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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Adams

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.8/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10ft paved, universally accessible, scenic rail trail path. The Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) Rail Trail runs parallel to Route 8 through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams, Massachusetts and has become a popular resource for biking, walking, roller-blading, and jogging. The trail is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).The southern end of the trail begins at the entrance to the Berkshire Mall off Route 8 in Lanesborough and travels north to the center of Adams. Parking lots and restrooms are available along the way.The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail passes through the Hoosac River Valley, between Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountains. Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosic River, and associated wetland communities flank much of the trail offering outstanding views and abundant wildlife. The word Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) is from the American Indian name 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.
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  • An absolutely beautiful bike trail. Trail is very well maintained. First couple miles through woodland areas and then opens up to a beautiful view of the reservoir. At mile 9 went to Whitneys farm rig...  read more »
  • Bicycle ride for 22 miles on an exceptionally well maintained public rail trail. 1st 2 miles have slight uphill, which give you some coasting help at the end. We had a spectacular ride on a prototypic...  read more »
  • Very nice 11 mile paved rail trail with a small grade at the start (Adams side). It would be glorious on a sunny day, bathrooms at both ends. Supposedly there is a bathroom midway but didn't see it ma...  read more »
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