The Committee welcomes volunteers and scouts who are interested in working on trails related projects. Please contact us if you have any ideas or would like us to suggest an idea. We appreciate the community's support.
2020 Southborough Trails Projects
Reconstruction of the Bay Circuit and Boroughs Loop Connector Trail - Now Open!
With the help of the Bay Circuit Trail Work Group, Committee and Community volunteers, and with the cooperation of MWRA, MA DCR, Southborough Recreation, Southborough Conservation, and Framingham Parks & Recreation, the Committee completed the reconstruction of this .7 miles section of trail in August 2020. This connecting trail joins two existing regional Bay Circuit / Boroughs Loop Trail segments, eliminating the need to walk along Pleasant Street, Pine Hill Road, and Clemmons Street.
This wooded trail (1.4 miles roundtrip) can be accessed from the intersection of Clemmons and Nichols Street where there is parking for a few cars. The trail is located near the Sudbury Dam Historic District and includes stunning views of the reservoir, Fayville Dam, and Stony Brook. Click here to download a map. The trail is great for walking, trail running, and snowshoeing.
No motorized vehicles or dog walking permitted. Pet waste poses a serious threat to water quality. Thank you for doing your part to keep our water clean.
The Committee appreciates all the volunteers and partnering organizations who helped to make this trail possible. A special thanks to the former Trails Committee members for their vision and efforts putting the permit in place and laying the groundwork for this trail to be built.
Enhancing Southborough's Trails - A Project Funded by Choate Fund Grant
In May 2020, The Committee was awarded a grant to purchase 'Southborough Trails' signs for the four map kiosks and to buy the materials to build monofilament fishing line recycling receptacles. This project supports the Committee's efforts to increase the community's awareness about recreational opportunities and resources available in town in addition to protecting wildlife and the environment from fishing debris.
The recycling receptacles will not only raise awareness about protecting wildflife, but we hope it will also reduce litter along the Sudbury Reservoir. It is reported that monofilament fishing lines takes up to 600 years to decompose. Wildlife can become entangled or ingest the fishing line which can lead to drowning or starvation. The Committee built three receptacles and installed them at popular fishing locations around town: Rt.30 at the causeway, Rt.85 and Middle Road.
The 'Southborough Trails' signs have been installed at the intersection of Rt.30/Framingham Rd/White Bagley, Rt.85 near the cemetery, and at RT.30/Old Northborough Road. The fourth sign will be installed at the map kiosk at Fayville Park once the installation has been completed in the fall of 2020.
The Committee thanks the Choate Fund Trustees for funding the project. We also thank MA DCR and Southborough DPW for their willingness to allow us to use existing structures to install the recceptacles. A special thanks to BoatUS Foundation for providing the labels at no charge! The Committee also appreciates the excellent craftsmanship provided by Springer Signcraft who completed its second sign project for Southborough.
Trail Markers and Post Installation between Middle and Parkerville Road
Fay School approached the Trails Committee about installing a few posts with trail markers along the trail adjacent to the Athletic fields on Parkerville Road to improve visibility of the trail. The supplies were donated by a Southborough resident, the Fay School Facilities Department installed the posts, and the Committee added the trail markers The project was completed in August 2020. The Committee thanks Fay School for their help with the installation and the resident who generously donated the materials for the project. This project will help make it clear where the trail continues beyond the field and help trail users better navigate during their walks.
Design and Build Three Map Kiosks
Eagle Scout: Eric Hanson, Troop 1
Project Completion Date: May 2020
This project involved researching and recommending a design template for the map kiosk that will be used at trailheads throughout town. Eric Hanson built
three kiosks and installed one at the intersection of Rt.30/Framingham Rd/White Bagley. The other two kiosks will be installed by Southborough's DPW at
Rt. 85 near the cemetery and at Fayville Park on Central Street.
The kiosks include maps for the Sudbury Reservoir (SRT), Boroughs Loop (BLT), and the Aqueduct Trail (3 trails-in-1). This was a very important project for the town. The kiosks add much needed visibility to key trailheads and provides maps to help trail users navigate the trails safely.
The Committee appreciates Eric's great work on this project, Troop 1 and its leadership, DPW, the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), Recreation Department, the Board of Selectman, the Building Department and all other departments, volunteers, family, friends, and community members who contributed to this project.
2019 Southborough Trails Scout Projects
Build Map Kiosk and Parking Area at Rt.30/Old Northboro Road
Eagle Scout: Zane Walter, Troop 1
Project Completion Date: October 2019
Zane Walter built a map kiosk (using Eric Hanson's design) and installed a parking area at the corner of Rt. 30 and Old Northboro Road. The kiosks displays maps and historical information for Chestnut Hill Farm, Beals Preserve and the Sudbury Reservoir (SRT), Boroughs Loop (BLT), and the Aqueduct Trail (3 trails-in-1). This is a perfect location to highlight three wonderful hiking spots in town.
The Committee appreciates all of Zane's great work on this project, Troop 1 and its leadership, The Trustees, Southborough Open Land Foundation, Recreation Department, the Board of Selectman, the Building Department and all other departments, volunteers, family, friends, and community members who contributed to this project.
Guided Hike #1 - Boroughs Loop Trail/Bay Circuit Trail
Led by Bill Fadden, Regional Representative of the Bay Circuit Alliance
October 19, 2019
The hike was be led by Bill Fadden on a section of the Bay Circuit Trail off Rt. 30. The hike followed the beautiful Stony Brook, continuing into the woods toward the Fayville Dam, and then followed a peaceful stretch of trail adjacent to the Sudbury Reservoir. Bill shared his wealth of knowledge about the history of the land and the Bay Circuit Trail. This was a very successful hike with 29 participants.The first 1/2 mile of this trail is currently closed and is scheduled for reconstruction in late 2020.
Guided Hike #2 - Boroughs Loop Trail "Sneak Peek"
Led by Andy Leahy. DCR Ranger
October 26, 2019
The hike was be led by DCR Ranger, Andy Leahy, on a future section of the Boroughs Loop Trail that is not yet open to the public. This was a "sneak peek" hike on a soon-to-be trail in town. The trail overlaps an existing access path, has a hard-packed surface, and a wide corridor. The roundtrip hike was roughly 3 miles. Andy shared very interesting facts and pictures about the history of the property. This was a well attended hike with 41 registrants and roughly 35 participants.
2018 Southborough Trails Scout Projects
Historical Markers and Trail Enhancements on Sudbury Reservoir Trail off Deerfoot Road
Eagle Scout: Alex Flynn, Troop 92
Project Completion Date: July 2018
The historical marker project is the first of its kind in Southborough. The project improved a section of the Sudbury Reservoir Trail (SRT) by widening the trail corridor and making the trail more inviting and accessible to the community. The historical markers will help to inform the community about important Southborough history for years to come. A stone bench was also placed at a clearing overlooking the Burnett House. The bench was dedicated to a loyal project supporter and long-time trail steward, Allan Bezanson.
Many thanks to Alex, Troop 92 and its leadership, the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), Recreation Department, DPW, Historical Commission, Historical Society, Conservation Commission, Jim Hegarty, Allan Bezanson, Deborah Costine, Home Depot, Alltype Signs, Jon and Jennifer Delli Priscoli, Louis Monti & Sons, and all other departments, volunteers, family, friends, and community members who contributed to this project.
Sudbury Reservoir Trail Improvements near Open Channel off Ward Road
Eagle Scout: Mitchell Hills, Troop 1
Project Completion Date: January 2018
This project involved marking the Sudbury Reservoir Trail (SRT) along the open channel with blazes, installing wooden posts with blazes, removing tree debris, and widening the cooridor in sections of the trail near Walnut Hill (Sawink Farm Reservation Park).
Before this project, the section of the trail needed additional markings. It was difficult to know where the trail changed sides on the open channel and what sections of the trail were off limits to trail walkers. The posts and trail markers radically improved navigation. And, clearing tree debris and widening the cooridor on the wooded sections of the trail provided much needed enchancments.
Many thanks to Mitchell, Troop 1 and its leadership, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), the Recreation Department, and all other departments, volunteers, family, friends, and community members who contributed to this project.
2017 Southborough Trails Scout Projects
Sudbury Reservoir Trail Bridge Replacement near Fay School
Eagle Scout: Nathan Hall, Troop 92
Project Completion Date: December 2017
This project involved building an ADA compliant footbridge over a seasonal waterway on the Sudbury Reservoir Trail near the Fay School athletic field. It also included cleaning out the debris from the old bridge and immediate trail area.
Before the new footbridge was built, it was very difficult to cross this waterway and the previous structures was not very attractive. The footbridge, similar to a design used by DCR at the Quabbin, involved installing cement footings on each bank and building the decking and railings. The bridge is not only beautiful, but it also provides a safe crossing for all trail walkers. The footbridge is a considerable improvement to this section of the trail.
Many thanks to Nathan, Troop 92 and its leadership, Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Recreation Department, Conservation Commission, and all other departments, volunteers, family, friends, and community members who contributed to this project.
Trailblazing, GPS Mapping, Map Box Installations, Hike Southborough Day
Girl Scout Silver Award Project: Shannon Provencal and Kathryn Gowdy, Troop 85160
Project Completion Date: September 2017
This project involved mapping the trails in Southborough using the AllTrails App, marking the Sudbury Reservoir Trail (SRT), trash and brush clean up on the trails, making and installing trail map boxes along the SRT, and placing five geocaches around town. In addition, Shannon and Kathryn coordinated and hosted a Hike Southborough Trails Day on September 23, 2017 at Chestnut Hill Farm. As part of the event, they scheduled guided hikes for families to participate in at Beals Preserve, Chestnut Hill Farm, Breakneck Hill Conservation Land, and the Sudbury Reservoir Trail led by local community members. They also included a kid's scavenger hunt and brought in an expert in wildlife tracking, Paul Wanta, to lead one of the hikes.
This project was full of useful trail enhancements and provided a wonderful event for the community while promoting the trails. It improved trail navigation through the use of technology, map boxes, and more trail markers. The event had a great turn out!
Shannon and Kathryn received an award from the Southborough Open Land Foundation for enchancing and raising awareness of Southborough’s hiking trails.
Many thanks to Shannon and Kathryn, Troop 85160 and its leadership, the Recreation Department, SOLF, Chestnut Hill Farm, Freddie Gillespie of the Stewardship Committee, Deborah Costine of SOLF, and all other departments, volunteers, family, friends, and community members who contributed to this project.
2016 Southborough Trails Scout Projects
Sudbury Reservoir Trail Stairs on the South Side of Route 30
Eagle Scout: Anthony Zalev, Troop 1
Project Completion Date: October 2016
This project involved building stairs on the Sudbury Reservoir Trail (SRT) on the south side of Route 30. A very involved undertaking that resulted in an important trail improvement. The banks on Route 30 are quite steep and the stairs improve the walkability of this section of the trail.
Many thanks to Anthony, Troop 1 and its leadership, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), the Recreation Department, and all other departments, volunteers, family, friends, and community members who contributed to this project.
2015 Southborough Trails Scout Projects
Sudbury Reservoir Trail Cross-country Marked Mile
Eagle Scout: John Bai, Troop 1
Project Completion Date: 2015
This project involved installing measured mile markers every quarter mile for the cross-country team along the Sudbury Reservoir Trail (SRT) between Deerfoot Rd. and Route 30. The trail was enchanced by smoothing out the trail and adding gravel and stones at key locations to improve the trail grade.
Many thanks to John, Troop 1 and its leadership, and all other departments, volunteers, family, friends, and community members who contributed to this project.