Ware River Rail-Trail


Ware River Rail-Trail Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Worcester
Length: 12 miles
Trail end points: Coldbrook Springs and Baldwinville
Trail surfaces: Ballast, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016025
Trail activites: Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking

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Ware River Rail-Trail Description

This unpaved state-owned trail is open for public use from Coldbrook to Baldwinville. An on-road detour is necessary through the village of Baldwinville, but the right-of-way is open for public use on an informal basis from the outskirts of Baldwinville to the outskirts of Winchendon, except where it is blocked by the Route 2 embankment 0.9 miles north of Templeton. Two rights-of-way extend into New Hampshire from Winchendon, making this trail a key link in an extensive network of interstate trails.

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Ware River Rail-Trail Reviews

like a previous rider stated, it has a significant amount of soft ground, so even though in very good shape, my muscles were screaming towards the end of my 20 mile ride. i parked off rte 2a in templeton and rode south to the end point and came back. there's very little as far as scenery, but for a switch-up from a rugged trail ride or to take the place on a rainy day from a road ride, it was perfect. if you want scenery, travel to nh...but if you want a trail ride that is nothing more and nothing less, then this is just what the doctor ordered. have fun and be safe...

I've been lurking on TrailLink.com for a while now, and finally decided to dust off the old mountain bike and give a Rail Trail a shot!

The Ware River RT was a combination of both local and long enough to get a feel for Rail Trailing.

What a nice experience! I began my ride on the southern end of the trail, mainly because I knew there was ample off-street parking at that end (I drive by it every day to work). Peaceful and tame would be my first two words to describe my trip. The trail is fairly flat and easy to travel. Streams pass under the trail every so often, and small gurgling waterfalls greet you every so often.

A word of caution for anyone visiting this trail anytime soon: Although it seems like it is in general well-kept, the recent passing of Hurricane Katrina and the tropical rains a week later have caused several trees to fall across the trail. In addition, the trail was flooded out in a few spots, mostly an inch or two of standing water, but in one spot, the water was a good 6" deep, all the way across the trail, for a few hundred feet. (Note that the aforementioned tiny waterfalls may only be there after heavy rains!).

Overall, I would recommend this Rail Trail to anyone looking for a quiet, relaxing ride through the forest. Although I did not have time to take the trail to it's northern conclusion, the 3/4's of the trail that I did ride was worth the trip!

"from here to Worcester is is called the Wachusett Greenway but is very fragmented."


The sections of the Mass. Central Rail Trail in Oakham, Rutland, Holden and West Boylston were built and are managed by the non-profit Wachusett Greenways, but do not share the organization's name.

Also, the Central Mass. RR never went to Worcester.


This is part of the Mass. Central or Central Mass RR that ran from Northampton to Boston 104 miles. It is still in pieces and being made into a Rail Trail. from here to Worcester is is called the Wachusett Greenway but is very fragmented.

I had a nice ride on this trail - nothing spectacular, but very woodsy and quiet. Although all the gates say "no wheeled vehicles", I assume this warns motorized vehicles, or what's the point? This 13 mile trail is label as "Corridor 71". Is there a Mass trail naming scheme? Found the trail in good shape - mostly packed dirt and stone with occasional sand. There is a Rt 2 bypass on a private road at the northern end, but it is very rough with hills, loose stone, and sand. I gave up after a half mile or so.

There is another unmarked trail that crosses RT 122 a few miles to the east (with a new bridge near the road). Anyone have info on this one?

We rode this 12 mile trail from RT122 to Rt 2 and back yesterday. This trail is tough. The dirt is very soft 80% of the ride. The ride is as the pictures show. Very featureless. A couple of nice vistas of the river but basically boring. The soft sand made the ride feel 10 miles longer. And I thought we were in shape! Very quiet, good parking, plenty of shade for the positive side!!

I rode this trail from the south end up to Rt.2. The first few miles are very rough because of horse traffic not the best Mt. biking but it improved as you went north. Lots of interest to see along the way and
in all a ride to be done.

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