Southwick Rail Trail

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The Southwick Rail Trail is now complete from the Massachusetts–Connecticut state line, where it continues south as the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail. On the north end, the trail extends to the Westfield town line and connects to the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail.

The Southwick Rail Trail travels through swamps and farmland, passing several golf courses along the way. At the Connecticut state line you can see the remains of the New Haven to Northampton Canal, from which the rail-trail got its name. The trail offers numerous kiosks and resting places.

Parking and Trail Access

There is good parking at Congamond Road and plans to improve parking in the future.

Take Mass Pike to Exit 3/Westfield; take SR 202 South into Southwick and turn left onto Depot Street. Turn right on Sheep Pasture Road and follow it for about 1.3 miles. On the right is a private lot used for bike path access.

Alternatively, to reach the most southerly parking area for bike path access, go through the second light on SR 202 and follow for it for 3 miles; you'll be heading south until the third traffic light; turn left on Congamond Road and follow it for 2.5 miles. Look for Miller Road on the right, where you turn right; parking is on the right.

Also, following SR 57 West from Springfield, MA, will bring you into Southwick; at the first traffic light take a left then follow directions above from second traffic light.


Where are the water fountains?

   October, 2016 by lreopel

Other than there not being any way to refill my water bottle or get water without taking my own, the trail is a calming and beautiful place that is great for any age. I have noticed that there are a handful of water fountains that are not usable (no more

Great job

   October, 2015 by SPanny

Rode this trail on a nice weekend day in September 2015. The trail is immaculate, extremely well maintained, and connects at the north end with the Columbia Greenway and at the south end with the Farmington trail. We have ridden from Iron Horse Boulevard more


   August, 2014 by carriethegreat

Great ride! But the porta-potty at the Southwick parking lot is DISGUSTING and almost overflowing. Nasty. Absolutely nasty. read more