What is the Bay Colony rail trail?
The Bay Colony Rail Trail (BCRT) is a proposed 7-mile multi-use trail through the towns of Needham (open), Dover (in progress) and Medfield (in progress). We also partner with Newton's Upper Fall Greenway trail (open). The goal of the BCRT project is to construct a multi-use trail (or rail trail) along the unused section of railroad Right-of-Way (ROW) owned by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Here's an overview map of the regional BCRT corridor:
The proposed path will replace the abandoned railway corridor, most recently operated by the Bay Colony Railroad.
The Bay Colony Rail Trail presents a compelling opportunity to create a natural community resource. The proposed path traverses three communities linking residential areas to business districts, public transportation, schools, recreation areas. At least half the distance runs through conservation land such as the Needham Town Forest and Dover’s Wylde Woods.
The Bay Colony Rail Trail is also part of a much larger network in Eastern Massachusetts that in the future will provide hundreds of miles of loosely interconnected trails within two miles of over a million people.