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New section of Freeman rail trail opens

A new 4.9-mile section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is now open. Phase 2, which starts in Westford and passes through Carlisle and Acton, opened April 3. This phase, combined with the 6.8 miles from Lowell to Westford already open, creates 11.7 miles of bike path that is now open to the public, according to a notice from the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. This section of the trail begins at Route 225 in Westford. The trail crosses Route 27 twice before it reaches Route 2A/119, where there is a bridge for trail users to cross the street. There will be trail parking lots in Acton on Route 27, at NARA Park, and behind Gould’s Plaza off Route 2A. Points of interest along the way include Nashoba Brook conservation land, and Ice House Pond. The trail is open to non-motorized uses such as cycling, jogging, walking, and skiing. When completed, the proposed trail will extend 25 miles from Lowell to Framingham.

Jennifer Fenn Lefferts can be reached at jflefferts@yahoo.com