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Nestled in the heart of the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, Easthampton’s Manhan Rail Trail offers unique recreational opportunities to people of all ages and interests.

Alert! Posted March 18, 2016 –  Due to active construction for the Pleasant Street Mills project through July 2016, the Manhan Rail Trail between Union and Ferry Streets will remain closed, opening only when city staff and contractors believe the area is safe to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. 

While we recognize that closure of this segment is an inconvenience to many trail users, please know that the trail is closed for your safety. We ask you to please respect the posted signage and barriers. Thank you for your understanding while we continue to enhance this area of our city.  Here is a link to a map showing a recommended detour: mills project detour map

For details, visit our News page on this website.  We will be updating frequently. 

 

Here are some quick facts:

Trail length

The Manhan Rail Trail has a total length of 6 miles within the City of Easthampton. The trail continues for several miles into Northampton where it connects with a system of trails in that city.

Autumn 2015

Autumn 2015, photo courtesy Rosemary LaPorte

Trail surface

The entire length of the Manhan Rail Trail is paved.

Difficulty/Grade

Easy—the trail is mostly flat with a few dips and a very gradual incline from Route 5 towards the center of Easthampton.

Handicapped Accessibility

The trail meets accessibility standards (less than 5% grade)

Parking

Parking is available at the Easthampton Public Safety Building at 32 Payson Ave., at Millside Park off of Ferry Street, at the Northeast Center for Youth and Families (203 East Street), and at a small lot at the Route 5 end of the trail. Additionally, there is ample free public parking near the trail in the center of Easthampton.

Trail Head Locations

The northeast spur ends at Route 5 near the Oxbow; to the south, the trail currently ends at Coleman Road, Southampton and to the north, the trail connects with the Manhan Rail Trail in Northampton at the Easthampton City line near Lovefield Street.

Restrooms

Restrooms are available year round at the Easthampton Public Safety Complex, 32 Payson Avenue and seasonally at Millside Park along the trail just off Ferry Street.

Permitted Uses

The Manhan Rail Trail is a multi–use trail. No unauthorized motorized vehicles (including snow or recreational vehicles) are allowed on the trail.  Equipment used as mobility aids (such as motorized wheelchairs) are permitted.

Mile Marker System

The trail has a small green and white marker on a post or fence every mile.

Special Event Permits

If you or your organization wishes to hold an event on the trail, please contact Easthampton City Clerk, Barbara LaBombard, at 529-1460.