Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Originally a railway line built in the mid-nineteenth century, the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail came about when train service stopped in the 1990s and local residents petitioned to turn the space into a recreational trail. Traversing 11.2 miles from Lanesborough to North Adams, the paved path runs through the mountains and along the Cheshire Reservoir and Hoosic River, which makes for some pretty spectacular views. In the warmer months it’s the perfect place for biking, rollerblading, running, and walking, while it becomes a nice spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing come winter. There are restrooms along the way and even a pub (CJ’s) in the old Adams railway station right on the path.
By Katherine Martinelli, AFAR Local Expert