- 65 miles (104 km)
The feet that trotted the Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway have left their marks in history. Benedict Arnold led an army down the trail. Before him in time strolled Metacomet, or "King Philip," as the British called him. The trail got its name when the Mohawk tribe marched and destroyed the Pocumtucks in a fierce battle; in friendlier times, it was a trade route.
Best of all, parts of this ancient path still exist and are available for visitors to hike. The Byway also has over 100 attractions to see, ranging from old pilgrim churches, to the beautiful statue "Hail to the Sunrise," to the gorgeous one-of-a-kind Bridge of Flowers. Come see one of the oldest roads in the nation.
Points of Interest
Points of Interest Along The Way
"Hail to the Sunrise" Statue (MA)
This beautiful statue depicts a Mohawk warrior welcoming the sunrise.
Located in Mohawk Trail State Forest.
Come visit this historic town, the birthplace of Susan B. Anthony.
On highway 8, south of the Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway
Bridge of Flowers (MA)
Once a trolley bridge, local citizens purchased the dilapidated bridge and restored it. To further beautify it, they planted thousands of flowers on the actual bridge.
Located at the city of Shelburne.
This small town is one of the oldest cities in the New England colonies.
Located near the Mohawk Trail State Forest.
This city is the east end of the Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway.
Located at the east end of the Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway.
Hoosac Tunnel (MA)
Also called the "Bloody Pit," this tunnel cost the lives of over 196 men to construct. It is a 4.7 mile long railroad tunnel built in 1873. It was here that nitroglycerin was used for the first time in an industrial purpose.
Located near the town Florida.
Mohawk Trail State Forest (MA)
This state forest still has remnants of the ancient Mohawk Trail. Visitors can come here and still hike many parts of this historic Indian highway.
Located near the town Florida, in the middle of the Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway.
Mt. Greylock (MA)
Mt. Greylock is the tallest mountain in Massachusetts. Many authors have recieved inspiration while gazing at this mountain, including Thoreau, Melville, and Hawthorne.
Near the west end of the Byway.
Mt. Greylock State Reservation (MA)
This beautiful reserve has a campground as well as trails to hike. Mt. Greylock is the tallest mountain in Massachusetts. Many authors have recieved inspiration while gazing at this mountain, including Thoreau, Melville, and Hawthorne.
Located at the west end of the Byway, near the cities of Williamstown and Adams.
North Adams (MA)
This city has many historic buildings and sites to see and is the location of North Adams State College.
Located on the west end of the Mohawk Trail Scenic Byway.