Adopt a Trail

We all love our rail trails and mulituse trails. Northampton's Adopt-a-Trail program embraces the interest and support of private citizens, groups and businesses in assisting the City DPW crews in maintaining Northampton’s rail trails and multiuse trails.

Trail adopters agree to one of four categories:
1. Routing Maintenance (MOST COMMON): Litter cleanup, cutting brush behind guard rails, removing sticks along trail, removing sod growing onto the trail; or
2. Mowing Trail (ONLY FOR THOSE WITH PROPER EQUIPMENT): Grass mowing along shoulders and removal of weeds; or
3. Special Projects: Removal of brush growing in retaining wall below Smith College garage, removal of brush growing in Beaver Brook Bridge, maintenance of trap rock gravel in Leeds, repair of fences and railing, repair of wayfinding signs, maintenance of drainage channels; or retaining walls or bridges, replacement of trap; or
4. Financial sponsorship to fund such work (financial donations are tax deductible to the amount allowed by law). (Adopter = $300 to $499, Gold = $500 to $1,499, Platinum = $1,500 and above.)

We expect that most adopters will be at the Adopter level, but we want to also honor extra ordinary work with a Gold and Platinum level. Adopters will all be given credit in the table below.

Come join our growing list of volunteers providing labor and sponsors providing financial support.

WhereWho WhatLevel 
Entire trail on west side of railroad tracksNorthampton DPWCapital repairs, most mowing (except as noted below), ALL brush hoggingPlatinum
Entire trail on west side of railroad tracksNorthampton PlanningTrail expansions and grantsPlatinum
Easthampton line to Route 10AVAILABLECut brush behind guard rails
Route 10 to Earle/Grove StreetsTom RiddellCut brush behind guard railsTrail adopter
Earle/Grove Streets to Vet's Field access roadSmith CollegeMowing segmentPlatinum adopter
Vet's Field retaining wallPlanning interns
Clear small drainage ditch
Vet's Field to Pleasant Street-Downtown NorthamptonClimate Action Group of the Unitarian SocietyCollect litterTrail adopter
Vet's Field to Pleasant Street-DowntownHelp Yourself (Felix Lufkin)Mowing thin strip of grass along trail (but brushhogging still DPW)Trail adopter
Pleasant Street to Main Street- Downtown NorthamptonCollaborative for Education ServicesCollect litterTrail adopter
Vet's Field to Main Street-Downtown NorthamptonNorthampton ParkingSnow removal and mowingTrail adopter
Main Street to King Street-Downtown NorthamptonNorthampton DPWSnow removal some mowingTrail adopter
Main Street to King StreetAdam Cohen & Jendi ReiterMaterials and improvements to the trail (especially drainage)Gold sponsor
Main Street to St. Elizabeth/Bank of America ramp, including Registry of Deeds rampA to Z Science and Learning StoreRemove litter, cut brush behind guard rails, mow edge of trailPlatinum adopter
St. Elizabeth/Bank of America ramp to King StreetPedal People & Duane Ranney
Collect litter and cut brush
Trail adopter
King Street to Jackson Street, including spur to Barrett Street MarshCarol Varsano
Collect litter and cut brushTrail adopter
Jackson Street ramp to Hatfield RoadJohn McGrathCollect litterTrail adopter
Hatfield Road to ChestnutEsther RalstonCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Chestnut to BardwellSuzanne LoveCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Bardwell to Look ParkGuyTours-Florence & Stan the Fixit Man
Collect litter on trail and adjacent city land (old borrow pit site)Trail adopter
Within Look ParkLook ParkMow, maintain areaTrail adopter
Look Park N. Main exit to Arch StreetSuzanne StarlingCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Arch Street to Mulberry StreetLeeds Elementary SchoolCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Mulberry Street to Grove AveLeeds Elementary School; Miles ChilsonCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Mulberry Street to Grove Ave rampAVAILABLERake trap rock gravel and
clean drainage channels

Grove Ave ramp to Williamsburg town lineAVAILABLECollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Williamsburg town line to N. Main
(Joint Northampton/ Williamsburg)
AVAILABLECut brush on trail and
clear drainage channels

Hospital Hill Spur (Route 66 to Musante Drive)Betsy Nicoletti and Jeff GoodCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Ice Pond Drive to Rocky Hill CohousingAVAILABLECut brush on trail and/or
mow edge of trail

Entire trailVCA, Inc.Supplies for cleanup along the entire trailTrail sponsor
Entire trailDavid PaineVolunteer coordinatorTrail adopter
Entire trailFriends of Northampton Trails and GreenwaysOrganize annual cleanupsTrail adopter


We do require that our non-licensed volunteers sign a volunteer release before doing any work.

To sign up or for questions, email Wayne Feiden.