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Wachusett Area Towns


Town of Barre, MA 01005,
Town of Holden, MA 01520,
Town of Oakham, MA 01068,
Town of Paxton, MA 01612,
Town of Princeton, MA 01541,
Town of Rutland, MA 01543,
Town of Sterling, MA 01564,
Town of West Boylston, MA 01583,

Map of towns along Mass Central Rail Trail

Map of towns along the MCRT

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Trails, Cycling, Hiking and Lots More


American Hiking Society, promoting and protecting foot trails and the hiking experience. Wachusett Greenways is a sustaining member of AHS.


American Trails, a national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling.


Appalachian Mountain Club, Worcester Chapter, the local chapter of the nation’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization.


Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway, a beltway of trails and greenways connecting 34 towns encircling Boston.


Clinton Greenway Conservation Trust, a land trust based in Clinton, MA, dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of open spaces.


East Coast Greenway, a long-distance, urban, shared-use trail system envisioned to link 25 major cities along the eastern seaboard between Calais, ME, and Key West, FL.


Green Mountain Club, Worcester Section. The Green Mountain Trail runs the length of Vermont. A Worcester-based group maintains the section near Stratton Mountain.


Hiking Resource Guide, where new hikers can learn about the activity before they hit the trails.


Mass Central Rail Trail Site. Wachusett Greenways oversees the central 30-mile section of the MCRT. Once a 104-mile railroad line connecting Boston and Northampton, MA, this corridor is being restored as the MCRT, a pathway for bicyclists, walkers, runners, baby strollers and young cyclists with training wheels, wheelchair users, cross-country skier, equestrians and nature enthusiasts.


Midstate Trail, a 95-mile footpath through Worcester County, connecting Rhode Island and the Wapack Trail in New Hampshire.


Naturally Curious with Mary Holland, an online resource based on the award-winning nature guide.


New Hampshire Railroad Revitalization Association, making a difference in New Hampshire’s economic future through transportation research and education.


Rail Trails of Massachusetts, links to useful information on bike and rail trails throughout the state.


Rails to Trails Conservancy, working with communities across America to preserve unused rail corridors by transforming them into trails, enhancing the health of America’s environment, economy, neighborhoods and people.


The Ride Connection, a central repository for cyclists and rides.


Seven Hills Wheelmen, a recreational group for adults in the Worcester, MA, area who enjoy bicycling and other outdoor activities.


TrailLink, a robust source of information on all kinds of trails across the country, provided by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.


Ware River Rail Trail, a patchwork of possibilities leading to Winchendon, MA.


Wayside Rail Trail, a proposed trail on the eastern section of the old Central Mass line.


White Oak Land Conservation Society, founded in 1978 to preserve land as open space in Holden and the region surrounding Holden.


Massachusetts State Agencies


Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Greenways’ closest partner and owner of the majority of the land our trails cross and a provider of much of WG’s funding.


Mass. Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs.


Mass. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, and managing many other environmental issues. Provider of some WG funding.


DCR Watershed Public Access Plan. The Department of Conservation and Recreation Division of Water Supply Protection (DCR/DWSP) owns 21,028 acres of land in the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed (including the reservoir). This plan explains DCR/DWSP policies and outlines control measures to be used to mitigate impacts from public access on those lands.


Mass. Office of Watershed Management manages and protects the drinking water supply watersheds for approximately 2.5 million residents of Massachusetts, primarily in Greater Boston.