Map of bike paths / walking paths in the Northhampton and Amherst area


Recreational trails for walking, running and cycling in Northampton & Amherst, Massachusetts

Northampton & Amherst, Massachusetts map area

Northampton & Amherst, Massachusetts

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Emily Dickenson Trail

Look Park Trails

Manhan Rail Trail

MCRT - Northhampton Bikeway

MCRT - Norwottuck Branch

Smith College Trail


Regional Trails

Northampton and Amherst are located in Western Massachusetts. The cities are situated along the Connecticut River and are north of the Mt. Holyoke Range. This area is home to University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst College, Smith College, Mt. Holyoke College and Hampshire College. Other communities in the area include Easthampton, Hadley, Hatfield, South Hadley and Granby.

There is a network of recreational trails that connect the communities in this part of Massachusetts. Two of these recreational trails are part of the Mass Central Rail Trail, MCRT, and there are plans to connect these trails with other recreational trails within the state.

MCRT - Norwottuck Branch

The Norwottocuck Branch of the Mass Central Rail Trail is an 11-mile long paved pathway that spans between Northampton and Amherst then continues on as far as Warren Wright Road. The trail uses old railroad bridges for crossing the Connecticut River, goes past farmland, residential areas and a number of local parks. The trail connects to a paved pathway alongside N. University Drive to reach the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

The Norwottock Branch allows a connection to the Northampton Bikeway and the Manhan Rail Trail from the western end of the trail.

MCRT - Northampton Bikeway

The Northampton Bikeway is a 5.4-mile long paved pathway that is part of the Mass Central Rail Trail. The route extends from the east side to the north side of Northampton. The trail starts near King Street in the heart of Northampton and goes past several parks and schools as it heads to the north.

Manhan Rail Trail

The Manhan Rail Trail consists of 9.3-miles of paved pathways forming three branches that connect Northampton with Easthampton. The trails go past residential areas, schools and parks. The north end of the north branch allows a connection to the Northampton Bikeway and the Norwottuck Branch.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the recreational trails located in Northampton & Amherst, Massachusetts.

Individual Maps for Recreational Trails in Massachusetts

Here is a list of links to the individual maps for specific recreational trails in the State of Massachusetts.