Hoosic River/ Ashuwillticook Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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!""