Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts
Originally the famous Mohawk Trail served as a Native American trade route uniting the Atlantic tribes with those of Upstate New York. The approximately100-mile trail extends along the Millers River, Deerfield River, and across the Hoosac Range - from Orange, Massachusetts to Williamstown, Massachusetts, and through the stunning Berkshire mountains.
These days the Mohawk Trail forms part of the scenic highway Massachusetts Route 2 and the New York State Thruway. It is known as a fun highway for all ages, all year long, with 63 miles of beautiful scenery and 50,000 acres of forests and state parks.
Things to Do in Mohawk Trail Massachusetts
While traveling along the Mohawk Trail you'll find beauty, culture and adventure.
In the western part of the trail, you'll find the 6,400-acre Mohawk Trail State Forest. This site is wonderful for camping. Watch out, though, for the odd bobcat or black bear!
If possible, take in a Mohawk Trail concert - a casual gathering of amazing artists from all over. And check out the theaters in Williamstown or Turners Falls. Street fairs, craft shows, country and gift stores, and Indian Pow-Wows (celebrations of Native American culture involving traditional dances and songs) all contribute to the charm, allure and beauty of the Mohawk Trail.
Other cultural attractions include the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, and the MASS MoCA and Western Gateway Heritage State Park in North Adams. The exhibits there explore the fascinating history of the railroad and North Adams industrial history.
In the winter, go to the Berkshire Hills for great downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, camping (on comfortable campgrounds with all necessary facilities), and more!
And, of course, in the summer, the various towns and communities along the trail feature great spots for canoeing, white-water rafting, kayaking, rafting, fishing, boating, and more! Try various levels of whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River - it's fun for the whole family!
If you're there between May and October, you must go to Mount Greylock to take in the view of the valley. Greylock is the highest mountain in Massachusetts.
Sights to See in Mowhawk Trail, Massachusetts
Be sure to visit the beautiful Bridge of Flowers, which straddles the Deerfield River. Downstream from the Bridge of Flowers, you'll find Salmon Falls, which is known for having the greatest concentration of glacial potholes in the United States. South of Greenfield, moreover, you'll find Old Deerfield, which is full of old Native American and Revolutionary monuments.
New England's only Natural Bridge is located in North Adams. It's worth a trip just to see the unusual geological phenomena.
Finally, be sure to visit the "Bloody Pit": the Hoosac Railroad Tunnel that was built in the 19th century killing 200 people in the process - hence the nickname. This tunnel is said to be haunted by those who lost their lives there.