Trail Updates

On this page, we list any trail-related issues of which we are currently aware. If you have any updates, please use our Report a Problem page.


BTA-BOLT is building a new bridge spanning Lowes Pond in Boxford. This is a long-needed upgrade on the Bay Circuit Trail between Georgetown-Rowley State Forest, Boxford Village, and Boxford State Forest. Volunteer help is needed beginning on Saturday September 15, 10:00 AM to move lumber and to help set the posts.

Much of the work will be in water (Lowe Pond) so bring waders or a change in footwear/clothes. We will have a couple of waders available.  Meeting location is at the end of Chapman Way, Boxford, in the vicinity of 3 Chapman Way. Volunteers will be needed later in the project as well. For more info or to express interest, contact project coordinator Rich Tomczyk,


Hemlock Junction - almost completed!

The re-connection to the Rail Trail through Hemlock Junction and the Arboretum is open and well-marked.  We are finishing the parking area and picnic area, and have received a new bike rack, generously donated by the Topsfield Bike Store, which we will install soon.  Keep checking back!


Crooked Pond
Map 17a, Boxford Trail Guide

Entering from Middleton Rd/ gate: Marker #17 and BCT are accessible, further along (#16, 15, 14) are not.

If one takes the first left to circle around to the left side of Crooked Pond, once the trail nears pond, it is flooded – it may be possible to reroute to higher ground/ slightly inland around this spot.  At the next intersection, the trail to Wunnegen and 11W is accessible, but the trail following the pond shore is mostly underwater and impassable.


Fish Brook Trail
Map 13, Boxford Trail Guide

‘Stepping Stones’ across Fish Brook (trail from The Lane, off of Main St, to the Fish Brook Trail and on to Middleton Rd/ Townsend Farms Rd) are visible but very slippery.  Be very careful if you try to cross here.


Bay Circuit Trail – Campground Rd to Boren Lane
Map 3, Boxford Trail Guide

Due to high water, it is currently unsafe to cross Lowe Pond.  (New bridge to be built soon.) Directional signs have been placed to re-route around Lowe Pond.

From B to B rail trail, remain on BtoB rail-trail, south east, to Pond St., .3 mi, turn right.  At Ipswich Rd. & Pond St. intersection, bear left continuing on Pond St to Depot Rd., .4 mi, bearing right around sweeping turn, follow Depot Rd. to Boren Lane, .2 mi, turn right to Chapman Ln., .2 mi, turn left onto BCT Chapman Ln.
From Boren Ln, remain on Boren Lane to Depot Rd., .2 mi, turn left to sweeping turn onto Pond St., .2 mi, to Ipswich Rd. & Pond St. intersection, .4 mi, bear right on Pond St. to BtoB rail-trail, turn left following rail-trail to Kelsey Rd. BCT.


Coolidge 100 Acre Woods, 42 Topsfield Road
Map 10, Boxford Trail Guide

The new owners of the Coolidge property are in the process of creating a sheep farm and cheese making center. Pastures have been cleared and fencing is being installed.  Please follow trail markers.