North Central Pathway

Trail Map

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The North Central Pathway will one day stretch 16 miles between the cities of Winchendon and Gardner in northern Massachusetts, primarily along a former railroad right-of-way. Three open sections currently offer just over 11 miles of paved, off-road trail.

The northernmost section travels across Winchendon from Summer Street to N. Ashburnham Road, connecting residents to Whitney Pond and the Clark Memorial Community Center.

Southeast of Winchendon, the trail picks up again and travels from Old Gardner Road through dense woodlands to Gardner's north end near the Perley Brook Reservoir.

Another section of trail winds through a picturesque part of Gardner. This section begins at Stone Street and runs past Mount Wachusett Community College and Heywood Hospital. The trail splits just north of the hospital with one fork traveling to the Veterans Memorial Skating Rink on the eastern shore of Crystal Lake, and the other branch traveling past Gardner Middle and High schools and ending near Dunn State Park.

Parking and Trail Access

In Winchendon, parking can be found at the Clark Memorial Community Center (155 Central Street), as well as at the intersection of Glenallen Street and Route 12 on the eastern side.

In Gardner, a parking lot is available off Green Street and at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink (45 Veterans Drive) at the south end of the trail.


Next - avoid.

   April, 2016 by jadsmith001

A sad collection of little trails not held together by non-existent sign posts.The start of the trail in Winchendon MA (155 Central Street) is not visible from the road. Turn right off Central Street go past the YMCA on the left, take a left at the playing more

Status on construction.

   November, 2015 by rlvezina

If you begin your ride in Winchendon Center heading South the path is in full service and travels along Whitney Pond. A new section beginning at route 12 and 202 junction, is under construction and looks to be paved from the junction of route 12 and 202 more


   August, 2015 by rlbalogh

The short Winchendon trail is being extended southwards towards Gardner. As of 8-30-15, blacktop has been laid to about 1/2 mile south of the 202/12 junction. I've walked down the construction site from there towards Gardner and it passes over some lovely more