Adventure company provides the bikes and routes for a fun day of scenic cycling
Experience the joy of cruising along scenic roadways on a sturdy bike when you let the experienced professionals at Adventure East curate a biking trip for you. Grab a road bike or gravel grinder and explore the picturesque routes along the Connecticut River, visit local farm stands and eateries, or ride along old homestead roads on Mt. Toby. The adventure company’s specially designed, handmade, 9-speed bikes make a few hours of riding a breeze, and you’ll also be given a helmet and flashing light, as well as recommendations for points of interest and roadside assistance if needed. Take the River Road Loop over the Connecticut River to Book Mill on the banks of the Saw Mill River or the Sunderland Farm Tour, where you’ll sample local farm products.
Begins at Elwell State Park, Damon RoadNorthampton, Hadley, & Amherst, MAPhone: 413-586-8706
Total Length: 11 Miles
The Norwottock Rail Trail is an 11 mile path linking Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst along the former Boston & Main Railroad, built in 1887. The path's level terrain provides safe passage for bicyclists of all ages and abilities and both ends of the path offer free parking for trail users – Elwell State Park on Damon Road in Northampton and Station Road in South Amherst. Historians believe that the Native Americans who lived here before the European settlers were called the Norwottucks. Translated, norwottuck means “in the midst of the river.” Public restrooms are available at the parking area at Elwell Recreation Area.
The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot wide paved, universally accessible, passive recreation path. The trail runs parallel to Route 8 through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams, with the southern end of the rail trail beginning at the entrance to the Berkshire Mall off MA Rte. 8. and ending 11.2 miles north at the center of Adams. Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosic River, and associated wetlands flank much of the trail offering outstanding views of the scenery and abundant wildlife. Parking lots and restrooms are available at selected locations along the way. -
River RoadChesterfield, MA, 01012Phone: 413-532-1631
Mountain biking is popular at Chesterfield Gorge, but it is limited only to the seven-mile River Road, which is accessible by a trail from the parking lot. See a full description on our Walking & Hiking page.