Bradford Rail Trail

Trail Map

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The newly open Bradford Rail Trail occupies the former Pan Am rail lines, beautifying an area that once lay strewn with garbage and weeds. The city and numerous dedicated volunteers created the mile-long path for pedestrians, cyclists, joggers and other non-motorized users.

The path extends between Middlesex Street and South Elm Street in Bradford. As yet, it has no benches or other amenities, and the trail is surfaced with a thin layer of recycled asphalt chips. The Bradford Rail Trail has no lights and will be closed at dark for now.

Many hands pitched in to create the trail, including volunteers from numerous organizations. Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail invite volunteers to continue with additional work that remains to be done, including helping to keep the area trash-free.

Iron Horse Preservation, a nonprofit organization based in California, donated their services to remove the old rails and ties. For $400,000 the city purchased the abandoned right-of-way from Pan Am Railways in 2008, compliments of a state grant.

Parking and Trail Access

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Still Under Development

   September, 2014 by sbuscema

Although open and available to the public, the Bradford Rail Trail is still in the same condition it was after being acquired several years back. The rail tracks have been replaced with a hard pack trail and there has been some cleanup efforts as well. more

Wouldn't do it again

   September, 2013 by scottiewyatt

The trail is not very scenic in the summer. You get glimpses of the river but it's mostly covered with foliage. It ends at a restaurant in a part of town that doesn't seem very safe. We won't be doing this trail again. read more