Have walked and biked on this rail-trail many times over the years. Well kept, smooth (a few parts get very slightly rocky near Bolton Notch, but that's considered the Hop River Trail at that point). Nearly flat as this used to be a railroad track, the only inclines happen EXTREMELY gradually. I can only notice the incline on my bike as one direction I'll average 13mph or so while having to pedal constantly, and on the way back I can coast up to 20mph and maintain it with little effort. Great for biking as well as hiking as there are several offshoot trails in both Valley Falls and Bolton Notch parks which offer expansive lookouts and challenging climbs less than a half mile from the rail-trail.

There are several street crossings and the trail is very popular amongst local residents, these are the only major drawbacks keeping me from rating this 5 stars.

Great for people who want to get out and move but don't want to trip over rocks or climb steep slopes (unless you venture off on one of the side trails).

We got confused with the blue markings that are also used to mark the rails to trails area lol new hikers here, other than that... beautiful place to hike!

Very nice walk in the woods. I'm not sure if it should be posted as moderate.

trail running
7 months ago

hiking
Saturday, December 10, 2016

A pleasant 2.6 mile clockwise loop through the Belding Wildlife Management Area starting on the north side of Valley Falls Road on the blue blazed Shenipsit Trail, and parking in the Valley Falls Park lot. Trail heads north crossing Bolton Rd, then westerly to a small pond before turning northerly again and eventually looping back easterly joining the yellow blazed Belding Path trail then south to rejoin the blue blazed Shenipsit. Much of this hike parallels the Tankerhoosen River which meanders along in the most tranquil of fashions. An easy to moderate hike and a strong recommend.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

road biking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

hiking
Thursday, April 28, 2016

road biking
Monday, December 28, 2015