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Bay Colony Rail Trail

Needham, Dover,

Medfield & Newton, MA

Our Trails

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Needham Rail Trail

Status:  Open

Activities/Features:  Compacted stone dust, flat trail, mostly wooded, 1.7 miles. Walking, running, and biking. Dog owners must keep dogs on leash.

Parking:   On High Rock Street along Town Forest and public lots off Fisher Street

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Medfield Rail Trail

Status:  Ribbon cutting ceremony Oct 1st!

Activities/Features:  Compacted stone dust, flat, wooded trail, 1.3 miles. Walking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding, and general recreation. Dogs must be kept on a leash.

Parking: Ice House Road (dirt lot across from the trail entrance) and along Farm Street.

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Dover Greenway

Status:  In Progress

Activities/Features:  When it is completed, it will be a compacted stone dust, flat, wooded trail, 3 miles. Walking, jogging, bicycling and general recreation.

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Upper Falls Greenway

Status:  Open

Activities/Features:  Compacted stone dust, flat trail, 1 mile. Walking, jogging, bicycling and general recreation, with easy access to the commercial areas on adjacent Needham Street for shopping and commuting. 

Parking:  Chestnut Street adjacent to the Depot Coffee Shoppe

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About Us

The Bay Colony Rail Trail Association is a non-profit with the sole mission to define, design, create and maintain the rail trail.


The Rail Trail project is planned as a private-public project, where board members from Medfield, Needham and Newton share best practices, planning, funding and administration of the initiative with the non-profit Bay Colony Rail Trail Association (BCRTA).

Each town is responsible for all matters related to approval of the trail; policies and rules governing use of the trail; trail access, parking and issues related to the intersection of the trail and public roads; securing publicly available funding as appropriate.

The BCRTA is responsible for coordinating the project effort; proposing standards for use, amenities and signage; raising funds from private and public sources; coordinating volunteer efforts for maintaining and improving public resource; developing and maintaining an annual budget and work plan. 

The Bay Colony Rail Trail Association

BCRTA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, maintenance and promotion of the Bay Colony Rail Trail

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