Recreation & Outdoors
With mild and diverse
With many conservation areas and the state parks (Skinner State Park and Mount Holyoke Range State Park) situated along the Mount Holyoke Range, the community offers many miles of hiking and walking trails. Some of these same resources provide opportunities for skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating during winter. Hunting and fishing opportunities are also abundant in and around South Hadley. Similarly, residents and visitors also enjoy bird watching and wildlife photography. View our full list of conservation areas.
Two golf courses offer a diversity of golfing opportunities. The Ledges Golf Club, located off Alvord Street, is a new municipal 18-hole course with great views and a driving range and a modern clubhouse. This course is also available for passive recreation throughout the year, particularly during winter. The Orchards Golf Course, a private club managed by Arnold Palmer Golf, and site of the 2004 US Women's Open, is situated on the Mount Holyoke College campus.
River to Range Trail
This is a 1-mile accessible loop trail and associated parking lot located off Ferry Street, adjacent to the Mount Holyoke College boathouse at 240 Ferry Street The trail is open to non-motorized
The first bike share program in the Pioneer Valley, and the first pedal-assist bike share program in New England – ValleyBike – is now available in South Hadley. With stations at the town common and police department, residents and members of the public will be able to use ValleyBike for green transportation while engaging in healthy recreation. ValleyBike allows members to pay for bikes by the trip, or join as a member for unlimited 45-minute rides by the day, month, or year. Sign up and learn more.
From its Summer Concert Series and bus trips to baseball games to youth/adult sports and classes, the South Hadley Recreation Department offers a wide variety of activities. Learn more about them.
Canal Park & Ted Belsky Overlook
Canal Park and the overlook offer a beautiful view of the Connecticut River, located on Canal Street adjacent to the Red Cliff Canoe Club. Parking is limited.
Walking The Falls
Explore South Hadley Falls on foot, using this Walking the Falls brochure (PDF). It offers a map and
Located across from South Hadley Town Hall at 116 Main Street is the Beachgrounds Park. This park offers multiple sports fields, a playground, picnic areas
Buttery Brook Park
Buttery Brook Park is located at 123 Willimansett Street and is maintained by the South Hadley Department of Public Works. It is home to an annual Easter Hat Parade and Egg Hunt in the spring, Cruise Night in the summer and to Mr. and Mrs. Claus in December. The South Hadley DPW handles any pavilion reservations. Learn more about renting.
Town Facilities & Athletic Fields
Peruse the /Facilities. Many of these are available for reservation.