Saturday, September 15, 2007

Northborough Trails Driving Directions

Carney Park/Cold Harbor Trail

Map it: West Main Street and Davis Street, Northborough MA

The access road is on Route 20, directly across from Davis Street, and immediately west of Pendleton Square (386 West Main Street/Rt 20). There is a yellow Carney Park sign with the Northborough Trails icon. Turn onto the gravel road that climbs a small hill. At the end of the gravel road is a parking area & the trailhead kiosk.

Cold Harbor Extension
Map it: West Street and Cherry Street, Northborough MA

From 290: Take Exit 24 - Church Street. Travel south for 1 mile, and turn RIGHT onto West Street. Travel 0.5 mile to Cherry Street and park on the shoulder of West Street (parallel to road).

From Route 20 at Rt. 135: Head West on Rt. 20 (West Main Street) for 0.8 miles and turn RIGHT onto Crawford Street. Travel 1.1 miles and turn RIGHT onto West Street. Cherry Street is 0.2 miles ahead. Park on the shoulder of West Street (parallel to road).

Carstrom Forest/Jubulee Trail
Map it: Close to West Main Street and Crawford Street, Northborough MA

From 290: Take exit 23 onto 140 south/Boylston Street. Continue for approximately 1.8 miles to the center of Shrewsbury and turn left onto Main Street. Continue on Main Street which becomes West Main Street. The property is located on the north side of West Main Street, approximately 1.95 miles east of Shrewsbury

From Route 20 (Main Street) at Route 135 (South Street): Head West for ~0.9 mile (the trailhead is just past Crawford Street). It is easy to miss this—keep your eye out for the trail kiosk. Pull onto the shoulder & park (parallel to the road).

Cedar Hill
Map it: 360 Cedar Hill Street, Northborough MA (note this is “Street” not road)

Take Route 495 to exit 23C (Simarano Drive exit). Continue to the lights at the end of the exit ramp. Take a LEFT at the lights onto Simarano Drive. Continue to another set of lights and take a RIGHT onto Cedar Hill Street. Parking for the reservation is at the Scholastic Book Fairs at 360 Cedar Hill Street. The entrance will be on your LEFT across from Forest Street.*

From Route 20 at Rt. 135: Travel EAST on Rt. 20 for 1.4 miles. Turn RIGHT onto Bartlett Street. Travel 1.5 miles to Cedar Hill Street. Go 0.3 mile and turn RIGHT into parking lot.*

*There is ample parking, labeled with SVT signs, immediately on your right. A trail easement, marked by posts and SVT markers leads around the wetlands and to a kiosk behind Scholastic Book Fairs.

The trail starts on the grass across the parking lot from the building that houses Scholastic Books and Fresenius Medical Care. The signs are plentiful. Walk along the mowed path (if not mowed, then you’ll want to walk along the parking lot to the back left corner of the building, as you’re looking at the building) to get to the trailhead kiosk.

Edmund Hill Woods
Map it: Allen Street and Rice Avenue, Northborough MA

Take 495 to Exit 24B "Route 20 to Northborough." Follow Route 20 West into Northborough. Look for Bambini’s restaurant on the right side. Approx. 2 miles after Bambini’s there will be a fork in road; bear RIGHT onto East Main Street. Take the 4th RIGHT onto Allen Street. At third road intersection (Rice Avenue & Allen Street) you will see the sign for Edmund Hill Woods ahead and to the left.

From Route 20 Eastbound: Pass the CVS and turn LEFT at the Exxon station onto Hudson Street. Travel approx 0.8 miles & you will pass under the aquaduct bridge. Take the first LEFT after the bridge, onto Allen Street. At the first stop sign you will be at the corner of Allen Street & Rice Street. You will see the sign for Edmund Hill Woods ahead and to the left.

Little Chauncy & Talbot Trails
Map it: Lyman Street and Hospital Road, Northborough MA

From Route 20 at Rt. 135: Travel EAST on Rt. 20 for 0.7 miles. Turn RIGHT onto Maple Street. Travel 0.4 mile and turn RIGHT onto Ridge Road. At dead-end, turn RIGHT onto Lyman Street. Travel approximately 0.6 mile.*

From Route 9: Turn North onto Lyman Street, and travel for 1.6 miles.*

* The entrance to the “Fisherman’s Access” is across the street from Chauncy Hall, immediately next to a small brick building covered with plywood. BE CAREFUL pulling in because it can be rough on the bottom of your car! Immediately after pulling in, park on the left side. The trailhead will be behind your car.

Mt. Pisgah
Map it (across the street): 19 Smith Street, Northborough MA

1) From Route 9 in Westborough
a. Exit Rt. 135 West toward Northborough
b. Pass Ellsworth-McAfee Park
c. Continue 1 mile to dead-end at Route 20
d. Left onto Rt. 20
e. Quick right, just past CVS, onto Church Street
f. Stay Left at the Y
g. Continue on Church St, 2 miles, until you see the I-290 interchange.
h. Just PASSED interchange, at Davidians Farm Stand, Right onto Ball Hill
i. Follow for 1.7 miles to deadend at Green Street
j. Left on Green Street for 0.4 miles
k. Right on Smith Road
l. In 0.3 miles, trailhead is on Right side of road

2) From Route 290
a. Take Exit 24, Church Street toward Boylston (North)
b. Follow directions from (h) above

Watson Park
Map it (nearest intersection): Bartlett Street and Lyman Street, Northborough MA

Take Rte 20 east from the center of Northborough for 1.4 miles to Bartlett Street. Turn RIGHT onto Bartlett Street and then turn RIGHT in 0.7 mile onto Lyman Street . Approximately 200 yards on the RIGHT look for a large rock sign for Watson Park (is partially obscured by garden growth at times). Enter there and notice the butterfly garden around the rock as you drive by. Park at the traffic circle down by the pond.

Yellick Conservation Area/Coyote Trail
Map it (across the street): 255 Hudson Street, Northborough MA

From 290: Exit 25A (Hudson Street/Northboro), continue on Hudson around a sharp curve to the right and a little further. Entrance is on the left (it is a VERY sharp left into the driveway at 7:00) across the street from 255 Hudson Street (a pink house). If you get to the aquaduct, you have missed it.

From Rt. 20: Turn north onto Hudson Street (this corner has a Mobile station & a church flanking Hudson Street). Travel ~1.3 miles to driveway on the right at 1:00, across the street from #255 (pink house). If you have reached a sharp turn to the left, you’ve missed it.

Park, and walk back toward the road (NOT toward the river).
Look left and you will see a Northborough Trails sign—this is the trailhead.

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