Ware River Trail - Trail Running

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The Ware River trail is a rail-trail, the path is popular for mountain biking, however, it also makes a great running trail as well.

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Dan Morris


6.0 miles

Anywhere from 6 to 20 mile runs are possible.

Destination Distance From Downtown

52.3 miles


1 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

2 hours


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Ware River Trail



The Ware River trail is a rail-trail, the path is popular for mountain biking, however, it also makes a great running trail as well. Located in Barre, MA, this trail has many possibilities. You can make Ware River Trail anything from a 6 mile to a 20 mile trail run, depending on how ambitious you are. The unpaved state-owned trail is fairly flat and takes you from Oakham/Barre, Hubbardston, and through towns such as Gardner. This trail is filled with lovely views of the woodlands and the Ware River.

What Makes It Great

The Ware River Rail-Trail is an adventure just waiting to be explored. The unpaved trail can be anything you want it to be, whether that be a long or short trail run among the trail’s tall pines. You can make it your own. The Ware River is an out and back trail that stretches along the Ware River, and consist of mostly flat terrain. Although the trail is mostly straight and has little variation, you will notice that once you get past Gardner it begin to vary a bit. Also, as you run the trail you’ll find that it splits off in the Barre/Oakham line.

The trail starts out between Rutland and Barre, and then continues through towns of Hubbardston and Gardner, until it finally reaches Ashburnham. Along the route don’t forget to take notice of the beauty of the woods as well as the lovely scenic views the Ware River has to offer throughout the trail. However, it is the trail’s distance from Boston that also makes it great as well. Only an hour away from the busy city of Boston, the trail is very accessible.

Who is Going to Love It

Everyone is bound to love the variety in distance this back and out trail has to offer. Ware River Trail is great for short and long distances, perfect for whatever your needs are. The flat terrain makes it great for beginners, however, its length also makes the path ideal for expert trail runners. Throughout the run you can explore the woodlands of the trail, as well as enjoy the natural beauty of the Ware River that flows along the trail. The Ware River trail is open year-round from sunup to sunset and therefore is very accessible.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From Boston get on the Mass Pike then take exit 10A. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Massachusetts 146 N/Worcester and merge onto MA-146 N. Then take exit onto I-290 East toward Shrewsbury/Marlboro. Then take exit 13 for Vernon St/Kelly Square/Massachusetts 122A. Follow Chandler St and MA-122 N to Old Coldbrook Rd in Barre. Turn left onto Vernon St and then continue onto Kelly Square. Then turn left onto Madison St and then continue onto Chandler St. Turn left onto MA-122 N/Pleasant St

Continue straight onto MA-122 N, take a slight right onto Chapman Road and then turn left onto Coldbrook Road. Parking is free.

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Barre, MA,
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