Shelburne Falls
Shelburne, MA

RATING: 1.5/5.0

Shelburne Falls
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STATE: Massachusetts
COUNTY: Franklin County
TOWN: Shelburne
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Dam and cascades
HEIGHT: 35-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Deerfield River
TRAIL LENGTH: Less than 0.1 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 5 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: None
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 22, I-11 (marked as ?Glacial Potholes?)
HANDICAP ACCESS: yes (visible from boardwalk)
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in appendix with limited information)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted

THE FALLS:

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.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

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!


DIRECTIONS:

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.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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