You travel through lots of little towns and villages and the scenery is lovely. We were there in the summer, so all the trees were green, but this must be lovely in the fall when the foliage is in full colour. There are several bridges you drive over with pretty rivers and streams underneath. It is also nice to see lots of New England homes along the route, which are quite different from any other properties. The churches are also lively in white, with tall spires peeking out of the trees.
At Charlemont there is a statue that you should stop off to take a look at. It is called "Hail to the Sunrise" – see pics attached. It is of a bronze Mohawk Indian lifting his arms up to the Great Spirit. This is memory of the Mohawk Indians.
Towards the end of the trail is a hairpin turn that offers great views over the surrounding trees and mountains. Take it slowly, though!
At Shelburne Falls there is a bridge covered in flowers called "The bridge of Flowers." At North Adams at the end of the trail you will find the Natural Bridge State Park. Here is a natural bridge of white marble that is easily reached and signposted at the end of the trail.
There are several routes you can take off the trail that are outlined in the Mohawk Trail guidebook. We did the Mt Greylock tour, which I will write about separately.
July 6, 2005
From journal New England in a Week!