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Hampden County Massachusetts Bike Trails

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot wide paved universally accessible path. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail runs parallel to Route 8 through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams, Massachusetts. The southern end of the Trail begins at the entrance to the Berkshire Mall off Rte. 8 in Lanesborough and travels 11 miles north to the center of Adams. Parking lots and restrooms are available along the way.

The Trail passes through the Hoosac River Valley, between Mt. Greylock and the Hoosac Mountains. Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosac 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 Native American 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.


Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is located in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.
From the south: take the Mass Pike (Rte. I-90) to exit 2, then Route 20 west to Route 7 north, Route 9 east to Route 8 north. Signs for Ashuwillticook parking areas are located on Route 8.
From the north: take Route 2 to Route 8 south, look for signs for Ashuwillticook parking along route 8.
Parking areas are located just off Route 8 at the trailhead on Berkshire Mall Road in Lanesborough, on Farnams Road and Church Street in Cheshire, Russell Field in Adams and the Adams town parking lot off Hoosac Street.

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