The Canalside Bike Trail is a beloved community resource and strong point of civic pride. The paved trail begins adjacent to Unity Park and hugs the shoreline along Barton Cove before ducking under the Turners Falls-Gill Bridge and continuing along the power canal southwest toward Greenfield. The Canalside Bike Trail ends at McClelland Farm Road in Deerfield. Yankee Magazine named it the "Best Urban Bike Path in New England" in 2010.
Other places to bike and hike in the area...
WENDELL STATE FOREST, 392 Wendell Rd, Millers Falls, 413-659 3797
Located south of the Millers River, Wendell State Forest covers 7,566 acres of rolling forested hills, streams, ponds, and trails. Purchased in the 1920s the area had been heavily burned during the early 1900s. Some of the park development and most of the road systems are attributed to Civilian Conservation Corps activities in the 1930s.
Ruggles Pond is the main day-use area. This 10 acre pond offers crystal clear water for swimming and fishing. Picnic sites and a ball field with a pavilion are located nearby. There is a small boat launching ramp located at the Northern end of Wickett Pond. The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail traverses the forest boundaries and offers a small Adirondack shelter for trail users.
ERVING STATE FOREST: Rte. 2, Erving, Massachusetts. 978-544-7745
This forest provides a wide variety of recreational pursuits including, boating, swimming and fishing at Laurel Lake with its beautiful, brick-lined lakeshore, camping, picnicking, hunting, horseback riding and winter sports. The woodlands are interlaced by 8 miles of forest roads, and numerous trails lead to points of scenic interest.
...And Information for Climbers!