Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. It is 5.3 miles long and begins at 1,002 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 179 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail conservation can be seen along the trail. There are also wetlands along the trail.
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"If you’re looking for truly spectacular views of the hills and mountains that Berkshire County is famous for, you need look no further. This is a gem of a rail trail.This trail is 11.15 miles long by my measurement. It is entirely flat and paved with asphalt, which makes for a very easy ride despite the length. Despite the fact that it parallels Route 8 for much of its length, most of the landmarks on this trail are nature related; encounters with residential neighborhoods are few, and even then the houses are not close together."
--Cynthia Mascott, Best Rail Trails New England (Falcon Guides).
"The Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted by the Massachusetts Department of Recreation and Conservation into a paved multiuse trail. This 10.9-mile point-to-point trek has plenty of places to rest and picnic along the way. Enjoy views of the Mount Greylock Range across the Cheshire Reservoir. Informative signs will teach you about the area.
From the parking area, the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail starts
at the trailhead bathrooms (open seasonally during daylight
hours) and heads north. This rail trail is multiuse, so keep an eye out for cyclists, runners, and people on skates."
--Jim Bradley, Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires (Falcon Guides).
"A fun ride along a picturesque lake with distant mountain views—an especially great trip for families. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is not your typical bike path. This 10-foot-wide ribbon of asphalt is in many ways its own community. A trip up and back on any day will bring you into contact with people who are in-line skating, skateboarding, riding scooters, biking, jogging, and walking. Families come here as much as solo riders, and nearly everyone has a friendly greeting for passersby. The two parking areas are spacious, with universally accessible composting toilets. Picnic tables and benches are placed along the route at scenic places to make the trip even more appealing."
--Charles W.G. Smith & Susan A. Smith, Discover the Berkshires of Massachusetts (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"Highlights: No technical obstacles! No hills! No following directions! Views of Mt. Greylock and wildflowers are grand, and provide a different aesthetic for those bored of trees: backyard laundry lines, gutted factories, and graffiti-covered railroad bridges. Tread: Doubletrack. For now. This trail is slated to become 10 feet wide and paved in an undetermined upcoming year. Funding is slow. Enjoy this while you can!"
--Anna Milkowski, Mountain Biking the Berkshires (Falcon Guides).
"The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail’s southernmost section is studded with biologically rich wetlands that host a panoply of birds and ends at picture-perfect Cheshire Reservoir. The moderate rating is based on distance.This 10-foot-wide, paved, universal-access trail is without doubt the most popular, if unconventional, trail in Berkshire County. Cyclists, inline skaters, walkers, joggers, and birders all share the path amicably. This portion of the rail trail is extremely popular, and the parking lot is often filled with vehicles by late morning. To have the best chance of spotting wildlife, you should arrive early in the morning."
--Rene Laubach, AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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