The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a multiuse trail running north - south in
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From a 19th century freight yard to the site of an 18th century soldier fort, the Ashuwillticook River Trail wends its' way through the back woods history and natural beauty of five Berkshire County communities. Built during the industrial boom of the 1800's, the railway proved to be a vital commercial link from the Atlantic Seaboard to communities which would have otherwise been isolated in the
Why the Trail?
Abandoned railway corridors across the country are making excellent recreational rails for walkers, hikers, bikers and skiers. Twentieth century economics have forced changes in transportation modes, and Rails-to-Trails works to preserve these abandoned right-of-ways for future transportation uses and convert them into trails for public use. Conversion of the
The modern spelling more or less corrupted from the Native American language, scholars say "Ashuwillticook" (pronounced Ash-oo-WILL-ti-cook) has a very descriptive, albeit very fitting, meaning. Literally, Ashuwillticook means "at the in-between pleasant river" or in common tongue: "the pleasant river in between the hills." No longer referred to using its original name, the