Home & Mission
Thank you for your past support of the Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee! We are a grassroots organization of volunteers dedicated to developing an abandoned railroad line into a multi-use, universally accessible recreational trail and we share your desire to expand access to open spaces in our community.
Over the past year we achieved several important milestones:
- Continued to host events to promote its use by members of the community, including several trail clean-up days, our third annual wine and beer tasting fund-raiser, and our second annual “Words to the Wise” paper owl hunt for kids on the trail in cooperation with the Franklin Public Library;
- Surpassed $10,000 in assets that can be allocated toward trail development and grants;
- Managed our fifth annual road race that once again raised a record amount of funds;
- Supported the local Boy Scout troop along with the DCR to complete and post on-line videos of trail and it’s history, and to install half-‐mile markers along the Franklin and Bellingham trail sections;
- Worked closely with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and state and town government representatives to advocate for ongoing trail improvements;
- Increased community awareness through informational tables at local events and social media;
- Established an Amazon Smile link (order through smile.amazon.com and search for us!);
- And presented at the 8th annual conference of the Massachusetts Forest and Park Friends Network.
Best of all, with your help, more and more people enjoy the health benefits of walking and riding on the trail!
The Franklin and Bellingham trail section is the eastern gateway to the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) extending into Connecticut and on to Central Massachusetts, and connecting with the Blackstone River Valley trails linking Providence with Worcester. There is more progress to be made. We hope you feel, as we do, that the trail is a tremendous asset that, when fully developed, will improve our community and provide the many recreational benefits that come with rail trails.
Your $30* membership for 2016 ($15 for students; $100 for businesses) not only provides you with a voice in the rail trail effort, but more importantly it helps us continue to advocate for and develop the SNETT, educate citizens and public officials about rail trail benefits, and seek funding for maintenance and improvements.
Please help sustain our momentum in developing access to this precious community asset. Thank you.
Ed Barth Committee President
Please renew online at www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/join. Or mail a check payable to FBRTC, PO Box 68, Franklin, MA
02038. Donations are fully tax-deductible. The Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. Suggested membership minimums: $30 or $15 for students or those on limited income or $100 for businesses. Benefits include: committee voting privileges, advanced notice of trail events, meetings, and agendas, updates on important trail news and developments, 10% off parts and accessories at Crossing Cycles in Franklin … and the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to improve your community!
Join & Support
As a supporter, you are a vital part to developing the the Southern New England Trunkline Trail trail into a multiuse, universally accessible recreational path.
In addition to voting privileges at meetings, members can receive:
- Advanced notice of trail events, meetings, and agenda
- Updates on important trail news and developments
- 10% off parts and accessories at Crossing Cycle (Cottage Street, Franklin, MA)
To join as a member or support us, please complete the online form and payment with PayPal or download a form and mail a check.
Membership and donations are fully tax deductable.
The Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee is a 501(c)3 organization.
6th Annual Franklin & Bellingham Fives Road Race
5K or 5 mile run or 1.5 mile walk
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Remington Middle School • 628 Washington Street Franklin, MA
Run-5k or 5 mile Courses through residential neighborhoods on paved roads. 1.5 mile walk through residential neighborhoods. Help support our effort to develop the Southern New England Trunkline Trail into a multi-use path for Franklin and Bellingham. Post race refreshments. Prizes awarded by category. T-shirts to the first 150 entrants. Participation Medals & raffle prizes and DJ at the site for your enjoyment.
Event details and schedule
T-shirts to the first 150 entrants. Prizes awarded by category. Post race refreshments. Race timing by Spitler Race Systems.
- Registration: 8:30 – 9:45 AM
- Start Time: Walk 9:45 AM / Run 10:00 AM
- Start / Finish: 628 Washington St. Franklin, MA (Remington School )
- Run – 5K & 5 mile course through residential neighborhoods
- 1.5 mile walk through residential neighborhoods
- Entry Fee: $25 prior to race day, $30 day of the race, $15 Students
- The SNETT is an abandoned rail bed running from Franklin to the CT line
The Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) begins on Grove Street in Franklin, MA and travels 23 miles through the towns of Blackstone, Millville, Uxbridge and Douglas into Thompson CT. Below are directions to the trail head in Franklin (parking available).
I-495 North to exit 16. Take a left at the end of the ramp. Travel straight through 2 traffic lights aprox 1 mile on King Street and continue onto Washington Street for .7 miles through 1 traffic light. Take a right onto Grove Street. Rail Trail parking will be .4 miles on your right. Trail is on left side of street.
I-495 South to exit 16. Take a right at the end of the ramp. Travel straight through 2 traffic lights aprox 1 mile on King Street and continue onto Washington Street for .7 miles through 1 traffic light. Take a right onto Grove Street. Rail trail parking will be .4 miles on your right. Trail is on left side of street.