Hoosic River/ Ashuwillticook Trail

Cheshire, Massachusetts

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The word “Ashuwillticook" (ASH-oo-Will-ti-COOK) is the Native American name for the south branch of the Hoosic River, and it translates to something like “the pleasant river in between the hills." Provided you can pronounce it, the name says it all. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail offers a happy ramble between three towns set in the valley between Mount Grevlock and the Hoosac (not Hoosicl) Mountains. It meanders alongside the Cheshire Reservoir and often parallels the Hoosic (not Hoosac!) River, winding past a lake, wetlands, and woodlands. While the scenery is delightfully varied along the Ashuwillticook, there’s nothing challenging about this walk. For many trekkers here, that’s the whole point. “Our local EMS store brings people out to the trail and turns them on to snowshoeing," says Rebecca Barnes, Region Trail Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. “This is a good place for your first time out, and a wonderful place to get your ‘snowshoe legs’ if it’s been awhile!"
Snowshoe Routes: New England

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Snowshoe Routes: New England

by Diane Bair & Pamela Wright (The Mountaineers Books)

The word “Ashuwillticook" (ASH-oo-Will-ti-COOK) is the Native American name for the south branch of the Hoosic River, and it translates to something like “the pleasant river in between the hills." Provided you can pronounce it, the name says it all. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail offers a happy ramble between three towns set in the valley between Mount Grevlock and the Hoosac (not Hoosicl) Mountains. It meanders alongside the Cheshire Reservoir and often parallels the Hoosic (not Hoosac!) River, winding past a lake, wetlands, and woodlands.

While the scenery is delightfully varied along the Ashuwillticook, there’s nothing challenging about this walk. For many trekkers here, that’s the whole point. “Our local EMS store brings people out to the trail and turns them on to snowshoeing," says Rebecca Barnes, Region Trail Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. “This is a good place for your first time out, and a wonderful place to get your ‘snowshoe legs’ if it’s been awhile!"

©  Diane Bair & Pamela Wright/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Cheshire
Distance: 11.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Winter
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Department of Conservation and Recreation
Driving Directions: Directions to Hoosic River/ Ashuwillticook Trail

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