• The Deerfield River is tributary to the Connecticut River, depicted here in Thomas Cole's famous 1836 painting

  • The Deerfield River in its floodplain eroding through the red sandstone that makes up Mount Sugarloaf.

  • Swimming hole on the Deerfield (photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Rafters enjoying a summer day on the river (Photo: Art Schwenger)

  • Sunset during December over the Deerfield Valley (photo: A Schwenger)

  • Autumn along the Deerfield RIver

Hikes and Bikes

Below are listed current hikes and bikes curated by DRWA or its partners.  In addition, there are some great hiking resources for the area listed here: http://www.mohawktrail.com/hiking.html

 

Saturday, May 23 at 10:30 – Muriel Russell will lead one of her popular hikes in the Catamount Hills of Colrain. Weather permitting this woodland walk will pass a vernal pool with hatching frogs, salamanders and toads, a larger pond and a running brook.  The wild flowers should be abundant.  Hikers should bring unscented bug repellant, lunch, water and an extra pair of socks.  To reach the start of the hike, take Adamsville Road from Route 112 in Griswoldville a mile and a half to Lively Road  on the left (before the cemetery) Take Lively road then a quick left onto East Catamount Road  (steep and dirt) to the end where there is parking.  Please register with Muriel, at 413.624.3311

 

Sunday, June 7 – we will study the Chickley River to see the damage done by Hurricane Irene , what was done after the storm and how the land around the river can be managed to better control future damage.   Meet at the Park and Ride lot on Route 2 in East Charlemont at 2:00. This is the first parking lot on the left after crossing the Deerfield River from Shelburne Falls.  We will car pool from there to the river site.   This hike is free and open to the public.   Registration is helpful: notify Polly Bartlett at 413.625.6628

 

Saturday, June 13, 10:30 am – LAMPREYS! The Deerfield River’s most prolific and unsung anadromous hero (picture below). Like salmon, lampreys migrate inland from the ocean against the current (ana-dromo) to spawn in freshwater rivers. These ancient fish are native to the watershed and play an important ecological role. We will walk and canoe to observe these amazing creatures building their nests and sculpting the stream bed. Contact Brian Yellen to register: 914.980.8831

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Sunday, June 14 (Flag Day) – Walk to the monument where the first American Flag was raised in front of a school house.  This hike is sponsored jointly with the Catamount Hill Association.  To join the hike, meet at 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 112 and Charlemont Road in Shattuckville.  Hikers will car pool to the trail head then amble up to the Monument to raise the flag at 1:00 p.m.  Hikers will pass foundations of some of the families who were at the first flag raising in May 1812. Many unique foundations will be explored. After the flag raising hikers will walk to the South end of MacLeod pond and down the trail past  the Holden barn and back to the cars.  Please bring unscented bug repellant, lunch,  and water.  If you prefer to walk in on your own, be careful and meet the others at 1:00 at the monument for the flag raising. Contact Muriel Russell at 413.624.3311 for more details.

 

Saturday July 18 – A surprise hike in the Catamount Hill led my Muriel Russell.  There will be more details later but not what the surprise is.  Contact Muriel Russel: 413.624.3311 .