About

The FNTG is a non-profit organization formed to benefit the citizens of the City of Northampton and neighboring towns through the recreation and transportation opportunities offered by the ongoing trail and greenway development by the city.   The FNTG works diligently and in cooperation with town departments, other departments and groups to:

  • Promote the proper use, development and care of the trails
  • Raise and expend funds to support trail maintenance and improvements
  • Assist in trail maintenance
  • Assist in the marketing of the trails

Trail etiquette and guidelines:

  • Alert others when passing
  • Stay to the right unless passing
  • Ride or roller blade in single file
  • Stop and look both ways at road crossings
  • Please don’t litter: bring out what you bring in
  • Keep dogs on a leash and pick up waste
  • Wear a helmet (state law for bicyclists 12 and under)
  • Respect private property along the trail
  • Except for personal mobility devices, no unauthorized vehicles allowed on the trail

Our Mission

By supporting local rail trails and greenways we preserve open space and scenic beauty, increase recreational access, improve public health, and enhance air and water quality.

Through maintenance of the regional trail and greenway networks, we improve the quality and safety of these public spaces. We work in cooperation with local governance, chambers of commerce, and similar organizations to create community building events and identify grants to fund these endeavors; provide assistance to maintain infrastructure and envision expanded access to sustainable transportation in our region.

Support trails + Greenways

Since our founding in 2006, FNTG has raised more than $55,000 to help support trail design, construction, and improvements. Whether you use the rail trails for commuting to work or school, or use them to navigate your way through town, we need your support. Trails and greenways provide recreation and transportation opportunities for area residents and tourists.

How do your contributions help in furthering these and other future projects? They are especially valuable in supportng the engineering design work that needs to be done before submitting formal applications for grants. Also, as it is difficlt to determine the precise cost of a project in advance, having a small amount of unrestricted funds available to cover overruns makes it possible to spend every penny of the grants received.

All new donors will automatically become Members of FNTG, and will receive our newsletter, invitations to special events, and bulletins about new developments along the trail, AND a copy of the map and brochure “Exploring the Rail Trails of Northampton and Easthampton”.

Upcoming Events

Golden Spike 2018, Union Station Northampton. Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. More infomation coming soon.