Mountain bikers have come home to the Berkshire East Mountain Resort. Beginners to double-black trail riders can experience the thrills of racing down intricately crafted courses at the resort’s Thunder Mountain Bike Park, New England’s fastest growing downhill mountain bike park. Lifts take bikers up to trails, many designed by Gravity Logic, that range from gently descending to steeply elevated and narrow. Obstacles, natural and manmade, range from tight trees to wood ramps and challenging jumps. The park supplies high-end rental bikes and safety gear, certified instructors offer lessons, and an on-site technician is available for repairs. At the end of an exciting day, enjoy a meal at the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill.
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 full description of Chesterfield Gorge, with more useful information.