202 Corridor - Trail, Amherst, Massachusetts

202 Corridor - Trail, Amherst, Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION

This vast north-south trail network runs from at least Belchertown to at least Wendell. 202 Corridor is the primary trail but there are an endless number of old fire roads, snowmobile trails, and hiking trails (such as M&M Trail and Robert Frost) that either cross it or come very close. Good variety of terrain.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 05, 2003]
Rider X
Cross Country Rider

I recently road the M&M trail from the Leverett Coop south all the way up and over Mt. Orient, I crossed 2 roads and ended up in the northern part of Amethyst Brook. I saw no one else for the whole ride. Honestly, this was a much harder ride than I anticipated with a few sizeable climbs over rough, rocky, and do to the ridiculous amount of rain over the last year, deeply-rutted terrain (not so bad down, but very hard ascents).But, I enjoyed immensely. A few times I bailed on the main trail andand rode up the rocky powerlines that parallel the M&M all the way to Amethyst brook. This is hard core cross country riding (nothing even close to freeriding, just a lot of lonely grinding and descending). This area really let's you stretch out the miles. Also, near the same area, one should check out the Robert Frost trail into leverett/montague and over Dry Hill...just a great singletrack secret on the hampshire/franklin county border. I'm sure the trails I've just listed are part of what Ethan refers to as the 202 Corridor, but they seem to fit the bill. ride and Ride

Customer Service

Follow the road behing the Leverett Coop until it almost ends by the Powerlines. Look for the White Dots and follow them through the woods south (Brushy Mountain) and cross Shutesbury Rd if you have enough gas left for Mt. Orient.

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Mt. Toby, Greefield Ridge, Deerfield Ridge, Robert Frost/Dry Hill, Hawley, Catamount.

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4
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5
[Nov 10, 2001]
Ethan

I posted the 202 Corridor Trail mostly to point out the enormous range of mountain biking opportunities in Amherst. There are some very fun & technical trails nearby (see other Amherst trails), and 202 Corridor would definitely fall into the category of beginner-intermediate. But if you are into exploring and want to ride for a long time without doing loops and riding pavement, Amherst is the place. Without exaggeration I think there are over 400 miles of trails within 20 miles of Amherst (as the crow flies), mostly to the south, east, and north. 202 Corridor links many of these trails, fire roads, and powerlines.

Customer Service

A great (& long) ride is to follow 202 Corridor from Mt. Lincon (Cadwell Forest) to Rattlesnake Gutter, picking up the M&M trail toward the end of the ride, fueling up at the Leverett CoOp (natural food store, very cool), and continuing on the M&M trail to Wendell State Forest. (50+ miles). Once you are on 202 Corridor it is easy to follow because of the orange trail signs (this is a popular snowmobiling trail in the winter), but there is always the temptation to take one of the side trails, powerlines, etc. and then you'll need to be familiar enough with the area to make it home.

Similar Products Used:

Amherst is the mountain biking mecca of the Northeast. While here check out Amethyst Brook, Batchelor Street, Lithia Springs, White Dot Trail (M&M), Mt. Toby.....

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4
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[Oct 23, 2002]
Ethan

I posted the first and only review on this vast trail network about a year ago. Well, I've spent another year pedaling the countryside and wanted to give an update...consider this: I rode over 20 miles from Amethyst Brook to North New Salem (by way of Lake Wyola) and only crossed 2 paved roads and 3 dirt roads the entire distance. And there were so many trails tempting me along the way...there is not enough time in a year to enjoy all of the trails that this area has to offer. Try these routes: Puffers Pond to Leverett Elementary School and on up to Rattlesnake Gutter (cross 3 paved roads); Mt. Lincoln to the shores of Lake Wyola (cross 3 paved roads) , Amethyst Brook to Wendell State Forest (cross 2 paved roads). All these routes are 2-3 hour rides. You could piece together a 6 hour ride and never see another soul in the woods (except me). Someday I'll hitch my GPS Unit to my back and map these trails out for everyone, but for now I can only suggest that you have fun and explore for yourself. If you find Jonathan Glazers homestead, the porcupine dens in North Leverett, Brushy Mountain (and remember what the sign says), and The School Bus, then you'll be on the right track and off the beaten path.

Customer Service

Go explore...

Similar Products Used:

You can always follow the crowds to Batchelor Street...

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4
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[Apr 07, 2003]
BlowRider

First of all, the previous reviews hardly mentioned belchertown, I believe they focused on Amherst and points North.

Second of all, you can always count on some numbnut to start lecturing you on "the Rules"...Goody for you snowrider, you obey the rules, here's a gold star and a pepsi. If the private land owners have a gripe with the local bikers (actually, one solitary biker) let them straighten it out, don't pass out your sour grapes because biking raises fewer local eyebrows than snowbiling. Sheesh, what a dope!

In spite of what some persnickety, whiney snowbilers might think, much of the vast tracts of lands along 202 from Erving State forest to Amherst are indeed public lands, some of it watershed, some generally ungoverned public woods, some part of various little used park systems (and yes, little travelled private land). All in all, it's quite an adventurous, if somewhat lonely strech of double, wide-singletrack trails. Worth checking out...watch out for snowbilers, though, they might tell the teacher on you if you don't follow the rules, you might not get a shiny gold star on your book bag.

Customer Service

Anywhere from Wendell state forest to Southern Belchertown...

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Check out the Berkshires, (Yokun Ridge, October Mountain, and Pittsfield State Forest...they're only an hour away and full of rugged, hilly, wild single track and ledge riding double track!

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4
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