Upper Charles Trail

In 2012, the Town of Hopkinton established the Upper Charles Trail Committee (UCTC) and charged it with developing Hopkinton's portion of this trail. The trail will eventually link five towns -  Hopkinton, Milford, Holliston, Sherborn, Ashland. Hopkinton's portion will connect to the sections in Milford (completed) and Ashland (design underway).

The Committee released their proposed route for the Hopkinton portion of the trail in August 2021. The Trails Club had concerns about aspects of the proposal and developed an alternative proposal for a portion of the route. Links to the UCTC's proposal and the Trails Club's suggested alternative are below: We urge the public to remain involved in following this project and providing feedback. Attend meetings if possible, and check this page for updates (below).


News & Updates:

19 January 2022:

The UCTC invited the Trails Club to attend their meeting and discuss the alternative western route. This meeting was broadcast on HCAM-TV. A recording of the meeting can be viewed on HCAM's YouTube channel. No public comments were allowed during the meeting, but the Committee Chair encouraged the public to send emails with their input.

Presentation materials are below:
14 January 2022:

The Upper Charles Trail Committee sent an email to the Select Board indicating that they were not ready to request permission to prepare and submit an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) for the trail.  An ENF is required for projects that create over 10 acres of impervious surface or meet other criteria.  For a 12 foot wide asphalt-paved trail, a trail over 6.8 miles long requires notification, and the Upper Charles Trail is 8 miles long, although the trail surface is some areas must remain stone dust, and the overall surface has reportedly not been decided.  A stone dust trail would typically not require such notification.  An ENF filing can cost between $25,000 and $100,000, depending on land conditions. 

13 January 2022:

The Hopkinton School Committee voted unanimously to not support Segment 6 of the Upper Charles Trail, a segment planned to extend around Marathon School and into the town-owned Irvine-Todaro Property.  The Todaro property is a possible location for a replacement for the Elmwood School.  Jane Moran, Chair of the Upper Charles Trail Committee noted that the trail "is an allowed use" and that it had "nothing to do with the school committee," even though the trail would pass one and possibly two elementary schools.  The issue was timely as the Upper Charles Trail Committee is submitting a grant proposal for engineering funds for Segment 6 to the DCR MassTrails grant program in early February, and community support is a consideration in the grant application.

HCAM recording of the meeting on YouTube (starting at the discussion of the trail)

5 January 2022:

The UCTC met via Zoom on January 5 to review the December 8 public forum
8 December 2021:

On December 8, 2021, the UCTC held a public forum to present their proposed route and to take questions and comments. Information about that meeting is below: