Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
|Ashuwillticook Rail Trail|
|Length||12.2 miles (19.6 km)|
|Location||Berkshire County, Massachusetts|
|Designation||Massachusetts state park|
|Sights||Berkshire Pond, Cheshire Reservoir, Hoosic River, Mount Greylock|
|Maintained by||Department of Conservation and Recreation|
|Website||AdamsLanesboroughLocation of trailheads in Massachusetts|
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.
The trail is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).
Its first two phases opened in 2001 and 2004, with a 1.2-mile northerly extension opening in May 2017.
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.
Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosic River, and associated wetland communities flank much of the trail.
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.”
History of the rail corridor
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.
Mineral traffic developed on the line and a number of limestone operations went into business.
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.
Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashuwillticook Rail Trail.