It’s no secret that Northampton has a long and rich history as a hub for the LGBT community. For decades, Northampton has been one of the most progressive places in the country, where the LGBT community can visit and live in comfort. We host several popular bbw camgirl at our town which you can meet while in our town too.
Similarly, the western Mass city is well known for an impressive array of academic and artistic offerings. From its monthly Arts Night Out to the Smith College Botanic Garden, there’s no shortage of things to do or sights to see in Noho.
It isn’t all about arts and academia all the time in the heart of Hampshire County, however.
Recently, National Geographic featured Northampton in their state-by-state guide to adventure towns, highlighting some of the best ways to get active and have fun near the city.
Looking to get the adrenaline flowing on your next trip to Northampton? Read on for a look at three awesome adventure spots.
Hiking Mount Tom
Noted in National Geographic for its year-round fun, Mount Tom State Reservation is especially great in summer and fall. With over 20 miles of trails, the 2,161-acre expanse makes for a fantastic day trip.
Beyond hiking, you can picnic, fish on Lake Bray, or bird watch. A map of the reservation is available here. Daily parking is $5 for a MA vehicle and $6 for out-of-state plates.
Don’t let the cost be a deterrent, though; the view of the Connecticut Valley alone is worth the small fee!
Speaking of the Connecticut Valley, the Connecticut River and its tributaries offer several adventure options for the summer.
National Geographic highlights both the Deerfield and Connecticut River as great spots for water excursions. If you’re interested in whitewater rafting or casual tubing, the Deerfield River is a prime spot from April to October. For discounts, trip options, and more, visit Zoar Outdoor.
If boats are more your speed, try kayaking or canoeing on the Connecticut River. An access point is available at Elwell Recreation Area on Damon Road at Route 9 and I-91.
Norwottuck Rail Trail
Although this last spot wasn’t included on National Geographic’s list, we’d be remiss to not mention it. The Norwottuck Rail Trail, originally a railroad connecting the City of Boston with the City of Northampton, is now a path connecting the latter with Hadley and Amherst.
The trail offers 11 miles of level terrain, making it wheelchair accessible and a great spot, regardless of your mode of transportation. In the summer, walking, jogging, skating, and biking are all options, while cross-country skiing is popular in the winter months.
Public restrooms and parking are available at the Elwell Recreation Area.
These three pursuits, while certainly entertaining, represent only a handful of what’s available to do around Northampton.
If you’re looking for overnight spots, Greens Treat Suites is a great gay-owned lodging and the Hotel Northampton is another welcoming location. For a fun night out in town, Diva’s Nightclub is the place to go.
And if your summer travels will take you closer to the Berkshires, Ramblewild Adventure Park is another great spot to visit.