The Connecticut River Greenway is an multi-use initiative to create: 1. Northampton Parks and Recreation Department's Connecticut River Greenway Riverfront Park for human powered boats. 2. The Connecticut River Greenway conservation area with open space and agriculture along the river and its floodplains. 3. An eventual multiuse trail connecting from the state MassCentral Rail Trail to Hatfield.
Come visit the nature trail from the Connecticut River Greenway parking lot, past a vernal pool, to the water's edge. It provides beautify frontage along the Connecticut River and a diversity of flora, fauna, and ecology. The site is home to beautify songbirds, Northern Cardinal, Goldfinch, American Robin, Crows, Morning Dove, and Woodpeckers. Butterfly bushes invite butterflies Common Sootywing and Clouded Sulfur to land. A clearing provides a great view of the river and the Honeypot. Mushrooms, moss and lichen add to the diversity of flora. The Massachusetts Natural Heritage Atlas identifies the area as Priority Habitat of Rare Species and Estimated Habitat of rare wildlife. The prime soil, Sudbury fine sandy loam, supports eastern white pine, red maple, pitch pine, wild cherry, white oak, scarlet oak, and red cedar.