Welcome to FNTG

Welcome to the Friends of Northampton (MA) Trails and Greenways, a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to improving the expanding rail-trail network in Northampton,

FNTG Summer Newsletter

Our Summer 2016 newsletter is now available, featuring articles on the Second Annual Tweed Ride, Northampton’s Complete Streets demonstration, the Adopt-a-Trail program, updates from other area trails, and more. Click the image below to view or download the newsletter.


Lunchtime Natural History Walking Tours

Naturalist Laurie Sanders is offering walking tours this month, and the next one takes place on the rail trail. The tours begin at 12 noon on each date at Historic Northampton, and pre-registration is required, as there are limited slots for the walks. To register, e-mail lsanders@historicnorthampton.org. Suggested donation is $5 for members of Historic . . .
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Tweed Ride this Saturday

Sweet Spoken Second Annual Spring Tweed Ride Saturday, May 14, 2016 2:00-5:00 PM Register at: www.bikereg.com/tweedride

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 13, 5:00 PM

Meet in the pedestrian plaza behind Thorne’s Market at 2:00 PM.

Valley Gives Day is May 3

Save the Date! Valley Gives Returns on May 3* Join the Fun and Give to Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways *If you will be away on May 3, don’t despair. Any donation made from now on will be recorded as if given on Valley Gives Day.


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Thanks to Our Founders – Julia and Nick

With the recent change in FNTG’s leadership, the officers want to acknowledge all of the great work done to build this organization by those who are responsible for its existence. Click below to read the letter published in the January 7 issue of the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Riseman-Horton Gazette letter


Many, many thanks to . . .
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Fall newsletter and holiday appeal

The fall newsletter of the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways is now available at http://fntg.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/main_document.pdf.

We are in the midst of our annual holiday appeal. In the past 10 years we’ve provided more than $45,000 to support trail development in Northampton and surrounding communities. Any or all support at this time to continue . . .
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The future of the trails

Where have we come from over the past ten years? What’s in store for the next ten years?

Ten people met in August for the first ever Advisory Committee for the Friends of Northampton Trails and Greenways. The discussion focused primarily on the future of the Trails and Greenways of Northampton, and the specifically, the . . .
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Summer newsletter available

The summer newsletter is now available (click here). It includes an update from the trails, info about trail development, the Leeds Hotel Bridge, happenings in Southampton, a review of the renovated Norwottuck Rail Trail, the winner of the Trail Neighbor award, and a report on the Sweet Spoken Tweed Ride.

Celebrate the completion of the Mass Central Rail Trail / Norwottuck renovation

Dear friends and supports of the MCRT – Norwottuck,

DCR and MassDOT are planning to hold a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of the MCRT – Norwottuck Reconstruction Project on August 5, 2015.

Time and details to follow. Please save the date.

More details can be found at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/norwottuck-rail-trail.html.

Trail construction (and trail closures) in Leeds)

The MassCentral Rail Trail extension will be beginning in Leeds as some point in the middle of July, 2015. For much of the construction the existing and new section of the trail north of Florence Street/Mulberry Street and Grove Avenue will be closed.