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Norwottuck Rail Trail

Northampton, MA
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Northampton
Type: Biking Trails
Activities: Biking
Traveler Description: There are a series of wonderful rail trails in and around Northampton, MA that can form the basis for a great visit pretty much any time of the year... more »
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Beautiful, recently repaved bike trail. Many miles along Connecticut river, through farmland, many New England towns and small cities.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The trail passes thru farms, college campuses, restaurants, malls, beaver ponds and just great scenery of the mountain ranges in Hadley as well. If you want to take a break Maple Farm Foods at the intersection of rt 116 is a great place to stop for lunch or ice cream, The market has outdoor and indoor seating as well as... More

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Hopkinton, MA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We rode the Amherst Connector from UMass to the Norwottuck Rail Trail (about 1.5 miles), then the Norwottuck Trail west to the Connecticut River (about 7 miles), then back again. It's a really nice ride. You are never far from civilization, and you do see buildings and roads, but you also pass by many farms and fields, a golf course,... More

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london
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

this is a gem. a fantastic and interesting walk from the historic town of northampton to hadley. you will relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

My family and I enjoyed going to both Look Park and to Southampton on the trail on different days. Quite a few road crossings but a well maintained and pretty trail with a lot of shade. If you go to Southampton, eat at the Tandem Bagel Company!

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New York, New York, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We walked two sections of the trail. Another portion is currently closed for upgrade. What we found was a lovely paved path with a few cyclists and fewer walkers. The walk was very easy and peaceful, and we even saw a rabbit and a snake, but not together.

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Northampton
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

There is an ethic to bicycle to work and to enjoy it for recreation. The rail trail takes you through the best towns and cities in western MA. There are great places to stop along the way. You can cross the CT River on the trail (using the old railroad bridge).

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7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I go on this bike path weekly. Love the views, minimal traffic, friendly people, and good exercise. Connects for miles.

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Northampton, MA
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28 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

As of mid-summer 2013, the Norwottuck trail is in bad shape, especially for those with high pressure tires. Parts of it will be closing soon for widening and repaving. Will be a wonderful ride again when it is done (2014?).

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ARLINGTON
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This used to be an amazingly awesome trail. It's still beautiful and conveniently cuts through Amherst and Hadley but the asphalt has deteriorated badly. Lots of tree roots have developed into "speed bumps" and there are dangerous trenches along the line of travel that are just waiting to grab the wheels of the skinny tire set. From some articles I... More

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