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||Dam and cascades
||35-foot total drop
||Less than 0.1 mile
|BEST TIME TO VISIT:
||Not Possible and/or Prohibited
||Page 22, I-11 (marked as ?Glacial Potholes?)
||yes (visible from boardwalk)
|INCLUDED IN BOOK:
||Yes (Included in appendix with limited information)
|COST TO VISIT:
Less than a handful of dams are featured on this website. One reason many of us love waterfalls is because they are some of the last natural features surviving; their untouched and unspoiled environments are special places of beauty. As such, we are extremely hesitant about having dams (or the natural features left intact below them) on our website.
To every rule there are exemptions. Shelburne Falls cannot be completely ignored. The power the dam creates is astonishing, and several of the original cascades and potholes remain despite the construction of the dam. The ?Glacial Potholes,? as they are often called, are fascinating and scattered everywhere.
Be aware that this waterfall also carries the alternative name of Salmon Falls.
Shelburne Falls is visible from Deerfield Avenue, very close to its junction with Bridge St., which is the main road through the downtown area. Follow the signs within town to ?Glacial Potholes? and you will find the falls?they are tough to miss!
Take MA 2 west from Greenfield. When you reach the town of Shelburne, take a left onto MA 2a west. Follow MA 2a west for 0.6 mile into the downtown area of Shelburne Falls. When you arrive in the downtown area, park on Bridge St near its junction with Deerfield Ave. There will be signs in the area for the ?Glacial Potholes,??a group of natural features that are adjacent to the falls. The falls are in the center of town, close by to the famous Bridge of Flowers, and several restaurants and local shops.
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