The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and MassHighway are pleased to announce plans for rehabilitation of the oldest sections of the 11-mile Norwottuck Rail Trail, which extends from Northampton through Amherst, MA. Funding for the design comes from a state and federal partnership among DCR, MassHighway, and the Federal Highway Administration. Funding for the planned $4 million construction phase will come from federal and state funds set aside by Congressman John Olver in a federal transportation bill and by MassHighway. The design phase is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2009.The scope of work for upgrades and safety improvements includes:
Norwottuck Rail Trail
Damon Rd., Northampton
The Norwottock Rail Trail is an 8.5 mile path linking Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst along the former Boston & Main Railroad right-of-way. The path's level terrain provides safe passage for pedestrians, wheelchairs, joggers, skaters, bicyclists, and cross-country skier of all ages and abilities. Motorized vehicles and horses are prohibited. Both ends of the path offer free parking for trail users – Elwell State Park on Damon Road in Northampton and Station Road in South Amherst. Public restrooms are available at the parking area at Elwell Recreation Area.