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Although short, the Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail provides an enjoyable journey through peaceful woodlands on Wilmington's west end. As you might guess, the rail-trail gets its name from the former railroad line—the Hoosac, Tunnel, and Wilmington Railroad—which ran here until the early 1900s. The railroad's initials, HT&W, gave rise to the "Hoot, Toot and Whistle" nickname.
The unpaved trail starts just off West Main Street at the Reardon's Crossing footbridge. From there, it follows the North Branch of the Deerfield River and then the shoreline of Harriman Reservoir, where it ends at a boat launch and swimming area. Picnic benches along the way also provide opportunities to stop and take in your surroundings.
If you want a longer excursion, it's easy to connect to the Valley Trail on the north side of Main Street.
Parking is available at the Reardon's Crossing trailhead on West Main Street.
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