Amherst & Northampton, MA

University of Massachusetts (UMASS) Amherst

Mark Bonica

The campus of the University of Massachusetts is large enough to make up its own zip code, so it’s absolutely large enough for a running tour of its own (although it can easily be incorporated into a Downtown Amherst run). We’ve mapped out routes of 3.1, 4.6, and 5.6 miles that cover the best buildings, pathways, and landmarks on campus. All start from the campus visitor entrance/parking area, near the intersection of North Pleasant Street and Massachusetts Ave. Run around the Fine Arts Center, cross the bridge over the campus pond, and pass the Minuteman Statue in route to Old Chapel and the towering Du Bois library. From here, all our routes reach into the residential west side of campus, through Northeast, Orchard Hill, and Central Residential areas and past the beautiful gardens of the Durfee Conservatory. Tje longer routes reach into the east of campus, past the Mullins Center and Honors College, then back up Massachusetts Ave. The 5.6 mile loop also includes a tour of the Southwest residential area (via a fun tunnel) and a challenging ascent of “The Hill” along Clark Hill Road.

Add-On. Numerous other routes in the Amherst area. From campus, we love the Puffers Pond loop. It’s only 1 mile to the Mill River Recreation Area.

Essentials
  • 3.1, 4.6, or 5.6 mile options (5.0/7.4/9.0 km)
  • 191, 270, or 412 feet
  • Visitors Center
  • UMass Visitors Center Bus Stop