Welcome to the Upper Charles Trail – Portal

Welcome to the Upper Charles Trail – Portal.  The Upper Charles Trail is a proposed 25-mile trail that will incorporate the communities of Milford, Ashland, Sherborn, Holliston, and Hopkinton, linking the towns via an abandoned CSX rail bed.
Milford was the first to open a complete 6.58 mile section and it extends from the town center north to the Hopkinton town line, east to the border of Holliston and south to the Milford Senior Center.


Preserving the Environment While Cycling

Cycling is one of the most environmentally friendly methods of transportation. While you will dramatically reduce your carbon footprint if you commute via bicycle, you still run the risk of damaging nature’s natural flora and fauna while cycling through nature preserves and parks. Here are some top tips to help you maintain the trails for generations to come:

Tip #1: Wash Off Your Bike

It’s likely that you’ll be covered in dirt when you cycle through a muddy trail. If this is the case for you, always be sure to completely wash off your bike as well as change your clothes before moving to a new location. Seeds from local plant life can be found in mud, so if you don’t wash off your bicycle you may accidentally transfer an invasive species to a new area.

Tip #2: Pack it in, Pack it Out

Whatever you bring with you into the woods should always come back with you, even if it’s something that’s compostable like an apple core or a banana peel. While you’re tidying up after yourself, consider paying it forward and pulling broken branches off the trail while you’re at it!

Tip #3: Mind the Wildlife

While it’s likely you won’t see much more than a squirrel, you may see larger wildlife like deer, fox, and even bears in Massachusetts. It’s best to leave the wildlife alone when you see something on the trail. Feel free to take photos with your phone, but do not approach for the welfare and safety of the animal. Above all, never feed animals if you see them on the trail!

Tip #4: Yield to Hikers

Always give hikers, walkers, and people with dogs the right of way when you approach on a bicycle. It’s the courteous thing to do! You can alert people of your approach by either giving a quick yell or simply ringing your bicycle’s bell. You should always ride at a safe speed so you’re able to slow down as soon as you see someone else on the trail.

Tip #5: Brake Softly

You’ll want to cycle slowly not only to avoid any incidents with hikers or other cyclists, but when you hit the brakes too hard you run the risk of damaging the ground underneath you. Those who are heavy-handed with the brakes may create large cuts and divots in the trail, which will not only make it more challenging for future cyclists to travel, but could damage local flora and cause erosion when it rains.

This article was created by Personal Injury Help (www.personalinjury-law.com), an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your local cycling ordinances to ensure you ride safe and legally!

Bellingham bike ride promotes rail trail-September, 2017

By Mike Gleason, Daily News Staff

BELLINGHAM – For Dave Barber, a trip on Franklin and Bellingham section of the Southern New England Trunkline Trail isn’t just a chance to exercise your legs, it’s an opportunity to glimpse into the past. Barber, a member of the Blackstone River Bikeway Patrol, said he suggested the venue for a ride last Wednesday which was promoted through the Blackstone Heritage Corridor.

During the ride, Barber, a member of the Franklin-Bellingham Rail Trail Committee, pointed out sights along the trail that others might miss. “There’s an area where Railroad Street used to cross the right of way,” he said.  “The South Bellingham railroad station used to be there, and there was a trolley
line as well.”

That area leads him to reflect on how much has changed in the past 100 years. “Today, the road is abandoned, the trolley is gone and the station is gone,” he said. “There’s now woods where what was a very busy area.”

“The patrol does a ride every Wednesday night on parts of the greenway between Worcester and Providence,” he said. State-funded work completed in June made larger portions of the trail accessible. “I thought it would be useful to have a ride there.”

Though the recent project did improve the trail, Barber said, there is still work to do. The trail committee has been working for a tunnel to run beneath Franklin’s Prospect Street. Money for the project had been included in a state bill, but Gov. Charlie Baker has not yet released the funds, he said.

“The problem is that you have to climb up (a hill) steeply, cross the road and go down steeply,” he said of the Prospect Street portion of the trail. Should the tunnel go forward it would greatly increase the bikeable section of the local trail.

Barber said he wasn’t sure whether Labor Day weekend would bolster trail use, as it is already well traveled.

“People are using it every daylight hour of every day,” he said.

Holliston Says, “Onward to Sherborn”

From the Holliston Reporter:

Rail Trail Committee Says Onward to Sherborn

by Bobby Blair
October 14, 2016

The rail trail is now complete from Central Street downtown to the Milford line albeit a small 500 foot length near the dwellings being constructed by Pulte Homes. This short section will be completed within ten days, according to trail member Herb Brockert.

While the paving is complete for this section of trail a number of projects are complete or ongoing with the younger set in town. Eamonn Powers for his National Honor Society Project is undertaking Brown Trout improvements as well as invasives removal. Five Eagle Scout Projects are under way. Ben Cappello is conducting a rail cleanup, James Hathaway – Arch Street Connection, Jamie Ogilvie- Story Walk Trail, Owen Savage – Railing at Chicken Brook, and Harrison Smith – a project to be determined.

Ed Daniels from the Friends of Holliston Trails joined the meeting to discuss his plans to install flashing beacons at Central Street and Lowland Street.

The Trail committee is looking for volunteers to help complete the decking at the Arch Street Bridge this Saturday at 8:30 am.