grafton hiking path

Regional Trails Resources

Inclusive Trails Access Toolkit

In 2024, CMRPC published its first Inclusive Trails Access Toolkit. This toolkit includes information about how trail managers and stewards can improve access and inclusion along their trails for underserved populations. All trail amenity construction projects need to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the 1968 Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) design standards; it is up to trail managers and stewards to take advantage of this toolkit as they see fit based on the unique needs of their community outside of ADA and ABA requirements.

This toolkit includes a variety of resources: a trail grading rubric developed by CMRPC, case studies & best practice information, funding resources, planning resource links, and much more.

This particular project was funded through the MassTrails grant program – a State initiative led by the Governor’s Office in partnership with the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of Conservation and Recreation to connect off-road, shared-use pathway, and recreational trail networks across the State.

Southern Worcester County Trail Hub

The Southern Worcester County Trail Hub is a one stop shop where visitors can learn more about all the wonderful trail resources found in our region. Hub resources include an interactive map of trail locations, learn about various local and regional trail groups, CMRPC’s trail efforts and how you can help contribute to this site and all it has to offer.

Hardwick Trail Map Guide

CMRPC is working with the Town of Hardwick to create both an online and physical map of agritourism and ecotourism assets that exist in Town. The Town is looking to improve trail system wayfinding and further connect tourists and residents with local agritourism and ecotourism resources. Generally, ecotourism and agritourism are both growing as viable methods of economic development for rural Towns like Hardwick that want to continue prioritizing conserving open space and recreational assets. The Guide is funded by District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA).

Municipalities and governmental entities are allowed to contract directly with CMRPC in accordance with MGL Chapter 30B Sections 1 (b) (3) and (b) (9). Contract with CMRPC, contact CMRPC’s Executive Director, Janet Pierce at

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