Trail News

October 19, 2016
The trails north of Pulpit Hill Road around Puffer’s Pond have been reopened following the harvest.   

For more information, please contact the Town’s Land Manager, Brad Bordewieck, at  


New: Trail & Conservat

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The Department is also in the process of establishing a Literary Trail System by naming some 2 dozen trails in the system for authors and poets with past or present Amherst-area connections. 

Houston-Gage Trail

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The Houston-Gage Trail on the 252-acre Houston and Gage complex off Sand Hill Road in Shutesbury, a 1.7-mile loop above Dean Brook beginning on Sand Hill Road 2.0 miles uphill from the intersection with Pratt Corner Road.

Walt Whitman Trail

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The Walt Whitman Trail, a 1-mile path from Flat Hills Road east across the King’s Reserve Conservation Area to the Robert Frost Trail south of Atkins Reservoir.


The KC Trail has reopened!!! After years of being flooded out by the beavers we have reopened the section of the KC Trail between Potwine Lane and Pomeroy Lane. Many thanks to the Amherst Trails volunteers for their help with this project. Lets hope the beavers stay away from this trail for a long time.

The Department is also working to improve the Kevin Flood Trail along Cushman Brook upstream of Puffer’s Pond and the Larch Hill Trail at the Hitchcock Center for better accessibility for wheelchairs and for people with visual impairments. Other universally accessible trails are in the planning stage.