Trail Map Overview

Monthly Meetings
The Friends will meet via Microsft Teams conference during the COVID-19 pandemic according to the following schedule:
February 7th, 2024
April 3rd, 2024
June 5th, 2024
August 7th, 2024
September 4th, 2024
November 6th, 2024
For more information,
Email Us or message us on Facebook.

Who We Are
The Friends of the Milford Upper Charles Trail is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting the safe use of and maintenance of the Upper Charles Trail in Milford, MA

What is It?
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 town to open a complete 6.58 mile section and it extends from the town center north to the Hopkinton town line, east to the town of Holliston, and south to the Milford Senior Center.

What We Do
The Friends promote the use of the Trail year-round through social media, TV, the Web, and print. We also coordinate with several Town of Milford boards on maintenance issues and enhancements to the trail.

How you can Help
If you like the trail, then please consider becoming a member. Membership starts at just $10 annually. Donations can be made through PayPal or by mailing a check to the Milford Town Hall.

Total Distance Measurements:

Phase 1 & 2a (Milford Rt 16 — Hopkinton) 4.4 miles
Phase 2b  (Milford Rt 109 — Holliston) 1.2 miles
Phase 3  (Milford Rt 109 - Rt 16 ) .98 miles
Total Paved trail — 6.58 miles

The Milford Upper Charles Trail Committee has finished their final report on the trail's over 20-year-long history of design and construction. (5 MB PDF)
Crossing Signals
There have been reports of traffic lights malfunctioning along the trail crossings by some trail users. If you experience this or any other problems crossing the street, please notify the Milford Parks Department at 774-462-3311.
Remember, always use caution & stop before proceeding to cross the roadways!

•View Trail videos on YouTube. Click here for links.

•If you see anyone vandalizing the trail please call the Milford Police Dept. @ 508 473 1113
•Find more stories and pictures on Facebook

•Visit our newly updated Sponsors Page.
They Help Us Maintain Your Trail.
The Town of Milford, Parks Department is removing overgrown vegetation along the trail on an ongoing basis.  This work is necessary to ensure that vegetation does not encroach upon the trail and to make the trail safe for all users.  This may include the removal of nearby trees if they may be a hazard to trail users following inclement weather.  Please use caution and proceed slowly when passing work zones. 
While the Milford Trail is open year-round, it is not cleared of snow and ice in the winter months. Here are some tips for safely using the trail in winter weather:
Cycling: using a "fatbike" with tires 3-inches wide or wider can provide some flotation over snow. Fitting winter tires, with studs, to your regular bike can provide grip on ice and in snow. Bring bright lights (and spares, if battery powered) due to the reduced daylight hours in winter.
Hiking / walking: wear sturdy, lugged, and warm boots in addition to your normal winter wear if heading out on the trail. Bring one flashlight per person, even if heading out in daytime, due to reduced daylight hours. Add metal cleats to your boots for grip on ice. If the trail is covered in deep snow, then grab some snowshoes or cross-country skis. Use caution (remove skis) when crossing roadways.
Construction of the Restaurant Depot commercial building on Cedar St. in Milford has commenced.  This building is adjacent to the trail and the construction will involve the use of heavy machinery and work crews in the area.  Please use caution when on the trail near the construction zone. 
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