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Planted: June 14, 2006
Last Updated: August 01, 2023
Length: Riverside Greenway; 1 mile
Greenfield Community College Spur; 1.1 miles
Difficulty: Riverside Greenway; Easy. Paved, flat trail.
Greenfield Community College Spur; Easy. BIKE LANE & paved trail.
To start from the Greenfield Recreation Area; Take exit 43 off of I-91to Route 2 west (Mohawk Trail). After traveling underneath I-91, take your first right onto Colrain Rd. Take this road for 1.5 miles passing Greenfield Community College along the left and just after passing by Harpers Store on your left, take a right down Nashs Mill Rd. Greenfield Recreation Area will be on the left.
Note; during the summer months a fee is required to enter the park, however, if you continue past the park, just after crossing the bike trail, an open field is available for parking.
The Riverside Greenway is a multi-use trail that travels alongside the Green River in Greenfield. You can also connect to the Greenfield Community College Spur. To the east, across the Connecticut River, is another bikeway running from Turners Falls, over the Connecticut River and into Deerfield. SEE; Canalside Rail Trail
Starting from the Greenfield Recreation Area [Northern End]; The Riverside Greenway starts across Nashs Mill Rd and crosses over the Green River via a green iron bridge. The trail then turns right and travels between I-91, up to your left and the Green River below to your right. You then pass below the highway, next to the river, with a stone embankment on your left and a wood fence on your right. When the stone embankment ends, head left off the trail up a grassy path. Take 12 paces (2 steps = 1 pace) along this path to an intersection. Right is a dirt trail up a hill. Continue straight, parallel with the highway, another 3 paces. Spot 3 small rocks to your right along the tree line. Behind these rocks is a medium sized tree with an Ironwood tree (very smooth, gray bark that looks like muscles; also called Musclewood) growing out of the back of it. Here you'll find a pile of rocks. Please DO NOT remove the top rock. Simply remove the small middle rock next to a sapling, reach inside and remove the Riverside Greenway Letterbox. Continuing along the trail, 0.7 miles brings you through a meadow. If you look up on the hill, you can see Greenfield County Prison. The trail then ends at Riverside Drive after 1 mile.
Note; You may extend your trip by heading right on-road down Riverside Drive (sidewalk available) to Colrain St.
Greenfield Community College Spur; [Continuing Mileage] Head right along Colrain St (BIKE LANE & narrow paved trail available) crossing over I-91. You'll pick up a wide, paved trail along your left after 1.5 miles. This trail will take you alongside College Drive to Greenfield Community College at 2.1 miles.
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