Falls - Massachusetts
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On the Deerfield River
in the town of Shelburne Falls in northwestern Massachusetts.
Public viewing access from the
end of Deerfield Avenue in the center of the town
This is a wonderful New
England town for an extensive walking tour including
the downtown shops, falls, and Bridge of Flowers.
There are lots of hiking opportunities in the area.
The Shelburne Falls is
now blocked by a dam with a small hydroelectric plant.
The exposed portion of the old waterfall is a fantastic
landscape of erosion in the multicolored granite which
is called the "Potholes." This erosion occurred
during the last ice age when the river was confined
beneath the glacier. Today, you can see dozens of
potholes ranging in size from a dishpan to a swimming
|Update July, 2003
According to Joe Bushee of Greenfield,
MA, " In the fall of 2002 the town of Shelburne
Falls restricted public access to the falls and potholes
due to liability concerns. You now are only able to
view the falls from the road. Unfortunately, you now
can’t see the potholes, as the area has been
closed to the public in the wake of a fatality there
last year. You now are only permitted to view the
falls from the parking lot of the Mole Hollow Candle
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