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Parks and nature in Hampshire County

Top parks

Park
“Expansive park with multiple playgrounds, small petting zoo, athletic fields. Mini train rides, peddle boats, mini golf, spray park and snack bar open in season. Small entry fee per vehicle. Fee for most activities. Playgrounds, zoo and spray park no additional charge.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“Mt. Tom is noted for its biological diversity, high cliffs, and rugged scenery. This state park offers 22 miles of hiking trails for all experience levels, cross-country skiing, bird watching, fishing, ice skating, picnic areas, look-out towers, a playground, remains of two old summit ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Mountain
“Walk the low easy path, the steep front face path, up the road, or just drive up! Climb the tower at the top to get iconic views of the Connecticut River, UMass, and the Whole Valley!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Campground
“DAR's 15 miles of trails include hikes for all experience levels. Try the Highland Lake Trail or make your way up to the DAR Fire Tower. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Park
“Fabulous conservatory and grounds. The Frederick Law Olmsted arboretum is fabulous. All trees are labeled. Truly a wonderful walk about the campus. Before or after dining at Bistro Le Gras.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Indoor Play Area
“This is an amazing indoor urban hydroponic park with children’s play areas and food for kids and adults, including adult beverages.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Trail
“Summit hike with 360-degree vista just ten minutes away. You can summit Bare Mtn (west side of Rt 116) in <45 min or take a longer hike up the higher Mt. Norwottuck (east side).”
  • 4 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Hike or drive up the mountain for a beautiful view of the whole valley and great picnic area.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“ Very busy, especially o weekends. We have a town pond that is also good for swimming. ”
  • 4 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“Summit hike with 360-degree vista just ten minutes away. You can summit Bare Mtn (west side of Rt 116) in <45 min or take a longer hike up the higher Mt. Norwottuck (east side).”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“wonderful nature trails along a small lake (or large pond). Good for XC ski and snow shoe too.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Walk by the beautiful brook with several bridges and short or long walking trails. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lake
“This is a beautiful area to walk/run. The full loop around the reservoir is about 5 miles, but there is also a cut-across for a shortened (about 2 mile) distance.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bridge
“This rail trail is a favorite of many. It is an 11-mile combination bicycle/pedestrian paved right-of-way on top of a former rail bed running from Northampton, through Hadley and Amherst, to Belchertown, on top of a former railbed. A connection with the Manhan Rail Trail enables users to continue on through Easthampton and Southampton. The trail winds through some incredible scenery, crosses the Connecticut River as well as Northampton’s Main Street on beautiful redone railroad bridges, and tunnels under Route 9 for safety. The trail intersects with the Northampton Bikeway and can be accessed at the end of State Street, near Stop & Shop (take a right when getting onto the bikeway and follow it across King Street to the Norwottuck trail).”
  • 3 locals recommend