Adopt a Trail

Stantec volunteers cleaning up the bike path

We all love our rail trails and multi-use trails. Come join our Adopt-a-Trail volunteers for:
1. Routing Maintenance (MOST COMMON): Litter cleanup, cutting brush adjacent to granite benches and removing sod growing onto the trail; or
2. Special Projects (ONLY FOR THOSE WITH PROPER EQUIPMENT): Removal of weeds, brush growing on the retaining wall below Smith College garage, or growing on Beaver Brook Bridge; maintenance of trap rock gravel in Leeds, repair of fences, railings, wayfinding signs, or drainage channels.
3. 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.)

WhereWho WhatLevel 
Entire trail on west side of railroad tracksNorthampton DPWCapital repairs, mowing, brush hoggingPlatinum
Entire trail on west side of railroad tracksNorthampton PlanningTrail expansions and grantsPlatinum
Easthampton line to Route 10AVAILABLECollect litter
Route 10 to Earle/Grove StreetsAVAILABLECollect litterTrail adopter
Earle/Grove Streets to Vet's Field access roadSmith CollegeMowing segmentPlatinum
Vet's Field to Pleasant Street-Downtown NorthamptonClimate Action Group of the Unitarian SocietyCollect litterTrail 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 ReiterMaterialsGold
Main St/Registry to Goggins Real EstateJack and Priscilla FinnRemove litter, mow edge of trailPlatinum
Goggins Real Estate to King StreetDuane 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 Straw AvenueEsther RalstonCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Straw Avenue to ChestnutAndrew Munson and Marc PatilloCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Chestnut to BardwellSuzanne LoveCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Bardwell to Look ParkStan 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 AveMiles ChilsonCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Mulberry Street to Grove Ave rampAVAILABLERake trap rock gravel and
clean drainage channels

Grove Ave ramp to S. Main St., WilliamsburgHaydenville Congregational Church & Williamsburg Mill River Greenway CommitteeCollect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Hospital Hill Spur (Route 66 to Musante Drive)Betsy Nicoletti Collect litter/cut brushTrail adopter
Ice Pond Drive to Rocky Hill CohousingAVAILABLECut brush/mow edge of trail
Entire trailVCA, Inc.Supplies for cleanup along the entire trailTrail sponsor
Entire trailFriends of Northampton TrailsOrganize 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 Tom Annese, Planning & Sustainability.