Connecting the Wachusett community with trails and greenways
Wachusett Greenways’ mission is connecting the Wachusett-area community with trails and greenways. Our key project is the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) in central Massachusetts.
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. Click here to volunteer or donate.
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. On October 1st, we celebrated the 20th birthday of the MCRT opening (see pics below).
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Celebrating Mass Central Rail Trail’s 20th Birthday
Twenty good friends of the Mass Central Rail Trail helped cut the ribbon at the 20th birthday celebration on October 1st at the West Boylston entrance
From left to right:
Phil Thomann—trail volunteer and encourager of all
Jim Abrams—WG support whenever needed
Richard Bisk—Princeton Selectman
Maggie and Ruth Spaulding—Springdale Mill Committee
John Hadley—West Boylston Selectman
Rocky Goodreau—Sawizard volunteer from the beginning
Richard Williamson—MCRT and statewide rail trail booster
Ed Yaglou—visionary and co-builder for the Mass Central Rail Trail and MCRT logo designer
Mike Peckar—WG board member and bridge recycler
Maureen Cranson—Sterling Selectman
Anita Scheipers—West Boylston Town Administrator
Jim O’Day—MA State Representative, 14th Worcester District
John Scannell—MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Regional Director, Division of Watershed Protection
Lew Evangelidis—Worcester County Sheriff
Bruce Pennino—MCRT bridge engineer
Joanne Root—WG booster who guided and encouraged us from the beginning along with Elton Root (1927-2009)
Vivianne Ouellette — WG volunteer leader, along with Hank Ouellette
Colleen Abrams—WG president and co-founder in 1995 (holding MCRT cake)
Thank You to all the Cake Bakers!
Karen Greenwood and Lynne Amsden
Steve and Norma Chanis
Cornerstone Bank — Holden
Ted del Donno
Gerardo’s Italian Bakery
Oakdale Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Mike and Rachel Peckar
Sentry Oil — Stidsen family
Doug and Jeanne Wipf
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.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced $1.8 million in 49 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants to community trail projects throughout the Commonwealth, which will construct …read more
THANK YOU to the Walmart Foundation for sponsoring the MCRT 20th Birthday Party. Thank you Walmart #4387, West Boylston Manager Jose Martinez and Community Connector Delmar Sherrill for their steadfast support.read more
Are you ready to join Wachusett Greenways as a trail patroller? Contact Colleen Abrams 508-479-2123 or contact us to learn more. You can select your favorite trail section and sign on as a year round patroller. You can help the Mass Central Rail Trail and White Oak...read more
Read our latest mail update …read more
The fifth annual Massachusetts Trails Conference takes place on November 4, at 99 Erdman Way in Leominster, sponsored by the DCR and the MARTAB. For more information about the conference and hands-on workshops, field trips, and sessions lead by trail experts,read more
Now is the time for fall trail clearing and ditch cleaning. This is a great ‘all hands on deck’ season to enjoy working together to steward our trail. Please check the schedule and sign on now for the days and times when you can help. We’ll e-mail you a confirmation....read more
Wachusett Greenways Events
Snowshoe/Hike/Ski to Poutwater Pond – Saturday, February 10, 9:30 AM
Location: Contact us for meetup location
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
This 3-mile round-trip hike will ascend 300 feet in elevation through the North Sterling Woods and then traverse open fields. We will stop at the pond's Bog Walk and enjoy pristine views. Poutwater Pond is a delightful destination any time of the year, but few venture there in winter. The bog and pond were named a National Natural Landmark in 1972. Snowshoes are available for loan. Nordic skiers are welcome, but beware the terrain is steep in sections. Contact Mike to sign up and reserve snowshoes at 508-829-3954 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or take a walk on the Mass Central Rail Trail anytime to see the wonders of winter. When you layer up for the weather and bring walking pole or a pair of ‘grippers’ for your shoes, you’ll enjoy a winter trek on the trail.