Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

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The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail follows the route of the former Framingham and Lowell Railroad. It begins at the Lowell/Chelmsford city line, about 30 miles northwest of Boston, near Cross Point, a major office complex. From there, it travels nearly 7 miles, passing the Chelmsford Mall, ducking under I-495, and providing accesses to a number of businesses along Chelmsford Street. The southwestern half of the trail is much more serene, diving into the woods along Beaver Brook and past Heart Pond before ending at Route 225/Carlisle Road in Westford.

Parking and Trail Access

Park in a designated area, as many intersecting streets do not allow for on street parking. Designated parking areas in Chelmsford are located at the Old Town Hall, the municipal lot, Pond Street, Byam School (after school hours), and the Stop & Shop parking lot on Route 110.


Love this trail

   June, 2016 by gflaherty

If you start at Cross Point in Chelmsford, it's not quite as nice as if you start in Chelmsford Center. The 2nd half is more woodsy and has better view. read more

Great trail for beginners.

   June, 2016 by kalyancv

10 mile round trip from Chelmsford center/Cushing place to trail end in westford and back. Good for beginners and pretty flat. There is a pond at halfway point with parking and seating to take a break and some play equipment for kids. Walking on this more

my go to

   March, 2016 by v.vann

I live in Lowell to have my mini getaway this is my go to trail. Just to get away from it all for just a bit. Enjoy this trail every time. read more