Wachusett Reservoir and Reservation Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boylston, Massachusetts that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
The 4,135-acre reservoir was built between 1897-1908 by damming the South Branch of the Nashua river. Water was sent via an aqueduct to the Weston reservoir. It now receives some of its water from Quabbin Reservoir and still supplies the Boston area.
It is west of Interstate 495, halfway between Interstate 290 and 190 in West Boylston, Sterling and Clinton, and is virtually surrounded by Rte. 110 on the east and north, Rt. 70 on the south, Rte. 140 running diagonally from northeast to southwest and Rte. 12 bisecting the northern third.
Classroom programs and field trips are offered to schools and groups in or bordering the watershed areas, and to MWRA service communities. Topics range from water's behavior and physical properties, watersheds, cultural and natural history of the watershed areas.
Featured Recreational Opportunities:
Shoreline Fishing (Restrictions), Hiking, Walking Trails, Bicycling, Bird Watching, Snowshoeing, Scenic Views, Visitor Center, Picnicking (carry-in, carry-out), No Dogs Allowed, Education, Interpretation & Visitor Services, Hunting (restrictions and permit required)