A great bicycling day trip for the family can be had following Falls Rd and Meadow Rd along the Connecticut River. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=map+of+Sunderland+MA&ll=42.486783,-72.566929&spn=0.044559,0.064287&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&gl=us&z=14
There is parking available just off Route 47, on the left side of the road heading north, at a spot marked as a “Scenic Vista.” From this point, Falls Road is a left off of Route 47, and true to its name, there is a beautiful waterfall about 1.5. miles from this starting point. The road is in good shape, is relatively flat and is not heavily traveled. At the midway point, about 3 miles into the ride, there is a panoramic view of the Connecticut River. Remember to bring binoculars as Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons and other wildlife is abundant.
Falls Road becomes Meadow Road as you cross into Montague and farms and fields take over for the scenery. In another three miles, Meadow Road will bend to the right and eventually intersect with Greenfield Road. Take a right here and you will find The Montague Bookmill http://www.montaguebookmill.com/ This is a bicyclist friendly place with a beautiful view of the Sawmill River. The Lady Killigrew, a cafe at the location, features indoor and outdoor seating and has a limited but good, healthful menu. They take cash and credit cards. If you’re up for more adventure or need a quick dip to refresh yourself, you can cross the street and follow a path down to the Saw Mill River and through the meadowlands of Montague. These paths wend through tall grass, so if you are worried about ticks or other biting insects, you may want to scratch this side trip.
It’s advisable to follow the same Meadow Road to Falls Road direction on your return trip. Route 47, which can be accessed through Montague Center, is well traveled and, in some places, the shoulder is very narrow. Condider investing in pannier bags for your bicycles, this way you can pack a lunch to bring or use them to stow some finds from the book store. There is also an excellent roadside farmstand on Route 47, Old Depot Gardens, part of Red Fire Farms CSA http://www.redfirefarm.com/CSA/locations.html. This farm stand features organically grown vegetables and fruits and has a refrigerator stocked with yogurt, milk, cheeses, spreads and kombucha tea. To get to Old Depot Gardens Farm Stand from the Book Mill, take a left onto Turners Falls Road, it is a 1/4 mile up on the left.