Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Massachusetts

(413) 442-8928

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Overview

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot wide paved, universally accessible, passive recreation path. The Ashuwillticook runs parallel to Route 8 through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams. The southern end of the rail trail begins at the entrance to the Berkshire Mall off MA Rte. 8 in Lanesborough and travels 11.2 miles north to the center of Adams. Parking lots and restrooms are available at selected locations along the way.

The rail trail passes through the Hoosic River Valley, between the Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountain Ranges. Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosic River, and associated wetlands flank much of the trail offering outstanding views of the scenery and abundant wildlife. The name Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) derives from the Native American word for the south branch of the Hoosic River and literally means "at the in-between pleasant river," or in common tongue, "the pleasant river in between the hills." The name was adopted for the trail as a way to reconnect people to local history and the natural environment.

Map of Ashuwillticook Rail Trail (MA)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.624492, -73.118003

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    The rail trail is accessible from dawn to dusk. Commuters with appropriate lights may use the trail after dark at their own risk. The 10-foot wide paved trail is perfect for individuals and families. Children 16 years or younger must wear a helmet.

  • Hiking

    Walkers and joggers find 11.2 scenic miles of paved trail to explore. Roller bladers should use non-metal tipped poles.

  • Winter Sports

    During the winter the trail is open to cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, conditions permitting.

Seasonality/Weather

Comfort stations are located at the trail parking areas off Berkshire Mall Road and Farnams Road. Comfort stations are open during daylight hours from mid-May to mid-September.

Directions

Driving

From the South, East and West/Mass Pike (I-90): Take Exit 2 in Lee. Follow US Rte. 20 west to US Rte. 7 north for 11 miles to downtown Pittsfield. At Park Square rotary follow East Street for 3.25 miles (East St. becomes Merrill Road after 1.5 miles) to intersection of MA Rte. 9 and MA Rte. 8. Continue straight through intersection on Rte. 8 north for 1.5 miles to Lanesborough-Pittsfield line. Turn left at lights for Berkshire Mall Road entrance and rail trail parking. Farnams Road rail trail parking lot is 3.5 miles further on Rte. 8 north.

From the North, East and West/Rte. 2: Take MA Rte. 2 in downtown North Adams to MA Rte. 8 south for 5.5 miles to Adams center. Look for brown Ashuwillticook signs. Turn left onto Hoosac Street, then immediate right onto Depot Street. Parking is at Discover the Berkshires Visitor Center on left. Access to rail trail is behind the Visitors Center.

Parking areas are located along MA Rte. 8 at: the southern trailhead on Berkshire Mall Road in Lanesborough; Farnams Road and Church Street in Cheshire; and in Adams at Russell Field off Harmony St., and northern trailhead at the Discover the Berkshires Visitor Center, 3 Hoosac Street. Parking is free.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(413) 442-8928

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