Cascade - Massachusetts
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||On Cascade Brook, a tributary
of the Deerfield River, near the Hoosac Tunnel, East
Portal, in northwestern Massachusetts.
State Forest. There is
a parking lot at the East Portal of the Hoosac Tunnel
where people park to watch trains go in and out of
the tunnel, and kayakers and rafters in the Deerfield
River. There is a trail beyond a stone wall up and
to the right of the tunnel just beyond the entrance.
Moderate. This is a short
hike (less than 1/4 mile one way) but there are some
steep sections and the trail may be quite narrow and
rough in places. The final climb up a small dam to
the base of the waterfalls may be difficult for some.
One of us visited the Hoosac
Tunnel frequently as a child when there were two tracks
and two or three trains per hour on this line of the
Boston & Maine from Boston to Albany. When
the tunnel was built in 1867, it was the 2nd longest
tunnel in the world and the first construction project
where nitroglycerine was used. For more information
about the Hoosac Tunnel, click
One summer, we read in The American Guide
guidebook for Massachusetts, written by the Federal
Writer's Project under the WPA, about Twin Cascade.
On our next visit to the Tunnel, we found the trail
and discovered Twin Cascade for ourselves.
Now, there is only one track and only one or two
trains per day. But Twin Cascade is still there
and is still a very special place.
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