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Old 07-23-13, 08:12 AM   #1
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Williamstown MA - got a room for 1 nite this coming weekend - bike trails?

anybody do any bike trail riding near here? looking for paved trails w scenery for wifey and myself. rail trail type stuff ya know. also if you have any restaurant reviews .. THANKS Gang!

UPDATE: found one, anyone familiar with it?
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail about 10-11 miles long runs north/south we'll start in Adams and run south. will park near Adams Visitor Ctr at 8 Park St. Adams, MA

Adams Visitor Ctr:
http://www.town.adams.ma.us/Public_D...bDocs/visitors

Trail Info:
http://www.town.adams.ma.us/Public_D...A_Visitor/bike
http://www.traillink.com/trail/ashuw...ail-trail.aspx
http://www.berkshirebikepath.com/page5.html
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr...ail-trail.html
http://www.railstotrails.us/ma_ashuw...rail_trail.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashuwillticook_Rail_Trail
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractio...achusetts.html


info about other trails here:
http://www.traillink.com/city/willia...ma-trails.aspx

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Old 07-25-13, 10:59 AM   #2
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That is a nice trail although it can get busy on the weekends. Flat (like most rail trails), nice views and there are some places to grab food and drink. If you feel ambitious you could do the Mt Greylock road. Very popular with hard core cyclist's, kinda the holly grail around here. Even if you are not up to the climb, drive up in the car as the views are spectacular. OR.... have someone drive you up and then do the blast down on you bike
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That is a nice trail although it can get busy on the weekends. Flat (like most rail trails), nice views and there are some places to grab food and drink. If you feel ambitious you could do the Mt Greylock road. Very popular with hard core cyclist's, kinda the holly grail around here. Even if you are not up to the climb, drive up in the car as the views are spectacular. OR.... have someone drive you up and then do the blast down on you bike
drive up sounds good, and the ride down sounds good too, I like the way you think!
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I rode that trail once with my wife on a Sunday a few years ago. We started on the south end and rode north to Adams. I remember the trail being slightly uphill as you headed north to south, so starting in Adams will give you an easier return trip. Adams was a ghost town that Sunday afternoon, not sure if that's typical. People also fished the lake on the south end and would drop the pumpkin seeds (fish) on the side of the trail to rot, so it stunk on that section of trail.
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UPDATE:

Adams is indeed a quiet town, north Adams and Williamstown however are the happening places to be with restaurants, shops, colleges and museums. Had a great 3 hr visit to MASS MOCA. If you are interested in visual arts, it is a must visit every few years.

I highly recommend the Berkshire Hills Motel. We recommend the front balcony rooms even if they don't have a king bed or bathtub. They have a very nice breakfast room and side porch. Stay 2 nites so that you can enjoy the pool, we only stayed 1 nite and so we couldn't go back to the motel after our ride on Saturday for a cocktail and soak in the pool then a nap in the shade. That would have been a great plan. We hit the museum Friday afternoon, then dinner, then Sat. hit the trail and drove home. Caution: the western parts of Route 2 are not divided and quite winding and dangerous, use caution, or if you don't like that kind of driving take the Mass Pike.

Wifey was quite proud of racking up 22+ miles on her new/used bike but now wants cycling shorts. Even I wished I had worn mine. It was a perfect summer day, the trail is very well maintained with an EXCEPTIONAL visitor's center with parking in Adams. CJ's a quiet pub at the Adams end of the trail, right on the trail, in an old RR Station type bldg.

The trail was not overly busy and there are restrooms at the southern end. The trail is mostly shady so even on a hot summer day you will enjoy a shady ride. With the museum visit and much needed overnite getaway, the railtrail addition rounded out the trip quite nicely.

Oh, and I did see a sign for an organized ride up Mt Greylock, I think 9/14/13. Good luck with that! Some info here:
http://www.nohobikeclub.org/nccwp/

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Old 08-24-13, 06:57 PM   #6
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There are several trails that wind through Amherst, Northampton and Easthampton. Further north in Franklin County there are many safer country roads - you can take route 47 from Hadley in Hampshire County into Sunderland in Franklin County and head up 116 into Deerfield into old historic Deerfield while traveling the country roads through some very nice farming communities. Lots of places to stay and eat - Northampton is a Foodies dream town - not too shabby for music either
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I'm glad you had a good time on my local rail trail. :-) I read an article that Berkshire County/MA wants to extend the rail trail to VT. I think my going west towards Williamstown from No Adams and then towards Pownal VT.. And I know the folks have been talking about a north south bike trail from VT to CT but that is kind of locked up in legal routes..

There is a good ice cream stop in Cheshire, by the AT crossing called Diane's Cones which sells hersheys hard and soft ice cream...

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That trail is one of the nicer MUPs in all of Massachusetts. Start in Adams, you're usually going into the wind. The grades are typical of old rail beds---long and gentle. Trains are the worst climbers under the sun.
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