Address: Mill Rd. City: Dudley State: MA
Quinebaug River Bikeway (Rail Trail)
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts purchased the Southbridge spur from the Providence & Worcester Railroad in 2004 to establish a community based Rail Trail system through Southbridge, Dudley, and Webster, Massachusetts. The Commonwealth had left an option open for the State of Connecticut to purchase the 3.3 miles through Thompson, Connecticut and thus creating a 13 ½ mile intermodal transportation corroder on the old Southbridge & Blackstone Railroad line which had providing connecting rail service to Boston from 1857 to 1921 and Freight services from 1857 to 1997. This railroad had physically linked those communities in the past. To date it is still only a dream for a Southbridge to Webster trail, which would include all those communities. The issue is one state cannot own property in another State.
Length: Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail; Dudley-Southbridge section; 4.1 miles.
Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail; Sandersdale section; 0.2 miles
Difficulty: Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail; Dudley-Southbridge section; Easy-Moderate.
Flat rail trail with multiple surfaces. Hard packed dirt, cinder, stone-dust, gravel and grass.
The northern section contains a short section of trap rock. Mt bike recommended.
Quinebaug Valley Rail Trail; Sandersdale section; Easy. Paved trail.
From Route 131 in Southbridge, continue southeast on Route 131 passing the Route 169 south turnoff (Here you’ll find the paved section of trail). Continue southeast on Route 131 into Dudley. Just after you cross over the Quinebaug River, take a left on Mill Rd. The Mill Road parking lot will be along your right.