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.

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.

Reviews

So-so for walkers, great for bikers

   July, 2014 by garykarr

This is a great trail for the average or even novice biker. Flat, well-paved and wide enough to ride with the children. You don't have to be working on prep for the Tour de France. We were walkers, so it wasn't quite enjoyable on a nice summer day, mostly ...read more

Great Trail!

   May, 2014 by cara.bogacz

Easy ride and beautiful views. Plenty of parking accessible at/through the Shaker Farms Country Club parking lot in Westfield. My kids loved it! read more

Easy ride

   September, 2013 by melsandy

We did this trail last weekend. Nice easy ride. The trail has not been extended past Westfield. The sides of the trail are well groomed like all of Ma. Trails, you can tell when you have reached the Farmington Canal Trail, different appearance. We will ...read more