The Arcadia Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd., Easthampton (tel. 413/584-3009; www.massaudubon.org), is a preserve operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society with 5 miles of trails. Bordering the Connecticut River, the sanctuary contains marshes and woods, and offers evening canoe rides in summer. Located 3 miles southwest of Northampton on Route 10, the center is open daily. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children ages 3 to 12.
Look Memorial Park, 300 N. Main St., Florence (tel. 413/584-5457; www.lookpark.org), is just northwest of Northampton off Route 9. The park has woods, a lake, pedal boats for rent, miniature golf, tennis courts, and picnic grounds. There are frequent special events for children and families. Admission is $4 weekends from April to October, $2 from November to March.
The Norwottuck Rail Trail (tel. 413/586-8706, ext. 12; www.hadleyonline.com/railtrail) follows the former Boston and Maine rail bed for 10 miles through Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst, more or less parallel to Route 9. In the midsection it passes through open farmland. Rentals are available from Valley Bicycles, 8 Railroad St., Hadley (tel. 413/584-4466).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.