Conway comprises 37.8 square miles and lies in the foothills of the Berkshires just west of the Connecticut River Valley, a region rich in agriculture. It is the 4th largest in area of all towns in Franklin County and is the 11th most populous (1990 census). Conway shares boundaries with seven other towns: Buckland and Shelburne Falls to the north, Deerfield to the east and north, Whately and Williamsburg to the south, and Ashfield and Goshen to the west.


Conway State Forest, a 1,946-acre forest in southern Conway, is accessible from West Whately Road, which leaves Route 116 just east of the village. There are hiking and horseback trails, and more than four miles of streams for trout fishing. It also offers hunting and winter activities. (413) 268-7098

South River State Forest, encompasses 500 acres in Conway and is accessible via Shelburne Falls and Bardwells Ferry roads, north of Route 116. There are picnic tables along the South River to its confluence with the Deerfield River, plus several tent sites. All facilities are primitive in nature. Fishing is available in the South, Bear and Deerfield rivers. Hunting is also allowed. (413) 339-5504

Conway Historical Society, located on Main Street, features a notable collection of items from Conway's cutlery and tool factories, woolen mills and shoe factories. Open Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m., July through Labor Day weekend.

Burkeville Covered Bridge, on Route 116, about a mile north of the center of town, Originally built in 1871, the 107-foot bridge that spans the South River was restored in 2005.

Festival of the Hills, an annual celebration of foliage season traditionally held in town at the end of September. It includes crafts, games, food, music, special events and a 10-kilometer foot race. (413) 369-4936.

Event Information

March 01

Nice and Easy Walks

March 02

Reading the Forested Landscape

March 02

Reading the Forested Landscape

March 02


March 02

Carnegie Public Library Book Sale

March 02

Factory Talk: The John Russelll Cutlery Factory**

March 03

Valley Tea Dance

March 04

Franklin First: Youth Financial Education Program