Sunderland lies on the southern edge of Franklin County, north of Hampshire County. The town has a total area of 14.7 square miles and It has a population of approximately 3600.
Sunderland has long been a thriving agricultural community that benefits from the rich Connecticut River Valley soil. It has beautiful farmland, borders the Connecticut River and is well known for biking. It is conveniently located near Amherst, Hadley and not far from I-91. The main routes of 116 & 47 intersect at the center.
Sunderland is considered one of the most desirable places to live in Franklin County.
Buttonball Tree - Sunderland is home to the largest American Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) in Massachusetts. This tree is listed as a Massachusetts Champion Tree, a designation based on a tree’s trunk circumference, height and crown spread. This amazing tree is more than 350 years old and sits on North Main Street and is an attraction for tourists and residents.
Sunderland Historical Society is located at the Graves Memorial Library building on North Main street. The building now serves as the society's museum and holds a large and varied collection spans the period from prehistoric to present day. All artifacts have been donated by Sunderland residents or descendants, many who trace their ancestry back to the town.
Town Park - A hidden GEM located off of Park Road in Sunderland. The Town Park is the perfect place for a gathering and the Pavilion will cover 200 of your closest friends and family. Working kitchen and bathrooms, plenty of parking and a beautiful wooded setting. The park is not open to the public.
Cronin Aquatic Resource Center is part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's effort to restore Atlantic salmon to the Connecticut River and its tributaries, is open to the public. The facility located on East Plumtree Road, off Route 116 near the Amherst town line. It offers various activiites, special-needs fishing programs and school tours.
Sunderland Fish Hatchery, on Route 116 near the Amherst town line, is operated by the State Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. It raises trout that are stocked in streams and ponds throughout the state. The public is welcome to tour the facility
Cranberry Pond is a small pond at the foot of Mt Toby State Forest in Sunderland. It is quiet water and has a very easy parking and access point. It is great for a morning or afternoon paddle. Not too many folks go here, so if you are looking for some peace in the woods of western Mass, this is a great place. There is a railroad running through the East side of the pond which is used quite infrequently. Good for beginners and kids.
Mount Toby Reservation is more than 1,200 feet in height and looms over the middle Connecticut River Valley offering outstanding panoramic views to those who make the six-mile trek on a moderate hiking trail. There are shorter hiking trials within the state forest as well. Related geologically to Mount Sugarloaf, Mount Toby features cliffs, caves, waterfalls, wetlands and open fields. The state forest is owned and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and is considered part of the Connecticut River Greenway State Park. One of the best views of Mount Toby from the byway is at the Deerfield-Sunderland Bridge over the Connecticut River on Route 116.
Sunderland Riverside Park - The 8-acre site is recreation land and provides access to the Connecticut River. Located at the end of School Street on the north side of Sunderland Bridge.
Sunderland Caves Hike at the UMass Mt Toby Forest in Sunderland, Massachusetts is a moderate 3-mile out-and-back hike featuring the stunning Sunderland Caves.
Sunderland and the nearby towns offer many bike routes to tour!
The Blue Heron is an intimate, relaxed upscale restaurant featuring globally inspired cuisine sourced ethically from our Valley and beyond. It is considered one of the area's finest restaurants and located in the renovated Old Town Hall that was built in 1867. The Blue Heron Restaurant is committed to maintaining a strong agricultural and economic community supporting the local farms.
BridgeSide Grille is a great place to eat for the entire family and they offer breakfast, lunch, dinner with comfortable and welcoming environment. During the summer months you can enjoy eating at the outside patio. They support local family farms and have a friendly staff.
Goten of Japan has been servicing Japanese style cuisine since the early 1970's. The chefs prepare your meal entirely at the tappan style tables offering a variety of steaks, chicken and seafood. They are proud to offer the finest Hibachi and Sushi experience.
The Millstone Market has a long history of serving Sunderland and the surrounding Pioneer Valley with fine meats, general groceries, and unique gifts. We offer field-fresh fruits and vegetables in season, grown directly across the street at our family farm. What we don’t grow, we source from over 25 local farms.
Smiarowski Farmstand and Creamy provides fresh local produce and creamy ice cream. Also provide a line of wholesale produce to markets and area restaurants. The farm stand now provides beautiful annuals, grown in our own greenhouse, as well as garden consultations and seasonal workshops.
Real Estate Listings
If you are looking to buy a single family home, land to build your dream home, farm, or second home in Sunderland, Mass, click here for the latest list of what is currently on the market. You can also contact Wanda Mooney to learn more about the area and the process of moving.
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