So now that we know how to find the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail bike path in Westfield, MA, and The Jog in Southwick, MA, what can we expect to find there? Lots of goodies for those wanting a quiet, leisurely ride through the countryside, with plenty of rest stops and food.
The current start of the Columbia Greenway Rail Trail is at Shaker Farms Country Club on Shaker Road. Parking for the bike path is through the Country Club lot. The Club is open to the public, and has a nice clubhouse with a grill serving food and beverages. A stop in here would be a nice thank you to them for working to get the rail trail in place.
The other place on the trail for food is in Southwick, just across from the trail parking lot on Congamond Road, at Red Robin Hood’s Barn. The restaurant has lots of bike parking. We had a very nice lunch there, and it came with air conditioning!
Along the way there are many shaded benches, and a water fountain at the first road crossing, just south of the parking lot at Shaker Farms Country Club.
The riding is through quiet farmland and past many little creek sightings. The trail designers did a marvelous job of making the path a pleasure to ride.
For more context on where these trails fit into the entire Western Massachusetts and New Haven & Northampton Canal Rail Trails scheme, read my page on Northampton & Western Mass Area Biking Resources.
If you go, let me know what you thought of the trail.