West Boylston, Massachusetts 01583
Mass Central Rail Trail and Spruce Grove webpage
Mass Central Rail Trail and Spruce Grove map
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An intrepid adventure traveler can still find traces of it in the wilderness. A 104 mile railroad line was shattered by a hurricane in 1938. The line once stretched from downtown Boston at North Station to Union Station in Northampton, Mass. Calvin Coolidge used to ride this train to the State House each day when he was the Governor right after WWI.
Now, over 80 years later, dedicated volunteers, local property owners, state government agencies, and business partners in 25 communities are working to open it up as a linear park. Instead of trains, there will be tourists and locals, bed & breakfast inns, cross-country skiers, bicyclists, hikers, joggers, babies in baby carriages, and people in wheelchairs.
The MCRT will provide an east-west counterpart to the existing Appalachian Trail, and connections between the existing north-south New England Scenic, Mid-state, and Bay Circuit Trails. Near Boston the MCRT will provide connections to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, Assabet River Rail Trail, the Minuteman Rail Trail, and other projects close-in Boston will connect directly with the MCRT. Sixteen hiking or multi-use trails will connect directly with the MCRT.
From Mass Central Rail Trail and Spruce Grove webpage