Trails

Trail Overview ImageSouthborough Trails Overview

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This map displays the full area of Southborough and highlights Bay Circuit Trail, Chestnut Hill Farm, Sudbury Reservoit Trail, Fayville Dam, BayPath Tureene Wildlife Habitat, Breakneck Hill Trails. The town schools are also outlined.

 


Bay CircuitBay Circuit Trail

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The Bay Circuit 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 mines from Plum Isalnd and Ipswich to the Duxbury/Kingson Shore.

More information at http://www.baycircuit.org/

Southborough Bay CircuitBay Circuit Trail Southborough Segment

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Boroughs Loop Trail

Boroughs Loop Trail

Click 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 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 work with the respective trail committees of the other three towns. 

Breakneck HillBreakneck Hill

Click on image to download pdfBreakneck 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). Breakneck Hill is renowned for its famous Oreo Cows, brilliant black and white cows that graze the hill and interact with hikers. While going into their pasture is not allowed, the cows have been known to graze right next to the electric fence separating them from the hikers. 

Chestnut Hill Farms TrailsChestnut Hill Farms Trails

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At Chestnut Hill Farm, you can trek past fields and pastures that are perfect for grassland bird watching under the wide-open sky. 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 row crops into woods dominated by oak 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.

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.  

More information at http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/chestnut-hill-farm.html


Sudbury Reservoir TrailSudbury Reservoir Trail

Bay Circuit Trail: 200 mines (miles), Plum Isalnd (Island)
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While travelling through Southborough, the Bay Circuit Trail currently runs for ¾ mile on streets without sidewalks (Clemmons Street, Pine Hill Road, and Route 30).  The Southborough Trails Committee has been working with the MWRA and the Eagle Scouts to re-route this stretch of trail through the woods adjacent to the Fayville Dam.  Completion of this trail is anticipated by the end of 2015.  This map details the proposed new route.

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


SVT/Southborough TurenneSVT/Southborough Turenne

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The Turenne 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, frequesnt multi-trunked oaks, some 80-100 year old, support the ideas that portions of the property also served as a wood lot