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Join us for our free Family Day on the Rail Trail Saturday June 3rd!

Time: 10 am - 2 pm (rain date is Sunday June 4th, 10-2)

Cost: Free (except canoe rentals at Harbor Pond)

Parking: Town parking lot at the corner of Riverbank Terrace and Jefts St. Overflow parking behind Memorial Hall. See map below.

Kids walking on trail

Instructions: Walk from the parking lot to Railroad St. (past Apple Meadow Hardware). The rail trail begins at the intersection of Railroad and Depot Streets. Sign in at the table and get a map of the trail, along with materials for a scavenger hunt. Activities will be set up along the walking trail along the railroad bed between Townsend center and Harbor Church in Townsend Harbor. Families can choose to walk the full 1.8 miles to Harbor Church and back for a total walk of 3.6 miles, or they can turn around at any point. Right now there is a walking trail along the full length of the future rail trail, but the rail trail itself has not been built. So we recommend everyone walk, but mountain biking the trail is possible.

Family in canoe


  • Rent a canoe at Harbor Pond (hosted by Nashoba Paddlers)
  • Nature/railroad scavenger hunt (different levels for different ages)
  • Find the largest diameter tree along the trail (measuring ropes provided)
  • Learn how to be a friend to turtles
  • Create nature-inspired art
  • See how an arborist climbs a tree without low branches
  • Learn about bike safety from the Townsend Police

Map of parking

See you on Family Day on the Rail Trail!

Map of family day walk

Start at Townsend center, and walk 1.8 miles to Harbor Church, 3.6 miles roundtrip. Or turn around wherever you wish.
Use Amazon? Here's how to help pay for the rail trail without it costing you anything

Riding the trail video

If you use Amazon, please watch this 1 minute quicktime video of how to use smile.amazon.com to help pay for building the Squannacook River Rail without it costing you anything.

Thanks also to the Townsend Library, who's free lynda.com access for Townsend residents was key to creating this video.

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Who is building the Squannacook River Rail Trail?

In a word, you! The Squannacook River Rail Trail is being built by a local non-profit, Squannacook Greenways, with money from grants and donations only. No town money is being used for construction or maintenance. The trail will be maintained by local volunteers.

Volunteers will maintain this rail trail.

The next Board of Directors meeting of the non-profit Squannacook Greenways will be on Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Groton Legion Hall in Groton.  Anyone interested in this project is more than welcome to attend.