Sudbury Reservoir Trail
About the Trail
The east end of the Sudbury Reservoir Trail (SRT) starts on Framingham Road, across from East Main Street. The trail extends approximately 5 miles west through town to the Westboro line. One to two cars can park on the shoulder of the road. The trail follows the water's edge and crosses over Route 30. It continues along the reservoir, parallel to White Bagley. There are many good fishing spots along the trail.
The trail follows White Bagley and crosses over to Partridge Hill Road and then back into the woods. This section of the runs along the reservoir and wooded until it opens up before Cordaville Road There is an interesting rock island with boulders that many who love to climb would enjoy. This is a perfect location for a picnic, fishing, or to leisurely watch a sunset overlooking the water.
The trail continues across Route 85/Cordaville, and Middle Road, and heads to Parkerville Road Cross the road and then turn right to continue along the water towards Deerfoot Road This section of the trail overlooks the Burnett House and includes historical markers that provide information about the Burnett House and the early settlers of Southborough. The trail continues past Beals Preserve, crosses Lynbrook Road (changes sides and crosses bridge as you head west), Route 30, and Northboro Road. Just after the 495 overpass, the trail veers left over a small arched bridge and continues along the open channel towards Walnut Hill or Sawink Farm Reservation. The Sudbury Reservoir Trail overlaps the Boroughs Loop and Aqueduct Trail (3-in-1 trail).
Parking can be found on the shoulder of the roads off Framingham Road, Route 30 near the intersection, Partridge Hill Road, Route 85 (Cordaville Road), Middle Road, Parkerville Road, Deerfoot Road, Northboro Road, and at the end of Ward Road
Although we love our furry companions, no dogs are allowed on Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) property within the Sudbury Reservoir watershed. The reservoir serves as backup drinking water and strict regulations are in place to help keep the watershed and water clean and free of pollutants. Thank you for your help to keep the land and water clean!
Sudbury Reservoir Background
In 1878 a system of reservoirs was constructed to provide water supply by holding back the Sudbury river, to supplement the Lake Cochituate system in Natick. These new reservoirs were Sudbury, Whitehall, Hopkinton, Ashland, Stearns, Brackett, and Foss. In 1947 the Whitehall, Hopkinton, Ashland and Cochituate Reservoirs were turned into State Parks, and in 1976 the entire Sudbury System was officially reclassified as an emergency water supply. Today only the Sudbury Reservoir and Foss (Framingham Reservoir Number 3) are classified as a reserve drinking water supply. The DCR owns and manages 4,943 acres of land in the Sudbury Reservoir watershed system.
For more information, visit the DCR's Sudbury Reservoir page.