Rail Trail - Outdoor Activities in the Berkshires

Looking for a way to stay fit and enjoy the scenic Berkshires without having to climb a mountain? Then I know you’ll enjoy the Ashuwillticook Rail trail. Approximately a fifteen minute drive north from our quaint Inn, you’ll find a newly renovated, smoothly paved biking trail that runs from Lanesboro to North Adams creating a perfect 22 mile stretch of warm Lake Fronts to cooling canopies overhead, of motivation. Now just because it’s a bike trail doesn’t mean that one must be accompanied by a ten speed. Actually there are all varieties of physical equipment to be spotted on the trail. I personally try and rollerblade at least five miles every other day. As long as there is no motor and you are moving at your own sweat and strength it’s allowed.

Great news for dog lovers! The rail trail is canine friendly! Pack up the pooch and set off. Sit back and relax on one of the many conveniently placed picnic tables/ benches while ol’ yeller chases geese or any other of the returning critters that have made the lakeside their home.

Ashuwill—What? I know, what a mouthful! Fun fact, the Rail Trail has been so accurately named since the word Ashuwillticook comes from an old Native American word for the south Branch of the Hoosic Valley River, meaning in today’s terms, “the pleasant river in between two hills”. Which as you see in the picture below there are some glorious views of the nearby Greylock Mountain and The Hoosac Range.

Whether it’s just you, or the whole family, I’m sure everyone will be able to find something to keep them occupied. Push the stroller, walk the dog, run your heart out, race your brother/sister to the end or lay out and soak up some sun while Dad goes fishing. Rent Kayaks marvel at the sights while you tone you arms. You’ll be surprised when you look down at your watch and see that it’s time for dinner already! No matter what you decide to do at the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail have fun! Come back to the Yankee Inn for a great suggestion for dinner and then hit the hay! So what are you waiting for?

Check out the website for further information! http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/asrt.htm