This map displays the full area of Southborough and highlights Bay Circuit Trail, Chestnut Hill Farm, Beals Preserve, Sudbury Reservoir Trail, Borough's Loop Trail, Turenne Wildlife Habitat, Southborough Town Forest, and Breakneck Hill Conservation Land Trails.
The Southborough Trails Committee maintains the following trails:
Sudbury Reservoir Trail (a.k.a Borough's Loop Trail)
Bay Circuit Trail (Bay Circuit Trail Association also manages this trail)
Bay Circuit Trail Connector (closed)
Other trails in town are maintained by the following organizations:
The following trail networks are owned and maintained by other organziations:
The Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) is a permanent recreation trail and greenway corridor extending through 34 towns in Eastern Massachusetts and linking parks and open spaces in fifty-seven Boston area communities - 200 miles from Plum Isalnd and Ipswich to the Duxbury/Kingson Shore.
The Southborough section of the Bay Circuit Trail connects from Oak Hill Road through the forest behind Staples office park and crosses over Rt. 9 and onto Rt. 30. The Bay Circuit Trail Connector, from Rt. 30 to Clemmons/Nichols St., was developed as a more direct route through the forest next to Stony Brook and the Fayville Dam that connects to Clemmons/Nichols St and bypasses having to walk along Rt. 30 and Pinehill Road. However, the connector trail is currently closed. To access the BCT off Nichols and Clemmons St., you will need to travel east on Rt. 30, take a left onto Pinehill Road, take another left onto Clemmons St. You can park along the shoulder of the road at the intersection of Nichols St. The Bay Circuit Trail is a beautiful section of trail that runs along the Sudbury Reservoir for about 2.25 miles until you reach Parmenter St. in Marlborough. The trail continues to connect to other trails in Callahan State Park. The trail is great for walking, trail running, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. No motorized vehicles or dog walking.
More information can be found at https://www.baycircuit.org/bay-circuit-interactive-map/
For a detailed description about the Southborough Section of the trail, click here
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This section of the trail is closed. Stay tuned for updates.
Boroughs Loop TrailClick on image to download pdfThe Boroughs Loop Trail Project will connect the hiking trail networks of Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough to create a regional trail that encourages the exploration, enjoyment, and protection of the Boroughs' natural resources. The Boroughs Loop Trail, a 30 mile loop, will showcase the region's natural beauty, provide ecological and economic health for the region, and promote a positive outdoor experience for all.
The Southborough Trails Committee is working to complete its part of this loop while continuing to collaborate with the respective trail committees of the other three towns. The section of the trail that requires additional permitting and agreements is called the "Peninsula Trail" and is located near the Fayville Dam. The Committee is working with MWRA and DCR to put the agreements in place to gain access to the trail. If all goes as planned, the Committee expects the trail to open by 2020. Follow us on Facebook to get the status updates. An updated map of the loop will be available late fall 2018.
Breakneck Hill is a beautiful area. There are some very nice trails, complete with a fantastic picnic location with a nice view (right by stage 2). In the past couple years, a few trails have been rerouted. The current map shown here is outdated but is still a good aerial view of the 90-acre property. An updated map will be available in 2019.
The property is maintained by the Southborough Stewardship Committee who provides conservation-based stewardship of the land, balancing multiple conservation and passive recreational uses. The trails are available to the public for passive recreation and dog walking. In the winter, the trails can be used for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and off-trail recreation. No motorized vehicles are allowed. The stewards are also managing the land to encourage grassland birds, and pollinators including monarch butterfiles and bumblebees.
At Chestnut Hill Farm, you can trek through 131 acres, past fields and pastures framed by stone walls, and enjoy grassland bird watching under the wide-open sky. Designated bird reserves allow for safe nesting habitat for Bobolinks, Eastern Meadowlarks, and other ground nesting species. Loop trails take you through upland forests and along the edges of freshwater wetlands. Or, follow the gentle cart-path from the parking area through fields of hay, alfalfa, and vegetables into woods dominated by oak, red maple, and white pine to the covered embankment of the Hultman Aqueduct, which provides a backup route for Boston’s water supply from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs. One of the last working farms in the town of Southborough, Chestnut Hill Farm is a living tribute to the town’s rich agricultural past..
In 2006, townspeople in Southborough overwhelmingly voted to purchase a conservation restriction on the unprotected portions of Chestnut Hill Farm. It is thanks to this vision and to the generosity of the Beals family that The Trustees are able to take over the care and protection of this community treasure today.
In 2015, The Trustees began a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Chestnut Hill Farm, accompanied by educational and recreational opportunities for visitors. A small, rustic seasonal farmstand is open to the public several days a week and features local honey from the farm’s beehives along with farm fresh vegetables and fruits.
Two miles of trails. Easy walking. Please remember that this is a working farm landscape. Please stay on marked trails and away from any equipment or livestock that you may see. Fences should be presumed to be electrified. Dog walking, horseback riding, motorized vehicles and mountain biking are not permitted on the property.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.
(Description provided by The Trustees)
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The east end of the Sudbury Reservoir Trail (SRT) starts on Framingham Road, across from East Main Street. The trail extends approximately 5 miles west through town to the Westboro line. One to two cars can park on the shoulder of the road. The trail follows the water's edge and crosses over Rt. 30. It continues along the reservoir, parallel to White Bagley. There are many good fishing spots along the trail.
The trail follows White Bagley and crosses over to Partridge Hill Rd. and then back into the woods. This section of the runs along the reservoir and wooded until it opens up before Cordaville Rd. There is an interesting rock island with boulders that many who love to climb would enjoy. This is a perfect location for a picnic, fishing, or to leisurely watch a sunset overlooking the water.
The trail continues across Rt. 85/Cordaville, and Middle Rd., and heads to Parkerville Rd. Cross the road and then turn right to continue along the water towards Deerfoot Rd. This section of the trail overlooks the Burnett House and includes historical markers that provide information about the Burnett House and the early settlers of Southborough. The trail continues past Beals Preserve, crosses Lynbrook Rd, Rt. 30, and Northboro Road. Just after the 495 overpass, the trail veers left over a small arched bridge and continues along the open channel towards Walnut Hill or Sawink Farm Reservation.
Parking can be found on the shoulder of the roads off Framingham Rd., Rt. 30 near the intersection, Partridge Hill Rd., Rt. 85 (Cordaville Rd.), Middle Rd., Parkerville Rd., Deerfoot Rd., Lynbrook Rd., Northboro Rd., and at the end of Ward Rd.
Sudbury Reservoir Background:
In 1878 a system of reservoirs was constructed to provide water supply by holding back the Sudbury river, to supplement the Lake Cochituate system in Natick. These new reservoirs were Sudbury, Whitehall, Hopkinton, Ashland, Stearns, Brackett, and Foss. In 1947 the Whitehall, Hopkinton, Ashland and Cochituate Reservoirs were turned into State Parks, and in 1976 the entire Sudbury System was officially reclassified as an emergency water supply. Today only the Sudbury Reservoir and Foss (Framingham Reservoir No. 3) are classified as a reserve drinking water supply. The DCR owns and manages 4,943 acres of land in the Sudbury Reservoir watershed system.
More information at https://www.mass.gov/locations/sudbury-reservoir
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The Turenne Wildlife Habitat lies on the northwestern slopes of Oak Hill, one of a series of steep hills that lie along Southborough's boundaries with Hopkinton and Ashland. Pasture-land fills old photos of Oak Hill from the late 1800's and early 1900's. Today, frequent multi-trunked oaks, some 80-100 year old, support the ideas that portions of the property also served as a wood lot. This 18-acre parcel of woodland is underlain with granite, whose outcrops are visible almost everwhere along the trails.
The Southborough Town Forest, approximately 54.50 acres, is adjacent to Wildlife Habitat. The Town Forest offers a network of trails including the historic Bay Path trail that connects Walnut Drive to Woodland Road. There is a pond with a wooden bench overlooking the water. A perfect spot to pause and observe wood ducks, listen to a frog symphony, or view other wildlife.
The forest is relatively young, consisting of oak, hickory, american chestnut, black/gray/white birch, and white pine. There is parking at a small trailhead off Walnut Drive. This trailhead can be accessed by driving down Walnut Drive and continuing straight where Walnut veers left. This dirt road doubles as a drive way, but if you continue past the house on your left you will arrive at the trailhead that will support 1-3 small cars.
The trails can also be accessed from Woodland Road. There is room for 1-3 cars to park on the shoulder of Woodland Rd. and 1-2 cars at the end of Kidder Lane (paved spaces) with a small walk to the side trail with the granite post and wood stairs. The Town Forest is a great location for walking, trail running, dog walking, and showshoeing. You may see turkeys, hawks, wood ducks, deer and various species of birds while you enjoy these trails.