the Southborough Section [Western End]; Starting from Northboro Road; From I-495 take exit 23C to Simarando Rd and head left. Turn left on Northboro Rd and travel 1.2 miles to off road parking on your right by the pumping station. Trail crosses road just ahead. 

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/Hultman Aqueduct Trail and Wachusett Aqueduct Trail have been opened to the public throughout various municipalities. See; Cochituate Aqueduct Reservoir , Sudbury Aqueduct Trail & Wachusett Aqueduct Trail .

The Weston Aqueduct Trail follows the path of the old Weston Aqueduct. Opened in 1903, the 13.5 mile aqueduct was designed to deliver water from the Sudbury Reservoir in Framingham to the Weston Reservoir in Weston. Starting from the Sudbury Dam it travels through Southborough, Framingham, Wayland, and Weston. The Hultman Aqueduct opened in 1939, it replaced the Weston Aqueduct, which is now itself a secondary system.   

SOUTHBOROUGH:

Starting from Northboro Road [Western End]; I haven't checked out this section. See; Map below.

Heading North; 

Heading South; 

Come to Boston Rd (Route 30) after x miles.

Note; The trail continues right on-road (narrow shoulder) across the reservoir. Future plans call for the trail to head left up along the reservoir and back out to Stony Brook Rd/Boston Rd (Route 30). The proposed Peninsula Trail (part of the Weston Aqueduct Trail) would be 1.6-miles and will serve as a future connection to Framingham’s Weston Aqueduct Trail located 0.4 miles east of Stony Brook Rd on the right side of Route 30.

FRAMINGHAM:

I haven't checked out any of these sections yet. It appears to be hilly and mostly grass. I believe it starts out following the Hultman Aqueduct before veering north along the Weston Aqueduct. Not a lot of information available. No Keep Out signs. Some gates are green, others are yellow. Not sure if that has any meaning. If you have any information concerning this trail please email me at letterbox@snet.net .

Starting from Route 30, just south of Pine Hill Rd [Central Section]; The grass Hultman Aqueduct Trail travels past a green gate up a wide meadow. You'll cross Pleasant St (Caution no crosswalk), Flanagan Dr, Major Hale Dr, Millwood St, Grove St and Edgell Road. I don't have any mileage information.

Note; The Hultman Aqueduct keeps going until just past Elm St where you encounter the Sudbury River (which I believe has no bridge). The Carol Getchell Trail crosses here. I don't have any mileage information. Across this river the Hultman Aqueduct Trail continues from Meadows Street Ext east 4.8 miles to Wellesley St past which the Hultman Aqueduct enters the Norumbega Reservoir.

From Edgell Road; Head left on-road up Edgell Rd. After 0.3 miles look left to spot the Weston Aqueduct Trail. Map board. This short section travels southwest crossing McAdams Rd before coming to Lyman Rd. 

Note; I believe the trail stops here, but may connect into the Hultman Aqueduct Trail  in the future. I don't have any mileage information.  If you have any information concerning this trail please email me at letterbox@snet.net .

Just further up Edgell Rd the Weston Aqueduct continues off Whiting Rd on your right, however as of 2020 this section is closed, creating a gap in the trail. Detour. Starting mileage from here; Continue on-road up Edgell Rd to Water St and head right on-road (narrow shoulder/sidewalk). After 0.5 miles pass a cross-light. On your right is where the future trail will come out. Pass by Bacon Rd (Aqueduct crosses to your right) where you'll pick up a BIKE LANE. The Weston Aqueduct is along your right. Come to Potter Rd after 0.8 miles where the Weston Aqueduct Trail picks up again. Map board and informational sign. The hard packed dirt & grass Weston Aqueduct Trail travels atop the Aqueduct. You quickly come to a brick building (Aqueduct Gate House). Continuing along the open forested corridor you'll cross a couple of roads before crossing Elm St. Map board, informational signs and cross-light. Come to an intersection after 2.5 miles just before a bridge over the Sudbury River and the Wayland border. 

Note; A path on your right leads to the Carol Getchell Trail. This trail travels south along the Sudbury River passing by the Little Farms Road parking lot. See Below.

WAYLAND:

I haven't checked out this section yet. The Weston Aqueduct Trail continues into Wayland after crossing a bridge over the Sudbury River. Cross Stonebridge Rd where you'll find a Map board, informational sign and granite marker. Cross Route 126 at 3.8 miles (Caution no crosswalk). The Aqueduct turns north before crossing Herland Way and returning to Route 126 at 5 miles. Here the trail detours off the Aqueduct. A paved trail heads right alongside the road. Crosswalks at the intersection and the paved trail continues north alongside Route 126 before rejoining the Weston Aqueduct Trail after 5.3 miles heading east. Cross Pine Brook road followed by Old CT Path at 6.3 miles. (Caution no crosswalk) Informational sign. Come to Buckskin Dr  in Weston after 6.7 miles. The trail ends here as the Weston Aqueduct travels via tunnel. The final section begins at the Weston Reservoir in Weston.

WESTON:

I haven't checked out this section yet. Starting from the Ash Street parking lot [Eastern End]; Bikes not allowed along this section. Heading north (across the road) the dirt/grass lined Weston Aqueduct Trail travels alongside the western side of a canal for the Weston Reservoir. When you reach a reservoir building at top of the canal the trail then heads back south alongside the eastern side of the canal back to Ash St. Head back to the parking lot and continue south along the dirt/grass lined trail alongside the Weston Reservoir. At some point the trail appears to improve before you come to some more reservoir buildings at the southern end of the reservoir. According to the map the trail then continues south atop the aqueduct out to Newton St. The trail ends here as the Weston Aqueduct travels via tunnel. I don't have any mileage information. If you have any information concerning this trail please email me at letterbox@snet.net .

CAROL GETCHELL TRAIL:

I haven't checked out this trail yet. From the southern end of the trail you can connect on-road to the Cochituate Rail Trail .

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CLICK HERE FOR CAROL GETCHELL TRAIL BROCHURE & MAP

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