The Northampton section of the New Haven and Northampton Canal Rail Trail started as a waterway that the town used to move freight. Now, this filled-in passageway serves as an interurban path that connects Easthampton and the MassCentral Rail Trail. Join other hikers and bikers on the level asphalt surface to walk through town, to get to work, or to get exercise with your canine pal. This avenue also provides easy access to area destinations.
Starting from King Street in Northampton, you and your fur baby will head south toward Northampton Station. From here, the pathway curves in a southeasterly direction and passes by Smith College. There's a wooden bridge across Mill River on the southern end of campus. Watch out for the horse barns that are part of Fox Meadow Farm. You'll continue past some industrial and salvage areas before going through a section of woods. In Easthampton, the road skirts along Lower Mill Pond and Millside Park, then it crosses commercial and residential parts of town before it's terminus at Coleman Road.
Many walkers, rollerbladers, and bikers make use of this trail, so expect company when you come here. City ordinances require you secure Fido on a lead and collect their droppings. Remember to practice good trail etiquette by moving to the right side of the trail when others want to pass. Bring water with you for your outing.
Treat yourself and your pooch to a pupful stroll or run through a variety of settings by visiting the New Haven and Northampton Canal Rail Trail. You'll be able to get some fresh air as you pass through urban and suburban areas. Enjoy some peace in densely wooded sections, or hop off the path in town to do some window shopping. Watch for wildlife as you pass by ponds, walk through wildlife preserve areas, and cross over streams. This pawriffic road has something for everyone.