Favorite Places: Staying active and cycling in the area

Above: Southborough’s home to many hiking trails, but none designated just for biking. Here’s a roundup of some area rail trails. (Photo posted to Flickr by Trailnet)

Last month, I did a post on walking and running trails in town and nearby. Looking around, I couldn’t find of any direct bike trails in town.

So where do you head when you want to get your gears going? 

Share how you’re staying active this summer. Have a favorite bike route? Let us know, below!

Of course, many of our roads are scenic but narrow. So, you may prefer to head to nearby towns, such as: Marlborough, Hudson, Sudbury, Hopkinton, and Ashland.

If you’re looking for a place to spin your wheels, here’s a roundup of area rail trails:

  • Listed on CBS Boston’s best biking trails in MetroWest is the Assabet River Rail Trail (ARRT). (My friends and I always say one day we’re going to try this –  there’s still a few more weeks left of summer, so we’ll see if we get there!) The trail takes you through Marlborough, Hudson, Stow, Maynard, and Acton. 
  • Hop on the Mass Central Rail Trail in Hudson and go through parts of Hudson, Berlin, Clinton, and West  Boylston.  The trail goes out as far as Northhampton, Mass.
  • A little further past the Southborough Commuter Rail Station on Rt. 85, is the Upper Charles River Rail Trail that connects Milford, Hopkinton, and Ashland.
  • Coming soon through Sudbury and Framingham is the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, a 25 mile route of the old New Haven Railroad Framingham and Lowell line. Until phase two is completed, riders can begin at the Lowell/Chelmsford line (Click here for trail map).
  • There’s also the Minuteman Bikeway – a trail that follows where the American Revolution began. Cyclist will travel through Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge.

Enjoy your ride. And, most importantly, don’t forget your helmet!

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