Twin Cities Rail Trail


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Twin Cities Rail Trail Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Worcester
Length: 4.7 miles
Trail end points: 1st & Railroad St (Fitchburg) and 186 Main St by Carter Park (Leominster)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017397

Twin Cities Rail Trail Description

The Twin Cities Rail Trail is a 4.7-mile that will ultimately connect downtown Fitchburg and downtown Leominster, providing both recreation and an alternative commuting route for residents. As of June 2022, the first segment of the trail is open to the public. From 1st St in Fitchburg to Carter Park in Leominster, this 12-foot-wide paved path runs through residential areas and passes by multiple parks and playgrounds, local businesses, and the Fitchburg Municipal Airport.

For most of the route, the trail is parallel to the winding North Nashua River, even running close beside it for stretches at a time. Much of the trail is lined with trees and just before crossing the border from Fitchburg to Leominster, it passes over a small brook via a pedestrian bridge. 

The completion of the trail will involve expanding it at both ends in order to connect downtown Fitchburg with downtown Leominster. The expansion into downtown Fitchburg will reach the MBTA train station and will include a bridge over the North Nashua River. Phase 2, slated for completion in 2024, will connect to the two downtowns and to the MBTA via the Fitchburg train station.

Parking and Trail Access

North Central Massachusetts' regional transit system (MART) provides access to the trail. Visit the MART website to use their trip planner tool and refer to the TrailLink map to find the most convenient transit stop for your adventure.

For those driving, parking is available at a number of locations along the trail. Visit the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions. In Leominster, parking can be found by Carter Park (along Main St and Summer St) and in a parking lot by Doyle Field (100 Priest St). There are also several designated parking spots are available off Benson Street in Fitchburg. 

When the full trail is complete, parking also will be available at the MBTA commuter rail station in downtown Fitchburg.


Twin Cities Rail Trail Reviews


An excellent trail. Not really the best choice for nature-bathing, but surely the most pleasant way to ride between Fitchburg and Leominster. Smooth, wide, and flat. Lots of street crossings but they’re all pretty well done.

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