New Trail Opens at Wayside Forest in Framingham

Wayside Forest Trail Opening. Photo by SVT Staff.
Mayor Yvonne Spicer (second from left) spoke to the gathering before the inaugural Wayside Forest trail walk. Photo by SVT Staff.
Wayside Forest Trail Opening. Photo by Sandy Gotlib.
To open the trail at Wayside Forest, SVT's Christa Collins (left) prepares to cut the ribbon held by Carolyn and Andy Limeri. Photo by Sandy Gotlib.
Wayside Forest Trail Opening. Photo by Sandy Gotlib.
SVT's Christa Collins (left) led the inaugural trail walk at Wayside Forest. Photo by Sandy Gotlib.

On Sunday, November 4, we formally opened the new trail at SVT's Wayside Forest reservation in Framingham. We kicked off the event with a small reception at the Friend's Meeting House on Edmands Road. About 50 area residents toasted the trail with a cup of cider before heading out for the grand-opening trail walk.

SVT and the City of Framingham protected the 52 acres of Wayside Forest on Wayside Inn Road this past summer, when SVT purchased the land from George and D.D. Harrington. The City, which secured a state grant that went toward the purchase price, holds a conservation restriction over the property. 

During the brief reception, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer spoke about the importance of open space, noting that "when it's gone, it's gone forever."  Christa Collins, SVT's Director of Land Protection, thanked the project partners in attendance, including Marianne Iarossi, Senior Planner for Framingham; Rob McArthur, Framingham Conservation Administrator; and Clay Hutchinson, the City's Communications and Land Stewardship Coordinator. 

Christa also acknowledged members of SVT's Board and SVT's Land Protection Committee, and she thanked all those who donated to the project and made its success possible. Finally, Christa expressed gratitude for the generosity of the Harringtons, who have long worked to conserve land in northwest Framingham and who sold us the Wayside Forest property for about half its market value.

The trail at Wayside Forest is an extension of the trails on our adjacent Henry's Hill reservation. Those trails connect to the Bay Circuit Trail, allowing for a full day of hiking through the nearby the City of Framingham's Wittenborg Woods, various Town of Sudbury lands, and Callahan State Park.

Trail maps for Henry's Hill and Wayside Forest are available on the SVT website and in the kiosk at the Henry's Hill trail head at 14 Wayside Inn Road.