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Norwottuck Rail Trail

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Address: Northampton, MA
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Ten-mile bike path on the old tracks of the Boston and Maine railroad.

Ten-mile bike path on the old tracks of the Boston and Maine railroad.

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Traveled many miles on this wonderful trail

Although relatively flat and straight for much of its length, this trial is absolutely wonderful. Most of the trail is shaded and remains cool through the morning into the summer... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although relatively flat and straight for much of its length, this trial is absolutely wonderful. Most of the trail is shaded and remains cool through the morning into the summer. It was recently repaved, widened, and upgraded with the installation of benches and informational kiosks at some locations. Parking is available in Amherst on Station Road, at the trail terminus... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Gorgeous, peaceful ride. Love the bridge over the Connecticut River. Plenty of parking, picnic tables, and portajohns on the Northampton end. Well-loved and well-used. Recently repaved.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Rail Trail offers a scenic tour of farmland, swamps and nature. Great for bike riders or walkers. We use it for a safe bike riding experience for three seasons. I the spring it is also a prime area for bird watching. Travel the back side of Hadley farmland, Amherst College and enjoy the wildlife of several brooks and swamps.... More 

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Thank John L
Montgomery, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

I start this trail in Belchertown off Warren Wright Rd. A small parking lot starts the trail off. The first 5 miles is quiet rolling thru conversation areas. As you bike closer to Northampton, you ride past universities, the Hadley Mall and end up at the railroad bridge by the Rte 91 ramp. At the end of the trail is... More 

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Thank seventhsojurn
East Hampton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

My husband and I came here for a bike ride. The trail is mostly level and fully paved which made for a nice leisurely ride. We started at the bridge over the Connecticut River which was beautiful. It is a very long bridge with gorgeous views of the river. The trail went through lots of farmland which was very pretty.... More 

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Great trail that takes you through beautiful wilderness areas, parks, near water and bird sanctuary, by old railheads and over old rail bridges. We loved it. Great trail.

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Thank RonL40
Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Love this trail to walk on but during prime times you need to keep a good look out for bikes and skaters. My favorite spot is crossing over the Connecticut River into Hadley at sunset. Lots of shade and pastural views. Parking is available on the Northampton side.

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Thank Fay K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Best bike trails we have discovered.....we traveled from out of state and were NOT disappointed! Started at the Connecticut River (Northampton, MA) entrance , with our journey beginning over the beautiful bridge. The first mile or two are through residential communities, with one or two of the original stations converted into Coffee houses along the tracks, and an Art Studio.... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

A very well maintained ride from Northampton to Belchertown. On the Amherst/Belchertown end, a lovely Bird Sanctuary followed by a large swamp. All sorts of places to stop and reflect, while watching the many different birds, and turtles, snakes, in the swamp.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Watched the sunset over the CT river -just lovely! We waited on the bridge and enjoyed watching the sun fade while it left the sky beautiful colors of orange and pink.

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