Porches is located right near the end of the Mohawk Trail, which was historically a Native American migratory game path, now known as Massachusetts Route 2. Not only has it been recognized as one of the best scenic routes in the country, it’s a nice way to get from A to B without going on an actual “highway.” From the famous Hairpin Turn to the rich Native American history, the Mohawk Trail makes for a great day trip! Here is a map from the Porches to Greenfield (with a couple of cool stops along the trail). Happy Trails!
Here are a few fun links if you’re planning a drive up the trail while you’re at Porches :
- Here’s a video of cars going up the Hairpin Turn (and here’s another…with over 3,000 views!)
- driving tours
- Check out a superbrief history or an in-depth history of the Mohawk Trail. Either way it’s neat to see how it became the “
- The Learning Channel recognized the Mohawk Trail as a scenic ride in Massachusetts Scenic Drives: Mohawk Trail
- Itinerary from WikiTravel.com Things to do, see, etc…
- You can have lunch 1700 feet above sea level at the Golden Eagle, on the Hairpin Turn (great lookout point, complete with coin-operated binoculars.)
- In National Geographic Guide to Scenic Highways & Byways, the Mohawk Trail is named third in the category Best Fall Foliage.
- “What right minded retro roadside attraction loving person would dare pass by this wonderful and colorful souvenir shop on Route 2 in Shelburne Falls, MA?” Find out on RetroRoadMap’s blog about The Big Indian Shop Gift Shop on Trail. (Also check out the Flickr page for the Big Indian Shop. It’s a phenomenon!)