“A former rail alignment stretching from Palmer, MA to Franklin, MA.
— Michael Sasseville
The Southern New England Trunkline Trail is a great rail trail, having been created from the remnants of the rail line that used to deliver goods to the area. Today, the gentle path is an enjoyable multi-use trail, frequented by many local residents.
This route is typically ridden in out-and-back segments or loops using portions of local roads. As show, the entire route would be a ~24 mile, point-to-point, shuttle ride.
The trail itself is made up of a marginally improved rail trail with railroad ballast removed in most locations. The whole trail extends over 20 miles, connecting the towns of Douglas, Woonsocket, and Franklin.
The full route from Palmer may one day be fully connected. Today, major obstacles divide the trail into three major sections: Southern New England Trunkline Trail: West Segment
, Southern New England Trunkline Trail: 146 to Blackstone River
, and Southern New England Trunkline Trail: East Segment
All of the trail portions are similar in nature, being relatively flat and having either a crushed rock or paved surface. When taken from west to east, the trail will be gently downhill, dropping a total of 400ft over the course of the trail.
Please be alert, as the trail is often used by equestrians and hikers. Some sections are sandy.