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 nearly 5 miles of paved, off-road trail. In Gardner, a 2.5-mile on-road route is also available along Green, Kelton, Wheeler and Stone Streets.

The northernmost section travels just shy of a mile across Winchendon from Summer Street to Glenallen Street, connecting residents to Whitney Pond and the Clark Memorial Community Center.

Just south of Winchendon, the trail picks up again and travels through dense woodlands about 3 miles to the northern outskirts of Gardner.

Further south, the trail continues through a picturesque part of Gardner. This section begins between Mount Wachusett Community College and Heywood Hospital and runs nearly a mile to the Veterans Memorial Skating Rink along the eastern shore of Crystal Lake.

Parking and Trail Access

In Winchendon, parking can be found at the Clark Memorial Community Center (155 Central Street) on the trail's western end, 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 at the north end of the trail and at Veterans Memorial Skating Rink (45 Veterans Drive) at the south end of the trail.


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

Work continues on this trail...

   August, 2015 by rlbalogh

Work continues on the trail which will link the Gardner path with the short Winchendon path. As you ride north from the car park on Rte 140 in Gardner, you can continue on an unpaved path to the junction of 140 and 12. After riding on 140 North (Spring more