OverviewHiking trails can be fragile. Regulations are intended to prolong the life of these trails while allowing a variety of appropriate uses.
Trail Limitations and UsageWhile motorized vehicles are prohibited from all trails, the following trails or sections of trails are off limits to horses and mountain bikes because of seasonally wet conditions or fragile soils:
| Norman Cousins - Kestrel Trust (Access trail
from Leverett Road)
|Larch Hill & Larch Hill North|
|Upper & Lower Mill River||Hop Brook & Wentworth Farm|
|Podick & Katharine Cole||Brickyard - Northern link to Norwottuck Rail Trail|
Mt. Castor Upper Fort River
|Gralenski Farm, Houston & Gage Parcels - Shutesbury|
|Lower Fort River|| Robert Frost Trail - Lawrence Swamp Section, Amherst
Woods Section, Echo Hill Section, Mill River Section, &
Eastman Brook Section
|Plum Brook - North, Central & South|| KC Trail - Amherst Woods Section, Mt. Castor Section, &
Shays Street to Middle Street Section
|Cider Mill Pond & King's Reserve|
The following trails or section of trails are open to horses and mountain bikes with the precaution that during wet conditions horses and mountain bikes stay off until trails are dry again:
| Atkins Flats - Well No.4 Road and woods road
to Warren Wright Road
|Mt. Holyoke Range||Pulpit Hill|
|Amethyst Brook|| Robert Frost Trail - Holyoke Range Section, Harkness Brook
Section, Amethyst Brook to Pratt Corner Road Section, Mt.
Toby Section, & Montague Wildlife Corridor Section
|Plum Springs|| KC Trail - Plum Springs Section and Mt. Holyoke Range
|Brickyard - Southern link to Norwottuck Rail Trail|
The following areas have no formal trails but are generally dry enough for horse or mountain bike use:
The following areas have no formal trails and are not appropriate for horse or mountain bike use because of wet conditions or other reasons:
|Hawley Swamp||Gulliver Meadow|
|Longley Swamp||Rolling Ridge|
|Salem||Cherry Lane (Robert K. Patterson Area)|
|Bayberry||High Point Drive (Cider Mill Pond)|
|Hart Farm||Applewood (Markert's Pond)|
Additional Trail NotesIf you encounter a horse and rider on a trail, announce yourself by simply saying “hello” to the rider. This will ensure that the horse is aware of your presence. Do not pat a horse without first asking the rider’s permission.
We encourage trail users to call the Conservation Department at 259-3045 to report any trail maintenance needs they may encounter.