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The Mahican-Mohawk Trail

In 1992 Williams College students determined that a 100-mile long, east-west trail connecting the Hudson and Connecticut rivers via the Hoosic and Deerfield Rivers, was feasible – in fact most of the Deerfield section already existed, although grown over.  Guided by HooRWA and the Deerfield River Watershed Association since, the trail now extends from Deerfield west to Route 2 across from Rock Manor Mobile Home Park in North Adams.  This route re-creates Indian trails from prior to European settlement.  Most recently the Massachusetts Division of Greenways and Trails, the Student Conservation Assocation and the Manice Center have been instrumental in running an off-road section from Mohawk Trail State Forest to Savoy State Forest, connecting with the Berkshire Natural Resource Council’s Hoosac Range Trail.  Although some gaps have opened on the eastern end, the next westward step will by the Mohawk Bike Path between Williamstown and North Adams.

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