100th Anniversary of the Mohawk Trail

One hundred years ago in October 1914, the Mohawk Trail was designated by the Massachusetts legislature as America’s first scenic byway for automobiles. To celebrate this milestone, business groups along the trail have planned special events, exhibits and promotions for the public to enjoy.

Along its 69 miles from Athol to Williamstown, The Mohawk Trail meanders through deep forest and historic towns, passing world-class art museums, early 20th-century tourist destinations, scenic hikes and dramatic vistas, while crisscrossing and paralleling five major rivers where water adventures abound—the Millers, Connecticut, Green, Deerfield, and Hoosic. Early European settlers used the “Indian Path”, as it was then called, to travel between Boston and Albany, and during the French & Indian War and the American Revolution, the trail served as a military route. From art to adventure, scenic beauty to shopping, restaurants to rafting, history to hairpin turns, there’s something for everyone on The Mohawk Trail!

Check out the current specials and events below, and check back often for updates. We’ll see you out on the trail!

Mohawk Trail Historical Photos

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Events

To celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Mohawk Trail, business groups along the trail have planned special events, exhibits and promotions for the public to enjoy. Check out the list of events below. 

Currently there are no events.

Annual Events & Attractions

Below are the attractions and events that travelers will find all along the Trail all the time, not just in one town or area. For more details download our Rack Card.

North Quabbin

www.northquabbinwoods.org

  • Millers River Blue Trail
  • North Quabbin Historic Downtowns
  • Garlic and Arts Festival: September
    The Festival that Stinks”  is a two-day  family friendly celebration of regional artisans, agriculture, music, renewable energy, and yes, garlic!
  • Starry, Starry Night: December
    New Year’s Eve extravaganza, with musicians and performers of all kinds and fun for all ages.

Greater Shelburne Falls Area

www.shelburnefalls.com

  • Bridge of Flowers
  • Four season recreation
  • MA Cultural District
  • Iron Bridge Dinner: 3rd Sunday in August 
    Modeled after a similar community dinner in France, a single table is set with linens and china for 400 people along the entire Iron Bridge over the Deerfield River at dusk.
  • Moonlight Magic: Friday After Thanksgiving 
    The village glows with the light of thousands of luminaries lining the streets as the holiday season kicks off with a parade, live performers, carolers, and vendors. Stores, galleries and restaurants stay open late for special holiday promotions.

North Adams

www.explorenorthadams.com 

  • MASS MoCA
  • Mount Greylock 
  • Berkshire Food Festival: 2nd Sunday of September
    The city’s scenic main street comes alive with a festival of cuisine, micro-beer and wine tasting, and an eclectic mix of live music.
  • Fall Foliage Parade: Sunday before Columbus Day
    Celebrate the season as floats, bands, and more wind their way through the city.

Williamstown

www.williamstownchamber.com

  • Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival   
  • Ma Cultural District
  • Summer Sundays in July: your senses come alive in the early evenings on Spring Street with Music, art, and food. Capping it all off: Family Flicks Under the Stars.
  • Annual Holiday Walk: 1st Saturday in December
    Holiday festivities with traditional New England flair: Caroling, horse drawn carriage rides, a Reindog parade, Penny Social and Santa Claus.

Press Releases / Latest News

Mohawk Trail Collaboration sparks economic development project

09/15/2014

Scarecrows are typically designed to do exactly what their name says—scare away crows. But the ones that will decorate the Mohawk Trail from Athol to Williamstown starting October 17 – 19th are designed to attract flocks—
of tourists! The Scarecrow project is part of the first-ever collaboration of business organizations across western Massachusetts, who are joining forces to promote tourism, one of the main economic drivers of the region. The theme: Celebrate the Mohawk Trail at 100. “What better way to get everyone collaborating than celebrating and promoting something that links us all together: The Mohawk Trail,” says project leader Amy Shapiro of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation. “And the 100th anniversary of the Trail’s opening to automobiles is the perfect opportunity.”

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History of The Mohawk Trail

This quick video give you a history of the Mohawk trail with vintage photographs of the early days as well as the sights and experiences travelers will find all along the trail today.

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