Mass Central Rail Trail - West Boylston to Holden
ElevationAscent: 381' 116 m
Descent: -142' -43 m
High: 746' 227 m
Low: 397' 121 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
Popular rides nearby
Colton Road Conservation Area (AKA Rayburn Trails)
4.2 mi 6.8 km • Loop • 244 ft Ascent 74.47 m Ascent
Boxboro Trail Link-Up
9.3 mi 14.9 km • Loop • 545 ft Ascent 166.08 m Ascent
Groton Town Forest Marked Loop
6.3 mi 10.1 km • Loop • 238 ft Ascent 72.45 m Ascent
Southern New England Trunkline Trail
23.8 mi 38.3 km • Point to Point • 365 ft Ascent 111.4 m Ascent
Russel Mill - GBF Linkup
19.8 mi 31.9 km • Loop • 890 ft Ascent 271.15 m Ascent
11.1 mi 17.9 km • Loop • 839 ft Ascent 255.69 m Ascent
“Popular, well-maintained rail trail that follows and crosses over the Quinapoxet River twice.”— JB Lowell
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
The trail follows along the Quinapoxet River for much of its length, and passes the remains of the once bustling Springdale Mill. The rail trail has a very smooth, well packed stone dust or gravel surface, with several flowy singletrack offshoots that make up an interesting and varied trail network. You'll encounter lots of people on the rail trail at any time of the year, but the offshoots see only occasional riders and joggers.
Need to Know
If you are bringing a bike, park at the Thomas St. Lot. The entrance before Old Stone Church does not allow bikes.
At this point, the trail departs north from the parking area and no longer follows the abandoned railroad bed. The smooth and well-maintained doubletrack trail wanders through several small rolling hills until emerging on Manning Street at the 3.7 mile mark.
Cross the road and continue up a steep gravel section that can be a little rough if a recent thunderstorm has caused some erosion. The trail bends to the west and at the top of the hill and follows the right-of-way for the Wachusett Aqueduct that carries water for metropolitan Boston from the Quabbin Reservoir. Pass through a clearing behind a private residence and take in the view of Mount Wachusett to the north.
At the 4.5 mile mark the trail veers right off the right of way and quickly turns into a tight series of switchbacks descending quickly to the intersection of Wachusett and Mill Streets at mile mark 4.8, where you'll find a small parking area.
History & Background
Local Club: Wachusett NEMBA
Land Manager: Massachusetts State Parks - Department of Conservation