The Boroughs Trail is coming! You can help blaze the way

by beth on June 18, 2019

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Above: A long worked on project to connect Southborough’s and neighboring towns’ trails into one big loop is near completion. Volunteers can help mark the path. (images L-R from contributed photo and logo, online map)

Southborough’s Trails Committee has an exciting announcement. They are also recruiting volunteers to ensure the announcement is true.

The 33 mile Borough’s Trail will be completed this fall. A Grand Opening is scheduled for October 5th. But there is still some work needed to reach that goal. And volunteers are being recruited:

Before the BLT can open this fall, trails in all four communities must be blazed with the BLT logo to help trail users stay on course.

Several groups of volunteers have already signed on to help out this summer, and the planners welcome anyone one who is interested in volunteering, whether it’s for just a few hours or to become part of the project team.

According to the announcement, Southborough will continue to make some trail improvements after the loop is completed.

Below are some contributed images of the trail views in Southborough and surrounding towns, the draft map, and the trail sponsors/collaborators.

Broroughs Trail Southborough photo contributed Broroughs Trail photos from neighboring towns contributed Boroughs Loop trail draft map Boroughs trail sponsors 

Here is the rest of the announcement: 

Boroughs Loop Trail to Open in Fall 2019

After several years of planning, the Boroughs Loop Trail (BLT) will open in Fall 2019. The BLT is a 33-mile trail that links existing trail systems in Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough, and Southborough.

The loop includes the Panther Trail in Marlborough, the Sudbury Reservoir Trail in Southborough, the Charm Bracelet in Westborough, and about 20 miles of trails in Northborough that are managed by the Northborough Trails Committee.

The BLT will provide area residents with an outstanding opportunity to get outside and explore the special places in their communities. Highlights include:

  • The Felton Conservation Land on the Marlborough-Northborough line, which has lovely woodlands and large open grasslands that are ideal for bird watching.
  • The Assabet River Rail Trail that runs from Marlborough to Hudson and provides opportunities to rent a bike or stop for a cup of coffee.
  • Views of the beautiful Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, a 170-acre active farm owned by the Trustees of Reservations.
  • The Charm Bracelet, which is a 60+ mile network of trails with a 28-mile loop that connects most of the open space in Westborough.
  • The great Crane Swamp, a 2,225-acre conservation area that spans all four communities and includes Cedar Hill in Northborough, a property with unusual shrub habitat that supports birds such as the blue-winged warbler and eastern towhee.

The vision to create a regional trail started in 2014 with a feasibility study commissioned by the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation. A Boroughs Loop Trail Committee was formed to plan the links between trail sections and create trail signs and trail maps. The committee included representatives from each community, volunteers from local trail committees, and staff from Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT), a land trust that maintains over 60 miles of trails in the region.

Funding was secured from several sources including the State DCR Recreational Trails Grant Program, Marlborough Rotary Club, and City of Marlborough DPW and Conservation Commission.

Although the BLT makes use of existing trails, some new trails have been cleared in order to create the loop. In Marlborough, for example, Eagle Scout candidates and their volunteer crews, along with students from the AMSA charter school, members of the Marlborough Rotary Club, and members of the Carpenter’s Union Local 336, have completed several miles of trail and built bridges across streams and wetlands.

Work on the trails will continue this summer in Marlborough, where there are plans to build several bridges and boardwalks, including a 300-foot boardwalk over wetlands off Boundary Street. In Southborough, a few trail improvements will be made over the next year or two, while the trails in Westborough and Northborough are complete. . .

If you would like to volunteer in a particular community or get more information about this project please contact:

Marlborough: Priscilla Ryder, pryder@marlborough-ma.gov

Westborough: Don Burn, burn@windrvr.com

Northborough: Mia McDonald, mmcdonald@town.northborough.ma.us    

Southborough: Melissa Danza, mdanza@southboroughma.com, or Kathryn McKee, kmckee@southboroughma.com

More information about the BLT and trail maps are available at: www.svtweb.org/blt.

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1 Matt June 18, 2019 at 1:30 PM

Is that section by rt 30 that hugs the res open? That would be amazing. Rt 30 is insanely dangerous for foot traffic. The entrance always appears gated up and has warnings all over about trespassing.

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2 beth June 18, 2019 at 1:52 PM

I’m not sure what area you are referring to – but I included a map you can look at.

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3 Matt June 18, 2019 at 2:25 PM

Sorry, was specifically looking at the entrance at intersection of Central and Boston Rd. I checked the website and it appears to be future link. The link goes behind Kallender and connects to the BCT.

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