Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Berkshire County, Massachusetts

Distance5.3mi
Elevation Gain179ft
Trailhead Elevation1,002ft
Top1,002ft
Elevation Min/Max969/1002ft
Elevation Start/End1002/1002ft

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.

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Best Rail Trails New England (Falcon Guides)
Cynthia Mascott
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"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." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Berkshires (Falcon Guides)
Jim Bradley
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"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." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes in the Berkshires (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Rene Laubach
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"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." Read more

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Reviews

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7/20/2018
This is a very nice paved trail for biking and walking. It's not very difficult but there's some really nice scenery along the ride/walk. You go through some forests, wetlands, pass a lake, some green hills and the Hoosic River. If you get tired there are also benches along the way which is a nice touch. The trail is very well cared for.
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8/11/2005
This rail-trail is now paved and has several parking areas and porta-potties. This is one of the most scenic rail-trails I have done, and Adams was a nice town to visit.
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Trail Information

Berkshire County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Skating
Additional Use
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management
Local Contacts
USGS Cheshire
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018