Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Built on an old rail line running from Pittsfield to North Adams Railroad, this historic trail starts in Pittsfield and passes through Lanesborough and Cheshire and finally ends in Adams, MA. On the way, the Ashuwilliticook Rail Trail runs along the picturesque Hoosac River Valley for more than 14 miles. There are plans to extend this trail all the way to North Adams in the future.
Walking • Running • Biking •X-C Skiing
The trail features scenic views of lakes, ponds, rivers, mountains (in particular Mount Greylock), as well as wildlife. Flat and paved, the trail has a gentle grade and is perfect for easy walking, jogging, sightseeing. Picnic tables can be found at spots along the trail. The trail is also wheelchair accessible and dog friendly!
In addition to walking, the Ashuwillticook trail also allows for tons of outdoor activities such as biking, roller blading, skating, and even cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Fishing enthusiasts can also go fishing at Farnum’s Causeway across Cheshire Lake. There’s fun to be had for the whole family!
With its rivers, lakes, and ponds including those in the Cheshire Reservoir and Berkshire Pond, the Trail features many forms of wildlife such as ducks, geese, kingfishers, hawks, eagles, frogs, turtles, muskrats and maybe even beavers! Whether you’re a bird watching or firefly catching expert or simply enjoy seeing wildlife, the Ashuwillticook Trail has something for the whole family to enjoy.
On the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, you are traveling through the ancestral homeland of the Muhheconneok (Mohican) Nation.
The Muhheconneok tended and honored the entire Berkshire landscape for thousands of years before the arrival of European colonizers. Following tremendous hardship after being forced from their homeland, they continue as a sovereign tribal nation they call the Stockbridge-Munsee Community in Wisconsin, where they now reside and keep their Council Fire. They still retain an active interest in, and fondness for their homeland.
The Native people of the Northeast have the belief that good circles back, which the Abenaki call “wliwni” (oo-lee-oo-nee). Please join us in respectfully acknowledging and thanking the Muhheconneok and all the Indigenous Peoples by saying to them “oneewe” [on-nee-wah], the Muhheconneok word for thank-you.