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“Norwottuck Trail is a nice ride”

Norwottuck Rail Trail
Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Northampton
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Owner description: Ten-mile bike path on the old tracks of the Boston and Maine railroad.
Hopkinton, MA
Level 6 Contributor
80 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Norwottuck Trail is a nice ride”
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, wetlands, etc. Very nice views of the Holyoke Range in some sections of the trail. It's nicely shaded, and this time of year it was really nice with the foliage colors. Some posters have mentioned the bumps in the trail. It's true that there are some bumps. They are highlighted with red paint, but it was hard to see that today with all the leaves on the pavement. However, the bumps really aren't that bad. We had no problem with them. And the last few miles towards the river are newly paved and perfectly smooth. The only negative is that the long RR bridge across the Connecticut River is blocked off, so you have to detour across the auto bridge. There is a sidewalk, but it is still unnerving with the cars flying by. Once you get across the river, you can get back on the bike trail and continue west (though we didn't do this part, we turned around and went back). There is a dock on the west side of the river that is a nice spot to take a break. I'm not sure why the bridge is blocked off. It looks fine, but there must be some work being done on it. Also, I'm not sure how wide this bike path is. It seems that it might be a little narrower than some others that we've been on. It is wide enough for travel in both directions, though.

Visited October 2013
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london
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“brilliant”
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

Visited September 2013
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Arlington, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice trail to fun destinations.”
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!

Visited August 2013
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New York, New York, United States
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely and rustic”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Northampton
Level 6 Contributor
254 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Wonderful for Commuters and Visitors”
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).

Visited July 2013
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