Manhan Rail Trail

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Manhan Rail Trail
Manhan Rail Trail, Easthampton MA.jpg
Manhan Rail Trail, Easthampton, MA
Length 6 mi (10 km)
Location Hampshire County
Trailheads Northampton
Easthampton
Use Walking, running, bicycling, roller blading, and cross country skiing
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy
Season year-round
Hazards deer ticks, poison ivy, road crossings
Surface Paved surface
Right of way former railroad line
Website manhanrailtrail.org/

The Manhan Rail Trail is a rails-to-trails paved recreational trail and non-motorized commuter route located in the lower Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts in the town of Easthampton. The 6 mi (9.7 km) long trail, completed in 2003, is part of a larger rails-to-trails project that would extend from New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts. The trail, named after the Manhan River which it parallels, utilizes the bed of the former Pioneer Valley Railroad, which served the industrial towns of the lower Pioneer Valley from the mid-19th century until 1992. It begins at the Northampton/Easthampton line near the confluence of the Manhan and Connecticut Rivers and ends near the Southampton line. There are plans to extend the route south and north into the neighboring communities.

The Manhan Rail Trail, universally accessible, is open to walking, running, bicycling, inline skating and, in the winter, cross country skiing. The trail also provides a non-motorized commuter transportation route linking Easthampton, Northampton, and Southampton, Massachusetts. The trail is part of the Commonwealth Connections greenway initiative which links it to the adjacent trails of the Mount Tom Range and the Arcadia Audubon Sanctuary.

The Manhan Rail Trail has served the surrounding community for the past five years as the location for Derrill's Race.

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Coordinates: 42°16′01″N 72°40′14″W / 42.2670°N 72.6705°W / 42.2670; -72.6705