A Visitors Guide to Westford
The town of Westford, Massachusetts is located in Middlessex County approximately 25 miles northwest of Boston. Primary driving access to Westford is from Exit 32, the Boston Road exit, off of Interstate 495. Heading south from this exit brings you within close proximity of the major commercial district along Littleton Road (Rt 110) near the intersection of Boston Road, as well as the many office complexes along the Littleton Road corridor. Heading north from the Boston Road exit brings you to Westford Center and the town offices. Another business section in Westford is on Groton Road in the northern part of town, and that area can be reached by taking Exit 33 off of US Rt 3 then head west on Rt 40.
Westford is about a 35 mile drive from Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) and about a 30 mile drive from Manchester-Boston Airport (MHT) in New Hampshire. The town is served by bus service from the Lowell Region Transit Authority (LRTA). LRTA bus #15 runs from the Kennedy Transportation Center in Lowell, through Chelmsford and then makes several stops in Westford along Littleton Road before turning around at the IBM office in Littleton. There is MBTA commuter rail service from Boston to the Kennedy Center in Lowell, and a connection to the LRTA #15 bus to Westford can be made at the Kennedy Center. There is also MBTA commuter rail service from Boston to the neighboring town of Littleton. There are no bus connections to the Littleton MBTA rail station. Westford has no dedicated taxi service, but several taxi companies in neighboring towns will provide service into Westford. Driving time between downtown Boston and Westford is about 45 minutes during non-rush hour periods.
There are several lodging options along Littleton Road (Rt 110). Here you will find a Hampton Inn, the Westford Regency Inn, and a Marriott Residence Inn. These hotels are conveniently located within walking distance to variety of restaurants and small shopping areas. Most lodging is only a short drive away from the corporate offices and industrial locations along the Littleton Road corridor.
Westford town offices, the J.V.Fletcher Library, and the police and fire department headquarters are located in the town center. These facilities are near the Westford Common, which can be found at the northwest end of Boston Road as it intersects with Main Street and Lincoln Street. During the good weather months, the Westford Common is home to the Tuesday afternoon Westford Farmers Market, as well as many other events and activities.
Throughout the winter, downhill skiing and snow tubing takes place at Nashoba Valley Ski Area on Powers Road. The ski hill has several lifts and provides skiing for all levels of skiers. Ski and snow board rentals are available at the ski area. Nashoba Valley Ski Area is also home to the Outlook Restaurant, which overlooks the ski slope.
During the summer, Kimball Farm offers great tasting ice cream along with recreational activities that include a driving range, 3 par golf course, batting cages, mini golf and an outdoor grill. Kimball Farm is located on Littleton Road near the Westford-Littleton town line.
There are two town beaches in Westford. Forge Pond beach is located in the Forge Village area of Westford. Access to the beach is via the road that starts at Pleasant Street and runs parallel to the railroad tracks. Edwards beach is located on Nabnasset Lake in the Nabnasset section of Westford. Access to the Edwards Beach parking area is near the corner of Birch Road and Williams Ave.
The Bruce Freedman Rail Trail crosses through the eastern portion of Westford. At the present time, this 7 mile long trail will take you from the junction of Rts 27 & 225 in Westford to the Cross Point office complex in Lowell.
The Westford Conservation Trust also maintains a map of all hiking trails throughout Westford. One of the more popular walking areas in Westford is the East Boston Camps site. Several times each year, the Friends of East Boston Camps sponsor a family outing day at the East Boston Camps site. In the winter months, the outing will include many winter activities, such as snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and snow castle making. The good weather activities will include swimming, softball and hay rides. Unless otherwise posted, the East Boston Camps site is open for trail walking and nature hikes. Parking is available across from the Stony Brook Farm Stand on Depot St or at the Stony Brook Middle School parking lot near the athletic field.
In the spring, the Westford Kiwanis sponsor the Apple Blossom Festival.The Apple Blossom Festival usually includes a carnival at the Abbot School field along with special activities and musical performances. The highlight of the Apple Blossom Festival is the Apple Blossom parade, followed by the crowning of the Apple Blossom Queen. The Apple Blossom Festival usually takes place during the second week of May.
In June, the First Parish Church United sponsors the Strawberry n Arts Festival. This one day event includes booths and displays from local crafters and artists, along with entertainment provided by local performers. Freshly made Strawberry Shortcake is served throughout the day.