Adams is... Outdoor Recreation!
If you love the outdoors, then let Adams, Massachusetts be your HQ! We offer opportunities to get outside and enjoy dozens of activities, or just take a casual stroll in some of the loveliest scenery the Berkshires have to offer.
Here are some of the activities you can find in Adams, or within a short drive of town:
Apple picking • Astronomy • Backcountry Skiing • Backpacking • Baseball • Basketball • Bicycling • Birdwatching • Camping • Canoeing • Climbing • Cross-county skiing • Dog walking • Fishing • Fitness walking • Football • Gardening • Golf • Hang gliding • Hiking • Hockey • Hunting • Ice fishing • Ice skating • Jogging • Kayaking • Marathons • Mountain biking • Nature walks • Orienteering • Picnicking • Photography • Running • Skiing • Soccer • Snowmobiling • Snowboarding • Snowshoeing • Softball • Telemark skiing • Tennis • Walking
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot wide paved, universally accessible, passive recreation path. The Ashuwillticook runs For more than 11 miles between Adams and Lanesborough. The trail is popular with walkers, runners and bicyclers. Parking lots and restrooms are available at selected locations along the way.
The rail trail passes through the Hoosic River Valley, between the Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountain Ranges. Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosic River, and associated wetlands flank much of the trail offering outstanding views of the scenery and abundant wildlife. The name Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) derives from the Native American word for the south branch of the Hoosic River and literally means "at the in-between pleasant river," or in common tongue, "the pleasant river in between the hills." The name was adopted for the trail as a way to reconnect people to local history and the natural environment.
Thunderbolt Ski Run
In 1933, due to the increasing popularity of alpine skiing in the United States an idea was conceived. That idea was to create a world-class ski trail on the precipitous east slope of Mt. Greylock. During the fall and winter of 1934-1935, the Thunderbolt trail was cleared on Mt. Greylock’s precipitous eastern slope at the hands of the 107th company of the Civilian Conservation Corps.
With a vertical drop of 2,050 feet, a racing length of 1.6 miles and a grade of as much as 35 degrees the trail quickly acquired the title of "The Thunderbolt." The United States Eastern Amateur Ski Association crowned the Thunderbolt as an Expert-Class A ski trail. It was this trail that would go on to be the location of championship races from 1935 until 1959, attracting world-class skiers such as Olympian Dick Durrance and Ski Hall-of-Famer Toni Matt.
After the advent of ski areas following World War 2, the trail fell into disrepair. That all changed in 2008 when the Thunderbolt Ski Runners, a group of backcountry ski and snowboard enthusiasts, took it on themselves to restore the historic ski run and revive the race. When conditions permit, they conduct the Thunderbolt Ski Run annually. The race is open to skiers of all styles, snowboarders and of course, spectators. Outside of the race day, the trail is open to skiers and snowboarders in season.
Over the past 50 years the annual Greylock Ramble has become one of the Berkshires' most popular family activities. Held every Columbus Day, thousands of people and lots of leashed pets enjoy an invigorating trek to the top Mount Greylock. At 3,491 feet, Greylock is the tallest mountain in southern New England. But don't despair, the Cheshire Harbor trail is the gentlest path to the summit.
Starting at 8 a.m., shuttles take hikers to the trail head. Most people take about two hours to get to the top. Pack your lunch, or buy one at the Bascom Lodge. The Greylock Ramble is organized by the Adams Events Committee.