Franklin County is known for its abundant recreational resources and healthy and active lifestyles. In Northfield, we're committed to ensuring that the Connecticut River and tributaries like Mill Brook, and much of our surrounding forest land and scenic views are protected and preserved for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. The landscape and waterways you'll enjoy are the result of work by a combination of federal, state and local organizations. The Connecticut River, which bisects the Town, is America's first "National Blueway" offering boating and is the focal point of driving, paddling and scenic attractions in four states.
In Northfield, you'll find abundant wildlife habitat for birding and fishing; hiking, walking and snowmobile trails that offer spectacular views of neighboring mountains in three directions, including Monadnock in New Hampshire, Ascutney in Vermont, and Wachusett in Central Mass. As the following headings will demonstrate, there is something here for every ability level from swimming and golf at the Northfield Golf Club, to birding and paddling at the Pauchaug Boat Ramp and Northfield Mountain Recreation Center's facility at Barton Cove in Gill, and for the really adventurous, climbing the rock walls at Farley Ledges in nearby Erving. As we write this, the Mount Grace Land Trust is developing the Alderbrook Meadow Sanctuary, the regions first ADA-compliant, universally accessible nature trail. As the sun sets, bicycle past fields of hops being grown here for dozens of local craft breweries. Then recall those lush images while you lounge in the gazebo at Centennial House exercising only your biceps with a tall, cool glass of your favorite beverage, some local cheese and good friends!