The Southwick Rail Trail is now complete from the MassachusettsConnecticut state line, where it continues south as the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
. On the north end the trail extends to the Westfield town line.
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.
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.
Changed over my mountain bike off-road tires to rail-trail tires. This makes riding a lot easier. Today's date is 9 September 2012. Biked to Simsbury Airport and back to Southwick. Outstanding trail! An adult with kids professionally painted the street ...
My first time on an established trail, I rode from Rt 20 in Granby up to Westfield. The Southwick Trail section was very nice. I plan on going back after I hit a couple others in the area. O.
1st time exploring this trail and loved it! Traveling w/ kids I always hope for breaks w/ snacks and drinks. The trail head has a great sandwich, bakery, and ice cream place and shortly into Simsbury there is pizza and a little market w/ signs on the ...