Anyone who has taken Rt. 2 from North Adams to Greenfield knows that the Mohawk Trail is the most beautiful drive in Massachusetts. It’s also an awesome bike ride, but the 30-40 mph descent from the Eastern Summit to Charlemont requires staying in the road, and is best done done early on Sunday mornings to avoid traffic. This ride also climbs the Mohawk Trail but then descends to the Deerfield River and heads north into the Green Mountains of Vermont.
Our scenic ride begins from the Public Library in Williamstown MA and continues with a steady climb on Rt. 2 heading east from North Adams, with outstanding scenery as your round the hairpin turn and at the Western Summit. After a couple of miles, turn left on Whitcomb Summit Road for a very steep descent that ends after a couple of miles at River Road along the Deerfield River. Turn left and ride past the former Rowe Nuclear Power point. You’ll see kayakers all along this section of the river. At the railroad crossing stop to check out the Hoosac Tunnel . When the road ends in Readsboro Vermont, turn left on Rt. 100 and continue following the river for several miles until the highway merges with Rt. 8 south . You’ll soon have a long slight descent all the way back to Clarksburg MA. Another scenic highlight as you enter North Adams is Natural Bridge State Park
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