Mass Central Rail Trail in Weston Gets Upgraded Parking Map
Weston’s link of the Mass Central Rail Trail, named “Wayside” has been open for almost two years now, and enjoys nearly unanimous positive reviews. While the trail through Wayland and Weston is only around 4.2 miles, the beauty of the forests, fields, and wetlands that border it makes it worth riding up and back. The Owl has seen toddlers on big wheels, stroller-running parents, roller-bladers (apparently that fad made it out of the 80s, who knew?), dog walkers, cross-country skiers and the personal favorite, horses, taking advantage all year long. You can see some of the photos of old and new rail trail in a past Owl article.
One of the few complaints besides unleashed dogs (they are never allowed offleash on state land and this is a DCR rule) and dog poop left by sides of trail (huh, maybe a correlation), is the lack of clear parking spots. Now, in an amazing turnaround and touchdown by the Rail Trail Advisory Committee, the parking map is online and ready for perusal.
Both the Church Street and Concord Road parking areas have 5-10 spaces that are well-marked. If those spaces are filled, there is plenty of parking in exciting downtown Weston either on Town House Road, or at the Town Center. Take advantage of that parking if you might need a dumpling from Dumpling Daughter or anything from Bros Market. Chocolate. You need chocolate.
You can download and print the map from this town page. Also take a moment to review DCR’s usage policies.
As of now, Weston and Wayland are islands in the stream–Sudbury seems to be endlessly embroiled in lawsuits, and Waltham, well, not really sure what’s going on there. The Owl will fly over and see. Imagine one day that this could be 104 miles of rail trail through the state of Massachusetts from Boston to Northampton. Now that would be a way to send your kid to college–by bicycle!
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Please note the following map is interactive on the MCRT website: it changes a lot so it’s best to get the current situation here.