Fall brings splendorous color and a myriad of activities to all of New England. In Massachusetts you’ll find trips and outings that everyone can enjoy.
Follow the Mohawk Trail — The Mohawk Trail (Route 2), located in the northern Berkshire Mountains, travels 37 miles from Greenfield in the east to North Adams at the western end. There are many points of interest as motorists pass through charming New England towns and countryside,. Stopping points include Rocky Mountain Park for hiking, biking, and birdwatching, the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls with its 500 varieties of flowers and shrubs, a zip line tour at Berkshire East in Charlemont, or a drive to the summit of Mount Greylock with its stunning views. www.mohawktrail.com
Pick an apple, a pumpkin, or two — North of Boston, in Ipswich, you’ll find Russell Orchards. Visit the 120-acre family-owned and operated farm for apple picking in September and October. While there, check out the winery with specialty fruit wines and hard ciders made right there with their own fruit. Sample a glass or a flight in their tasting room or take home a bottle to enjoy later. The traditional barnyard animals are friendly and happy to welcome visitors. www.russellorchards.com
Ride the rail on Cape Cod — The fall is a wonderful time for biking – clear, crisp weather with lots of color. The Cape Cod Rail Trail runs 25 miles through six charming towns on the Cape. Being a former railroad bed, it is relatively flat and takes you along beaches and marshes as well as through the Cape Cod National Seashore. Enter and exit the trail at many different points along the way to stop, rest, or sightsee at various points of interest. www.capecodbikeguide.com/railtrail.asp