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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail(Berkshires)

Amidst a busy holiday weekend, I found enough time to get out for a couple of nice walks along two sections of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire, Massachusetts today.  There are many different access areas to the trail, but I got started along Farnums Road in Cheshire, which just happens to be my favorite part of the entire trail.
The Rail Trail is one of the true gems of the Berkshires, providing a fantastic view of the Cheshire Reservoir.  Such a tranquil walk.
There were many folks out enjoying the water today.
 A small pond skirts the east side of the trail.
 A shaded section of the trail on a bright sunny day.
 A view to the north by Mallard Cove.
 A bit further along, I spotted these two kayakers soaking up the sun.
 Almost a picture perfect Sunday afternoon.
 After returning to the car, I headed just a bit further north along the rail trail to a quieter section off of Railroad Street in Cheshire.  This part of the trail closely follows the meandering Hoosic River.
 The famous Cheshire Cobbles along the Appalachian Trail can be seen high above to the east.
 The Hoosic River flows north out of the Reservoir for over 76 miles until meeting the Hudson River in New York.  This is a very peaceful part of the river flowing through farm country.
Walked about 3.5 miles total on a fabulous holiday weekend.

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