- Written by Jillian Morgan
- Published: 11 August 2017
Leverett – Rattlesnake Gutter Walk Route
The Rattlesnake Gutter Walk Route in Leverett, Mass., is a featured trail of the Walk Franklin County initiative, which encourages people to explore scenic walks in Franklin County for personal fitness and health. The Leverett walk is a three-mile back route on a quiet gravel road where walkers can admire the Rattlesnake Gutter Conservation Area. With the help of a group known as Friends of the Rattlesnake Gutter (later known as The Rattlesnake Gutter Trust), the conservation area was purchased by the town in 1990. This 40-acre property is the heart of The Gutter and a geological site to behold!
The walk trail features beautiful scenery as you walk alongside the Rattlesnake Gutter, a spectacular glacial ravine that may have formed from glacial meltwater or when a temporary glacial lake exploited a fracture in the crust that had constrained the flow of water. The rock formations are awe inspiring and impressive. At the intersection of Rattlesnake Gutter Road and Mill Yard Road, there are two bridges with lovely views of a beautiful small waterfall. The gravel-walking path offers smooth terrain working its way up a modest, continuous uphill rise with two moderate hills.
From the Leverett Town Hall, turn right/north on Montague Road. Go past the library and school to Rattlesnake Gutter Road (two miles from Town Hall). Turn right and park in the pull-offs before the lower gate. OR: From the Leverett Co-op, take Rattlesnake Gutter Road to the Paul C. Jones Working Forest kiosk. Park and walk up the hill, or find limited pull-off parking farther along the road before you get to the upper gate.