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Fall Activities in Western Mass

The Pioneer Valley is quite possibly one of the most beautiful and
exciting places to be during the Fall season. The air is crisp, the
sweaters are cozy, and the events are plentiful. With only four short
years to enjoy all that Umass and its surrounding areas have to offer,
it is important to take advantage of all of the enriching activities
and scenery. From hiking and biking, to farm stands and amusement
parks, here are a few ideas to make your Fall season one to remember…

#1 Austin Brothers Valley Farm
When: Tuesday-Friday1:00 PM – 5:00 PM/ Saturday & Sunday10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Where: 270 West Street, Belchertown, MA 01007
What: Pumpkin patch, corn maze and tractor-pulled hay rides.
Website: http://www.austinsfarm.com/

#2 The Amherst Farmer’s Market
When: Every Saturday through November 17th 7:30am-1:30pm
Where: Center of Amherst
What: Local food, fun, music and community.
Website: http://www.amherstfarmersmarket.com/

#3 Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation
When: Anytime
Where: Route 116 in Amherst
What: Hiking
Website: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/msug.html

#4 SixFlags Fright Fest
When: Friday 5:00pm-10:00pm/Saturday Noon-10:00pm/Sunday Noon-9:00pm
through October 28th
Where: 1623 Main Street Agawam, MA 01001
What: Amusement park
Website: http://frightfest.sixflags.com/newengland/

#5 Norwottuck Rail Trail
When: Anytime
Where: 446 Damon Rd., Northampton, MA 01060
What: 11 mile bike path linking Northampton, Amherst, and Hadley.
Website: http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/nwrt.htm

#6 Hamilton Orchards
When: Saturdays and Sundays 9:00am-5:00pm
Were: 25 West Street New Salem, MA 01355
What: Apple orchard, rasberry picking, resturaunt and petting zoo.
Website: http://www.hamiltonorchards.com/

Happy Fall, collegiates!

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Alexa Harrison

U Mass Amherst

Alexa Harrison is the President and Editor in Chief of Her Campus UMass Amherst as well as a Management Intern at the Her Campus Media headquarters. She is a Senior English major and IT minor with a specialization in Nonfiction Writing. In her free time, Alexa enjoys going to museums; drinking iced green tea; and playing around with Adobe Creative Suite. 
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