Latest News on the Squannacook River Rail Trail:

Squannacook Greenways wins $18,000 grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (Jun 19, 2021)

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What's the plan to build the Squannacook River Rail Trail?

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FST report Final version of the Squannacook River Rail Trail Environmental and Engineering Assessment (PDF - 20 MB)

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Proposed sidewalk route in Townsend Harbor

Interim report by joint Townsend/Groton rail trail town committees to the two BOS.

Next Meeting of Squannacook Greenways

The next Board of Directors meeting of the non-profit Squannacook Greenways will be on Thursday, July 18, 2021 at 7:00 pm at the Nashua River Watershed Association in Groton.  Anyone interested in this project is more than welcome to attend.

What's near the Squannacook River Rail Trail?

The SRRT won't just be a recreational trail - it will also serve a serious transportation need.  See the many destinations accessible from the proposed rail trail. (Sep. 3, 2007)

Any questions?  Please email us for more information.

The trail behind the Reed Homestead in Townsend (see report for planned re-routing on a sidewalk here)

The Squannacook River Rail Trail is a proposed 3.7 mile recreational trail in Townsend and Groton in Massachusetts.  The trail is planned to begin at the Bertozzi Wildlife Management Area on Townsend Road in Groton, and end at Depot Street in the center of Townsend.  The trail parallels the Squannacook River, and runs next to the Squannacook River State Wildlife Management Area and Townsend State Forest.  It also passes through historic Townsend Harbor, passing three buildings owned by the Townsend Historical Society, the Cooperage, the Grist Mill, and the Reed Homestead.

The trail passing Harbor Pond in Townsend (see report for planned re-routing on a sidewalk here) .

The rail line that passes through Townsend leaves the Fitchburg line in Ayer, and is still in use up to Hollingsworth and Vose in Groton.  The rail line continues up into Mason, where it becomes the Mason-Greenville Railroad Trail. A follow-on stage to the Squannacook River Rail Trail could be contemplated later to continue the trail from Depot Road, across the two railroad trestles, to Old Turnpike Road, an additional distance of about 2.4 miles.