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Norwottuck Rail Trail is a 10 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Northampton, Massachusetts and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.0 miles Elevation Gain: 213 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


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partially paved

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FROM THE WEST: 1. Head east on I-90 E 2. Take exit 4 for I-91 toward Holyoke/Springfield - 0.6 mi 3. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-91 and merge onto I-91 N - 13.8 mi 4. Take exit 19 toward Northampton - 0.2 mi 5. Go straight through traffic light - Park will be on the right 358 ft FROM THE EAST: 1. Head west on I-90 W 2. Take exit 4 for I-91toward Springfield/Holyoke - 0.2 mi 3. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-91 and merge onto I-91 N - 13.8 mi 4. Take exit 19 toward Northampton - 0.2 mi 5. Go straight through traffic light - Park will be on the right - 358 ft FROM THE NORTH: 1. Take I-91 S 2. Take exit 20 to merge onto N King St- 0.4 mi 3. Turn left at Damon Rd - Park will be on the left - 0.9 mi FROM THE SOUTH: 1. Take I-91 N 2. Take exit 19 for MA-9 toward Northampton - 0.2 mi 3. Go straight through traffic light - Park will be on the right 358 ft

1 month ago

A cold cold morning walk

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6 months ago

What a great trail. Busy in spots but Northampton is worth the trip. Lots of restaurants and bars along the trail there. And very walkable once there.

Mon Sep 03 2018

Nice ride

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Mon Jul 30 2018

Such a beautiful trail. Nice and smooth and wide. Very well marked road crossings. Bike pull offs with benches. A couple nice ice cream and food places along the road in the Northampton section. We continues onto the Manhan section to Look Park in Florence. This trail was narrower and a rougher surface and no benches that we noticed. Look Park was beautiful. Our total ride was 31.1 miles round trip

Sun Jun 25 2017

Beautiful trail. Nice paved surface. Lots of great views and plenty of places to stop and get a bite to eat. Bike ride it all the time.

road biking
Fri Aug 19 2016

A beautiful, well-maintained bike path and trail that takes you point-to-point from Amherst to Northampton through woods and farmland.

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Mon Jul 25 2016

This trail was great. I rode from Northampton (Damon Road trail head) to Amherst's town center--about 14 miles round-trip. (The trail connects to an on road bike lane that gets you the final 1/3 mile to town, where there were great places to grab dinner.) lots of friendly people on the trail. I really enjoyed the mile markers and signage with distances. The real stunner is the old rail bridge over the Connecticut River! :) i look forward to coming back.

Sun Jun 26 2016

We are visiting Amherst, so I was looking for unpaved trail to run and found plenty of well marked trials. Most were flat and wide enabling the runner to get to pace, although some were deer paths most were 6-8feet wide. I ran blue, red / white trail onto red. I also ran a linear trail that reminded me of an old carriage road, it was quite wide and flat with gentle slope that led to pond, it was not marketed separately and tan about 1 mile . All in all I had good experience.

Tue May 31 2016

Great Trail! Has two places to stop and get food. One food stop has an old video arcade. The trail also has paths to the Hadley Mall, Umass, Amherst College; and goes through Northampton, Hadley, Amherst, and Belchertown.

Sun Sep 20 2015

It is very nice reminds me of walking the wonder ways of Switzerland

road biking
Mon Aug 24 2015

Awesome trail. Excellent scenery and nice to not have to worry about automobiles. Belchertown start is a little rough on road bikes, but the new pavement that starts in Amherst is beautiful. Have yet to go further than Northampton but will very soon.

Wed Oct 15 2014

The Norwottuck Rail Trail is just full of awesome! You can start in Belchertown and ride uninterrupted all the way to Easthampton. The ride is fairly easy, the only hill is at West Street in Amherst (Rt. 116). The trail goes through wetlands, swamps, sweeping fields, wonderful farm lands. There are excellent vistas at many points. The eventual plan is to incorporate the Norwottuck Rail Trail into the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail, which eventually will stretch all the way to Boston.

Tue Oct 15 2013

Trail is under reconstruction until end of 2014. Various section closed including bridge over CT river.

Wed Sep 04 2013

Really a straight forward walk very nice sights of the river going across the bridges do have to be careful with all the ppl bikeong

Mon Nov 06 2006

Enjoyable rail trail with minimum grade change. A lot of bumps from roots in various area's. Overall it was a pleasant 16.7 mile (round trip) ride.

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