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DCR First Day Hike at Wachusett Reservoir

Location: Sterling

Date: 01/01/2019
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Department of Conservation and Recreation invites you to join all 50 states on January 1, 2019 for a First Day Hike! Celebrate the New Year with a First Day Hike at Wachusett Reservoir as we walk along the shores and trails of the Reservoir and learn the history behind the water supply that provides clean drinking water to over 2.5 million people. Attendees please meet at Gate 35 at the intersection of Route 110 and Chace Hill Rd in Sterling. The hike starts at 10 a.m. and is approximately 3 miles, about 90 minutes long. Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. If conditions permit bring snowshoes and hiking poles. Dogs are not permitted on Watershed property.

Greenways News

Wachusett Greenways periodically updates this page with announcements, trail reports and conditions. If you find an issue with any part of the trail, please use the button below to Report a Trail Issue.

Trail Open in West Boylston

The MCRT in West Boylston is OPEN this weekend, December 15 and 16.

There will be some days with trail closed next week. Check back here for updates.

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If you encounter a bear ….

In September a person on the Mass Central Rail Trail in Rutland reported to the Wachusett Greenways trail patrol volunteer that they encountered a bear on the trail. In August two piles of bear scat were found in the MCRT parking lot at Wachusett Street, Rutland. Here...

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Connecting the Wachusett community with trails and greenways

Wachusett Greenways’ mission is connecting the Wachusett-area community with trails and greenways. In 1995, this all-volunteer nonprofit group and our partners began to build and maintain trails. Wachusett Greenways’ key project is the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) in central Massachusetts. Members, volunteers, donors and many partners are central to our work. We have completed 19 miles of the planned 30 miles of the MCRT through the towns of Sterling, West Boylston, Holden, Rutland, Oakham and Barre. The first section of trail opened in 1997.

Wachusett Greenways members, volunteers and donors are working to complete the central 30 miles along with our partners including the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation and other Commonwealth agencies, eight towns, regional foundations and businesses. Other communities are working complete the entire 104 miles of the Mass Central Rail Trail between Northampton and Boston.

Learn more about Wachusett Greenways here!