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The region's terrain is tremendously varied, and it tends to be hilly, but the Berkshires are relatively uncongested and extremely popular for biking, affording cycling enthusiasts of all abilities miles of great riding. The Ashuwillticook (pronounced Ash-oo-will-ti-cook) Rail Trail runs from the Pittsfield-Cheshire town line north up through Adams. Partly paved, it traces the old rail line and passes through rugged woodland and alongside Cheshire Lake. This is also a great venue for strolling, jogging, in-line skating, and cross-country skiing. The Berkshires Visitors Bureau distributes a free Berkshire Bike Touring Route, which is a series of relatively short excursions along area roads.
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. Passing through the Hoosic River Valley, walkers and cyclists enjoy the paved 11-mile Ashuwillticook Rail Trail. MA. 413/442-8928. www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/western/asrt.htm.
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