FBRTC launches petition to extend trail to Downtown Franklin!

Connecting Our Trail To Our Community

FBRTC is collecting local support for revitalizing the economic and recreational opportunities for Downtown Franklin and the surrounding communities by connecting the 1.4-mile Franklin Industrial Track with easy, convenient access to the 22-mile SNETT rail trail!

A trailhead near Downtown Franklin, at Union Street and Cottage Street, will create a healthy opportunity for everyone to safely walk, bike and be active outdoors. The attraction of trail users to the Downtown Franklin area will benefit and rejuvenate the economic activities for restaurants and retailers, improving the overall value and vibrancy of our community.

Project updates:

  • With support of our state legislators, Franklin was able to secure $700,000 of state funding in FY23 for the trail extension. 
  • A feasibility study to assess the track conditions and best path forward is underway. Among the features being examined is the current and potential future ownership of the stretch.

Story Walks are now on the Rail Trail

Next time you are out on the trail, check out one of the Story Walks we have installed. Currently, “Tidy” is over at the Grove Street trailhead, and “One Springy, Singy Day” is over at the Harpin Street trailhead.

Throughout the year, we will be also utilizing the Lake Street, Center Street and Fox Run trailheads, so keep an eye out for when new stories appear.

Thank you to our friends at the Franklin Public Library and the Bellingham Public Library for putting together these stories.

See you out on the trail!

The Rail Trail 5k is less than 2 weeks away!

Race signs are now up along the trail!

With less than two weeks until the race, you still have time to register.

FBRTC 5k Online Registration

Online registration closes on Thursday, May 16.

Once online registration closes, you can still register in person.

In person registration will be available at the following locations:

Friday, May 17 : 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Bib Pickup – Timeless Crossfit

90 Hayward Street, Franklin

Saturday, May 18 : 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM

Race Day – Grove Street Trailhead


We are also looking for a couple more volunteers to assist with the 5k.

If you are interested, sign up here.

FBRTC is searching for 5k volunteers

Greetings Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail community.  The FBRTC is looking for volunteers to help the morning of May 18, 2024 for our annual 5k fundraiser.  Our partners at Tri-Valley Front Runners will be leading the event, but need assistance in the following areas:

  • Parking
  • Greeting/Direction
  • Raffle Tent
  • Registration / Bib Pick Up / Check In
  • Road Crew
  • Water Stop / Turn Around Spot
  • Timing / Start / Finish / Results / Awards

We need volunteers at different times of the morning, from setting up the event starting around 8:00 AM, to supporting the race at 9:00 AM, to breaking down the event starting at 10:00 AM.

If you can help out at all, please sign up below.

Volunteer Sign Up

Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee Apparel Sale

The Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee (FBRTC) is a volunteer advocacy group working to develop and support the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT). Help us support and create awareness for this valuable resource. Place your order for FBRTC custom branded apparel at the link below. Select your item, fill in your purchasing information and choose a shipping option.  Orders will be shipped to the group organizer (Bob Amrich) for distribution or can be  picked up at a monthly FBRTC meeting. Apparel can also be shipped directly to your address for an additional cost.  Apparel orders will be available approximately 2 weeks after the online sale ends on March 22.  We look forward to seeing you on the trail or around town with your new FBRTC branded apparel! Thanks for your support.

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