Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

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Ashuwillticook Rail TrailAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_0_0
LengthAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_1_0 12.2 miles (19.6 km)Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_1_1
LocationAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_2_0 Berkshire County, MassachusettsAshuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_2_1
EstablishedAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_3_0 2001 (2001)Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_3_1
DesignationAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_4_0 Massachusetts state parkAshuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_4_1
TrailheadsAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_5_0 Adams ()

Lanesborough ()Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_5_1

UseAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_6_0 Hiking, bikingAshuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_6_1
Hiking detailsAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_7_0
Trail difficultyAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_8_0 EasyAshuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_8_1
SightsAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_9_0 Berkshire Pond, Cheshire Reservoir, Hoosic River, Mount GreylockAshuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_9_1
SurfaceAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_10_0 PavedAshuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_10_1
Maintained byAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_11_0 Department of Conservation and RecreationAshuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_11_1
WebsiteAshuwillticook Rail Trail_header_cell_0_12_0 AdamsLanesboroughLocation of trailheads in MassachusettsAshuwillticook Rail Trail_cell_0_12_1

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot-wide (3.0 m) paved, universally accessible, scenic rail trail path. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_0

The Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) Rail Trail runs parallel to Route 8 through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams, Massachusetts and is used for biking, walking, roller-blading, and jogging. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_1

The trail is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_2

Its first two phases opened in 2001 and 2004, with a 1.2-mile northerly extension opening in May 2017. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_3

The southern end of the trail begins at the entrance to the Berkshire Mall, off of Route 8 in Lanesborough, and travels 12.2 miles (19.6 km) north to the center of Adams. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_4

The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail passes through the Hoosac River Valley, between Mount Greylock and the Hoosac Mountains. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_5

Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosic River, and associated wetland communities flank much of the trail. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_6

The word Ashuwillticook (ash-oo-will-ti-cook) is from the American Indian name for the south branch of the Hoosic River and literally means “at the in-between pleasant river,” or in common tongue, “the pleasant river in between the hills.” Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_7

History of the rail corridor Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_section_0

Built during the industrial boom of the 1800s, the railway proved to be a vital commercial link from the Atlantic Seaboard to communities which would have otherwise been isolated in the Berkshire Hills. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_8

In 1845, the Pittsfield and North Adams Railroad developed this corridor with the goal of extending the Housatonic Railroad north to Rutland, Vermont. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_9

While the track was under construction, the company was acquired by the Western Railroad, which later became part of the Boston and Albany Railroad (B&A), as their North Adams Branch. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_10

Mineral traffic developed on the line and a number of limestone operations went into business. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_11

The New York Central Railroad took over the B&A in 1900, and upgraded the line, which was sold to the Boston and Maine Corporation in 1981. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_12

As a connection to an existing track in North Adams, Boston and Maine ran the line with declining success until they abandoned rail service in 1990. Ashuwillticook Rail Trail_sentence_13

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Rail Trail.