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Easthampton MA is the second largest city in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. The town is on the southeastern edge of the Pioneer Valley near the college towns of Northampton and Amherst, MA.
Easthampton, though less of a tourist attraction than its neighbor Northampton, has a number of points of interest. The Mount Tom State Reservation extends into parts of the city, and many local residents hike up to enjoy the view of the Pioneer Valley from the rock ledges. Mount Tom, 1202 feet, is the highest traprock peak on the Metacomet Ridge, a linear mountain range that extends from Long Island Sound to the Vermont border. Mount Tom is characterized by its high cliffs, sweeping vistas, and microclimate ecosystems. The 110-mile Metacomet-Monadnock Trail traverses the mountain. The Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, part of the Massachusetts Audubon Society, is also split between Easthampton and neighboring Northampton. Recently, the Manhan Rail Trail bicycle path was built over an old railroad line, and there are plans to connect the path to others in the area. Also near the Rail Trail and Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary are three conservation areas owned by the local non-profit land trust, Pascommuck Conservation Trust, part of the Trust's 200 acres of holdings in Easthampton. In and around downtown Easthampton, attractions include: The Emily Williston Memorial Library, recognized by the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, it provides a collection of over 45,000 books, movies, and other media for Easthampton and the surrounding towns. The Williston Northampton School, a private secondary prep school. Nini's Pizzeria. The Silver Spoon restaurant. One Cottage Street, an old factory building, renovated in the late 1970s to make workshops and studios for artists and craftspeople. Riverside Industries, also at One Cottage Street, a human service organization offering a variety of innovative programs for people with disabilities. Eastworks, the old Stanley Home Products factory building, recently converted into artists' studios, offices, and restaurant space. The historic old fire station, recently made into a workshop by local furniture maker Silas Kopf. The Flywheel Arts Collective, a music, performance and visual arts space with a cafe, which opened its doors in 1999, ECM Fitness, Old Marty Beach.
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