Upper Charles Rail Trail

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The Upper Charles Rail Trail will one day span 20 miles, connecting the communities of Milford, Ashland, Hopkinton, Sherborn, and Holliston along a former CSX rail bed. The trail is being developed in sections over two countiesMiddlesex and Worcesterand will have a stone dust surface.

About 5 miles of continuous, usable trail stretches from South Street in Braggville to downtown Holliston. This segment is bookended by stretches of improved trail surfaced in stone dust. In between them—from Hopping Brook Road to Cross Street—the trail is unimproved, but passable for walking and mountain biking.

Southwest of Holliston, another 5 miles of trail are open in Milford in two disconnected segments. The longer section stretches from the town center north to the Hopkinton town line. A highlight of this route is the trip through Louisa Lake Park.

North of Holliston, the corridor is single track all the way to the Town of Sherborn with an unimproved coarse gravel/ballast surface that is not suitable for use except for walking or rugged mountain biking.


Parking and Trail Access

In Holliston: Parking is available at Blair Square off Front Street and in a municipal parking lot off Exchange Street. On weekends only, you can also park at the New England Waterworks Association Building (125 Hopping Brook Road). On-street parking is available on Cross Street and Hopping Brook Road.

In Milford: Parking is available in Fino Field (off Granite Street) and Louisa Lake Park (off Dilla Street).


Ridden 6/16/13

   June, 2013 by hoback

I parked in the Fino Field park, Main St in Milford. This is adjacent to the Commuter Parking lot in Milford, which is a slightly more centrally located spot. I rode both parts of this trail (the Hopkinton part and the Holliston part), starting with the ...read more

Rough ride through Holliston...for now!

   April, 2013 by kltron

April 13, 2013: Did some trail work (with some very nice people) on the Holliston section near the Milford line and in the afternoon rode into Holliston on the unimproved section. There's .9 miles of nice stone dust at South St. (hint of what's coming!), ...read more

Upper Charles is mostly a smooth ride and worth it.

   December, 2012 by ggswanson

You can access the Upper Charles Trail on South Street in Holliston where is joins up with an unimproved section of the Milford Upper Charles Trail. Although it says the trail ends at Cross Street, you can ride it all the way into downtown Holliston. ...read more