Bay Circuit Trail Backpacking Trip

Saturday, November 5 -
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Nobscot Scout Reservation
Sudbury, MA

Event Info

Trail Marker

For this trip, we hiked a section of the relatively new Bay Circuit Trail, our first time on it as a troop. We started in Callahan State Park in Framingham and hiked to Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury. At Nobscot, we camped in a Leave No Trace section of the Ellisland camping area.

Our five participating Scouts and three leaders were treated to some unseasonably warm and clear weather, with pleasant and comfortable tent camping.

The trail blazes were mostly easy to follow, and except for a few stretches, such as going over Henry's Hill and Nobscot Hill, the trail was fairly level. We estimate our trail distance to have been about five miles each day.

See our actual trail (GPS data recorded by ASM Keith MacNeal):

GPS Visualizer
GPX file (right click to download)


Text from Keith MacNeal's article on Trimble Outdoors:

The Bay Circuit Trail is a permanent public recreational trail and greenway, linking parks and open spaces in fifty-seven Boston area communities, 200 miles from Plum Island and Ipswich to the Duxbury/Kingston shore. This is a section in Sudbury, MA. For more info and trail maps see

If you like geocaching, there are several caches along this section of trail. Some of the detours are to find geocaches. Other detours were lead scouts missing the trail markers.

Many trails crisscross the Bay Circuit in this area. Pay attention for the white rectangler markers signifying the Bay Circuit.

Note on Nobscot Boy Scout Reservation: This 600 acre reservation is the property of the Knox Trails Council of BSA. The Bay Circuit Trail in this area can be accessed via the reservation trail system, which is open to the public and well marked. Fresh water and toilet facilities are located at reservation headquarters just off Nobscot Road. However, BCT hikers should refrain from using any of the parking facilities without prior arrangement with the ranger to avoid conflict with the scouting program.

Photos by Joshua Froimson.

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