Amherst Umass Extension is a hiking and biking trail in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. It is 2.5 miles long and begins at 158 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 6 feet. The Lot 50 blue permit and Lot 42 red permit parkings are near the trailhead. Along the trail there are parkings.
Amherst Umass Extension Professional Review and Guide
"In Central Massachusetts lies the vast Quabbin Reservoir. The reservoir is now the centerpiece of a large wilderness area, and the more than fifty islands that stud its surface are home to wild turkey and deer. The observation tower on Quabbin Hill rivals the summit of Mount Greylock as a vantage point for a panoramic view in the Commonwealth. From the tower the 400 billion gallons of water stretch as far as the eye can see. Quabbin includes the observation tower, two enormous dams, a visitor center, and miles of hiking trails. Terrain: mildly rolling hills and long flat stretches, with steeper climbs at 25 and 34 miles. Traffic/Safety: there is little traffic on most of this ride, but watch out for faster traffic on the numbered "highways"."
--Paul Thomas, Best Bike Rides in New England (The Globe Pequot Press).
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