Amherst is a pretty, nice-sized town that's great for riding bicycles. I was fortunate to find an apartment to sublet that's within walking distance of
The Rails-to-Trails bike path is awesome. It's like a bicycle interstate, complete with on/off ramps, intersection signs, tunnels, and a yellow line down the middle of the pavement. It goes from Amherst to the larger town of Northampton, where it crosses the Connecticut River on the old train trestle that's now a wooden path.
At all hours of the day, people of all ages can be found bike-riding, rollarblading, jogging, and rolling on what looks like cross-country skis. Bruce (my husband) and I have spent many great days walking or biking on the Rail Trail.
Other highlights of Amherst include: