Grand Trunk Trail

photo: Old road bridge near Connecticut line, Douglas, MA. Photo by Scott Benoit Type: Rail Trail
Length: 3.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Runs between Southbridge and Old Sturbridge Village.
States: Massachusetts
Counties: Worcester
Latitude: 42.08133   Longitude: -72.04917

I-90 (MA turnpike) Exit 9 or I-84 Exit 3 to Route-20 West, on to Route-131 East. Follow signs to the recreation area.
Or
I-84 Exit 1 to Mashapaug Rd. Follow signs to Dam and Rec. area

Description

The Grand Trunk Trail begins in the Town of Southbridge, Massachusetts and follows the old Grand Trunk Railroad bed through a variety of spectacular landscapes. Upon completion, the 5-mile trail will connect to historic Old Sturbridge village via a bicycle trail along the Quinebaug River. This trail is a link in the growing east-west greenways system taking shape in southern New England. It not only connects with trails in nearby States, but will also provide access to the Westville Recreation Area, a 578-acre flood control project utilized by hikers, bicyclists and fisherman.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Crushed rock, compacted
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2001

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Keith Beecher
Park Manager
US Army Corps of Engineers
Westville Lake
24 Riverview Ave.
Fiskdale , MA 1518
(508) 347-3705
keith.w.beecher@usace.army.mil
http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/recreati/wvl/wvlhome.htm

 

Photos

On the side of Westville Dam, Southbridge/Sturbridge line. Photo by Scott Benoit.

On the side of Westville Dam, Southbridge/Sturbridge line. Photo by Scott Benoit.

Rock cut on Grand Trunk Trail, Brimfield, MA. Photo by Scott Benoit.

Rock cut on Grand Trunk Trail, Brimfield, MA. Photo by Scott Benoit.

 

Raised trail bed rises above the snow, Brimfield, MA. Photo by Scott Benoit.

Raised trail bed rises above the snow, Brimfield, MA. Photo by Scott Benoit.

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