Description - The Connecticut River Greenway, is one of Massachusetts' newest State Parks. It connects open spaces, parks, scenic vistas, and archaeological and historic sites along the length of the Connecticut River as it passes through the state. There are over 12 miles of permanently protected shoreline, and numerous access points to the river (listed below). Like jewels along a necklace, several larger properties such as Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation, Norwottuck Rail Trail and the Great Falls Discovery Center (located in Turner's Falls) provide added visitor amenities.
- Some popular destinations of The Connecticut River Greenway are French King Gorge, Erving and Gill.
The French King Gorge is an ecological, scenic and agricultural gem. The gorge was formed thousands of years ago by glacial melt waters. Looking out from the Route 2 bridge that connects Gill to Erving, you will experience one of the most distinctive views in Massachusetts. Directions: to admire the views from the bridge take Rte. I-91 to exit 27 (Greenfield). Follow Rte. 2 to the Gill/Erving property divide. There is some parking on both sides of the road at the bridge.
Mt. Toby State Forest, Sunderland
At more than 1,200 feet in height, Mt. Toby looms over the middle Connecticut River Valley offering outstanding panoramic views to those who will make the trek on a moderate hiking trail of about 6 miles. There are shorter hiking trials as well. Related geologically to Mt. Sugarloaf, Mt. Toby features cliffs, caves, waterfalls, wetlands and open fields. Directions: from Rte. 47 in North Sunderland, turn right on Reservation Rd. Parking is located approximately a half mile east on Reservation Rd.
Recreation - Recreation opportunities in Connecticut River Greenway include; boating, canoeing, fishing and picnicking.
Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.
Connecticut River Greenway is located along the Connecticut River throughout the state. There are many access points along the river.