Completing the Bay Circuit Trail

The Bay Circuit Trail
David Butler/Globe Staff
The Bay Circuit Trail

1. Rowley gap: Trail section along Route 1A is temporary; goal is to move it off road. Proposed trail would involve public and private land.

2. Crane Beach connector: Proposed trail would connect Appleton Farms conservation property with Crane Beach via sections of public and private properties.

3. Mill River: A temporary section bypasses an area of severe flooding, aggravated by beaver dams, at a Mill River crossing in Rowley.  


4. Sharpners Pond Road bypass: A proposed section would reroute the trail off a road by traversing an unused portion of railroad right of way, protected open space, and a private parcel.

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5. Andover to Bedford: A proposed alternative route that would run parallel to the Chelmsford section. Proposal relies heavily on an existing agreement with Tewksbury Hospital. 

6. Lowell gap: Proposed trail would link existing sections by way of the Concord River Greenway, public and private open space, city streets, and an office park.

7. Bruce Freeman Rail Trail connection: Proposed trail would connect Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Chelmsford and Acton to existing Bay Circuit Trail via conservation land in Acton.  

8. Mass. Central Rail Trail connection: A temporary section uses roads and protected open space. Proposal would move most of this section to the Mass. Central Rail Trail, which is under development.


9. Spur to North Easton Center: Proposal would provide link to Frederick Law Olmsted’s “The Rockery” war memorial in the village of North Easton, which also features Olmsted’s landscape designs at several buildings by noted 19th-century architect H.H. Richardson.

10. Cumberland Farms bypass: A temporary route follows a country road. Bay Circuit volunteers prefer a mostly off-road route that would traverse agricultural property owned by Cumberland Farms.

11. East Bridgewater rail trail: A proposed rail trail on MBTA rail bed, plus an additional section owned by National Grid, would connect existing parts of the Bay Circuit Trail.  

12. Hanson enhancement: Hanson has two proposed sections. One would move the trail off High Street onto town-owned open space; the other would connect a short gap via private land.

13. Duxbury-Pembroke connection: Proposed trail would complete a loop of about 25 miles that hikers could access from the Bay Farm Conservation Area on the Duxbury-Kingston line, among other sites.


14. Kingston enhancement: A proposed segment along the Jones River would move the trail off local roads and add scenic views.

SOURCE: Alan French, Bay Circuit Alliance