Whether you live for that spectacular view at the end of an energetic hike, the rush of a zip line canopy tour, a wildlife sighting from a quiet riverbank, or a genial round of golf with friends, the natural features of our Upper Pioneer Valley region invites all-comers at all levels of physical demand.
If your tastes run to a vigorous round of golf, there are three top-notch courses in a five-mile radius, including the 18-hole Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston and the historic 9-hole Northfield Golf Club. Or switch gears; trading in those hiking or golf shoes, and enjoy cycling the east and west branches of the Franklin County Bikeway covering 240 miles!
The Gateway Towns of the Northern Pioneer Valley offer a wealth of state forests, conservation land, hiking, X-C ski and snowshoe trails and bike paths in season. In the warmer months, our unique access to the Connecticut River creates the opportunity for a variety of water-based recreational activities, such as kayaking, canoeing and motor-boating.
A list and map of hikes in the Northfield area can be found at here.
Canoe and kayak rentals are available on the Connecticut River at Barton Cove in Gill, and for the more adventurous, there are several white water rafting companies along the Mohawk Trail on the Deerfield River.
Learn about the Connecticut River’s natural history during a narrated cruise on Northfield Mountain’s Quinnetuckut II Riverboat, or relax on the bank enjoying a picnic lunch from a local deli. In summer, cool off with a swim at Laurel Lake in Erving State Forest for that old-fashioned swimming hole experience. In winter, cross-country ski at the Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center and experience over 25 miles of groomed nearby trails. If the weather is uncooperative, explore the indoor botanical garden at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield.
We often hear from visitors that our rich history is “on the surface.” Its unique architecture, unavailable in other parts of the country, is particularly and dramatically displayed in Historic Deerfield and on Northfield’s Main Street. The heritage of our first inhabitants is memorialized at special places like King Philip’s Hill, a short hike to the legendary sachem’s camp overlooking the Connecticut River. Just beyond Northfield’s border within New Hampshire, six covered bridges between Winchester and Swanzey beckon history buffs and photographers. So whether you slip on your boat shoes or skis, the Upper Pioneer Valley is the right fit any time, any season. Enjoy!
87 Parmenter Road, Bernardston Mass 01337
Tel: (413) 648-9101, (800) 943-1901 www.golfthefox.com
Rated “#1 Public Access Course in Massachusetts” and “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by Golfweek magazine. One of the most enjoyable and challenging golf experiences in New England, featuring Zeke’s Grill 11am–9pm and ‘Stay & Play’ packages.
Open: Mid–April to mid–November.
Greenfield Garden Cinemas
361 Main Street, Greenfield Mass 01301
Tel: (413) 773-9260 www.gardencinemas.net
The historic Garden Theater, located on Main Street in Greenfield for almost 90 years, showing 1st run movies every day.
Open: 365 days a year.
80 Old Main Street, Deerfield Mass 01342
Tel: (413) 775-7214 www.historicdeerfield.org
Spend a day in old New England. Visit Historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th century New England village in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. Tour beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings. See Yankee ingenuity at work in demonstrations of colonial-era trades. And explore our world-famous collection of early American crafts, ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalwork. It’s a celebration of New England heritage.
Open: Daily, mid–April through December.
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens
281 Greenfield Road/Rts. 5 & 10, South Deerfield Mass 01373
Tel: (413) 665-2805 www.MagicWings.com firstname.lastname@example.org
8,000 square foot conservatory with indoor gardens and over 4,000 butterflies from around the world. Visit our gift shop, Monarch’s Restaurant, and outdoor gardens. A unique venue for special events!
Open: Daily, year-round, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Summer, 9am–6pm and Fall/Winter/Spring, 9am–5pm.
Museum of Our Industrial Heritage
2 Mead Street, Greenfield Mass 01301
Tel: (413) 336-8275 www.industrialhistory.org email@example.com
At our site along the Green River, explore three centuries of Franklin County’s industrial heritage — a story of people, families and technology with innovation at its heart. Open: In the summer, Saturdays 1pm–4pm, June 25–September 17. Tours at other times by appointment; call the museum phone number in advance.
981 Northfield Road/Route 63, Hinsdale New Hampshire 03451
Tel: (603) 239-4054 www.northfielddrivein.com
Join us for good old-fashioned family fun at one of the last remaining drive-in movies in New England. Snack bar and children’s play area. Call or visit our website for listings and directions.
Open: May to Labor Day, Fri, Sat and Sun. Show starts at dusk.
Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center
99 Millers Falls Road/Route 63, Northfield Mass 01360
Tel: (800) 859-2960
A pumped storage hydroelectric facility, Northfield Mountain is a four-season recreation facility located on a 7-mile stretch of the Connecticut River on both sides of Route 63. Cross country skiing, hiking and mountain biking on 26 miles of trails; interpretive riverboat cruises and charters, public and school environmental and recreation programs, plus a public picnic area, rentable pavilion, and camping for boaters.
Northfield Golf Club
31 Holton Street, Northfield MA 01360
Tel: (413) 498-2432 www.northfielddrivein.com
Well manicured, historic 9 hole course surrounded by scenic views and hiking trails. The club house offers a relaxing gathering place for golfers and the public, great local draft brews, a beautiful new patio, and fun events throughout the season. The Inn Pool is open seasonally to the public with a snack shack and grill. A great location for your next event! Join us and experience this hidden gem.
Open: Seasonally; consult our website for hours of operation.