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Explore the best rated trails in Athol, MA. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Common Pathway and Appel Way Trail. With more than 71 trails covering 593 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Excellent ride- one of the best trails!

November, 2022 by billmeredith58

We rode the Ashuwillticook Trail on 11/07/22 from the Pittsfield trailhead to Adams and back. The ride is excellent, with plenty of scenic highlights along the entire route, smooth paved surface and many places to stop and enjoy. The towns along the route looked inviting enough to divert us, but we had time constraints so we stayed on the route. The head winds on the way back were a challenge..
This is one of the best trails we have been on, not to be missed.
PS Recommend enjoying a long weekend and stayed at a B+B in Lenox...

Note: the restrooms along the route were all closed. I can understand given the time of year but it seemed somewhat premature given the warm weather we had been experiencing.

Canalside Rail Trail

Bonus! Bonus!

November, 2022 by egauger

Nice trail, what it lacks in length it makes up for in bonuses. 1. Brick and Feather Brewery along the path with outdoor seating. 2. Discovery Center Museum near trailhead in Turner’s Falls, free, cool animal displays and lots of interesting information in this little gem.

Fort Hill Recreational Rail Trail

I agree with previous reviews

November, 2022 by slasalle76

After riding the Ashuelot Rail Trail in the summer and seeing this from the parking lot on Rt 63, I came back on an unusually warm November weekend to give it a try. I fully concur - this could be a gem of a trail if a bit more work could put in, but still a nice enough ride. I was on my hybrid, and am beginning to wish for a Fat Tire or maybe at least a shock absorbing front fork for these jouncy pot-holey trails. Pity that the trestle is falling to ruin, and in the slight rain I was caught in, I didn't chance it with slippery sneakers. Frankly, it's a tragedy waiting to happen, and with as many rotted rails as there are, I was surprised to see 3 bikers walking gingerly across. Kudos to the snowmobile clubs who watch over this trail, as you could see where chainsaw work had been done to keep it open.

Accordion

Nashua River Rail Trail

Caution needed with leaves on the ground - hard to see the shoulder/gully on the side.

November, 2022 by ccoakle

My friend and I, both experienced riders, had a nice time on this trails today until we didn't With leaves on the ground, the shoulders on both sides of the trail are obscured. The paved trail is likely 3-4 inches higher than the shoulder. A few times heading north, we rode behind each other and to the right to create space of people coming towards us. We were several yards shy of parking lot at Gilson St when my friend moved right to make space. Obscured by piled up leaves, she could not appreciate where the the pavement ended and the shoulder dropped off. She corrected back onto the path, but not before her tires slipped on the leaves, and she suddenly lost control of the bike. She fell to the ground. I was behind her. Given the way she fell across the path, I couldn't avoid her, Two of us were now on the ground, bikes, too. I am grateful to the folks who stopped to help and show concern for our well-being. I am so very grateful to the gentleman, Tom, who took me back to my car in Ayer so I could come back and pick up my friend and our bikes, delaying his own cycling.. Thanks to the man who helped my put my friend's bike in my car. My friend is undergoing a medical evaluation to determine the extent of her injuries to her back, flank, and hip. Thankfully she was wearing a helmet when she struck the back of her head on the pavement.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Beautiful Trail

October, 2022 by lexonyskiddiecollege

We decided to go when the leaves were just starting to change color and fall. What a great time to go. So many awesome photos we were able to take. The trail is such a relaxing place to enjoy the outdoors. We were only able to do the first section from Crane Ave to the Berkshire Mall entrance. Took us about an hour to leisurely walk that distance before it started to get dark and we had to turn back around. I’m hoping they will decide to put some kind of lighting through out the trail. Otherwise, it’s nice and clean, pet friendly and plenty of spots to rest and take the scenery in and get a few photos. I feel like we will enjoy this trail more now that the crane Ave part is completed.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Beautiful Trail

October, 2022 by lexonyskiddiecollege

We decided to go when the leaves were just starting to change color and fall. What a great time to go. So many awesome photos we were able to take. The trail is such a relaxing place to enjoy the outdoors. We were only able to do the first section from Crane Ave to the Berkshire Mall entrance. Took us about an hour to leisurely walk that distance before it started to get dark and we had to turn back around. I’m hoping they will decide to put some kind of lighting through out the trail. Otherwise, it’s nice and clean, pet friendly and plenty of spots to rest and take the scenery in and get a few photos. I feel like we will enjoy this trail more now that the crane Ave part is completed.

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

Great day!

October, 2022 by dianesirvydas

Beautiful historic bike trail…well maintained…perfect fall day activity! Will do again!

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Gorgeous fall color ride

October, 2022 by enlowe12

I started at the trail head at Crane ave in Pittsfield and rode the 13+ miles to Adams and back. It is possibly the best trail I have ridden. Paved, well maintained, no roots causing bumps in the pavement. Within 1/4 mile of the start I was out of the industrial area and into wetlands and beautiful scenery. The trail goes along three reservoirs in the 13 miles. There are plenty of places to park and jump on the trail, and also rest rooms along the length. Definitely recommend this trail.

Monadnock Recreational Rail Trail

Very nice & flat trail. Well kept and pretty scenery...'specially in the fall.

October, 2022 by kentherrien_tl

Very nice & flat trail. Well kept and pretty scenery...'specially in the fall.

Common Pathway

Mostly Bike

October, 2022 by mbdsvn6q9d

Too urban to be considered a hike or bike; winds along community roads along river. Not a hike.

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Very nice

October, 2022 by dcsnyder

Rode Plainville CT to CT/MA border. Northern section. I like that you go through many towns on the lower half then out in the country from Simsbury north. Beautiful scenery. Paved the whole way, some sections with roots coming through.

Narrow-Gauge Rail-Trail

quiet trails with a few road crossings

October, 2022 by jamesss36

Overall not heavy usage on a Saturday afternoon in September. Parking is easy. Southern sections have a few road crossings at the end. The northern section is not as well maintained.

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