Things To Do Near the Mohawk Trail

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Business Name
Natural Bridge State Park
Company Description

Discover a geologic wonder at this 48 acre park. Examine the only naturally formed white marble arch and man-made white marble dam in North America, and tour an abandonded marble quarry. The "natural bridge" for which the park is named, according to geologists, is 550 million years old bedrock mable, carved into an arch by the force of glacail melt water over 13,000 years ago; one of the best places in New England to demonstrate the effects of glaciation. The bridge spans rushing Hudson Brook as it twists and tumbles through a steep 60-foot deep gorge. This site was an active commercial quarry from 1810 to 1947, producing coarse grained white marble used in local buildings and cemeteries. From 1950 to 1983 it was a privately-owned and popular roadside tourist attraction off the Mohawk Trail. Natural Bridge became a state park in 1985, to preserve its unique geologic features. In the sumer months, knowledgeable park interpreters are on hand to explain the natural forces that created the bridge and its more recent human-related history.

There is a 0.25 mile walkway above and through the chasm, and a 0.5 mile wooded walking trail.

The park is open from Memorial Day - Columbus Day 9am - 5pm. Parking fee is $5.00 for MA Resident, $6.00 Non-Resident - Annaul $60.00 for MA Resident & $85.00 for Non-Resident

Picnicking: tables and grills are available. Please carry-in, carry out all belongings and trash.

 

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Phone
413-663-6392 (May-Oct) 413-499-4262(Nov-Apr)
Street Address
McCauley Road , off Route 8 North
City
North Adams
State
MA
Postal Code
01247
Business Name
Old Deerfield Craft Fair
Company Description

Old Deerfield Craft Fairs are held on the front lawn of Memorial Hall Museum in June and September. Each fair features 200+ craft exhibitors from 18+ states with colorful displays and craft demonstrations.

Phone
413-774-7476
Street Address
8 Memorial Street
Street 2
P.O. Box 323
City
Deerfield
State
MA
Postal Code
01342
Business Name
Poet's Seat Tower
Company Description

From almost anywhere in Greenfield, look east for a view of the town's favorite landmark - Poet's Seat Tower. From its lofty perch atop Rocky Mountain on the ridge that forms the eastern boundary between Greenfield and the Connecticut River, the tower commands a near 360-degree view of the lush Pioneer Valley.

Geology of the Ridge:

Poet's Seat Tower sits on a 190 million year old (early Jurassic period) 150-foot thick basalt lava flow overlooking the Franklin County shire town of Greenfield and the Connecticut, Deerfield, and Green River valleys.

The lava and sedimentary layers were tilted by the Eastern Border Fault located several miles to the east at the base of the prominent uplands of central Massachusetts seen on the eastern horizon. This border fault was created by the stresses caused by the brea-up of the great Pangea super continent. If the faulting had been just a bit more extreme, you would now be viewing the Atlantic Ocean from Poet's Seat Tower.

Note that most of the surrounding hills have the same elevation. During the age of dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago, this was a great flat erosional plain called a "peneplain" The area was uplifted, and rivers cut the present valleys. On a clear day, Mount Monadnock, a hill of resistant rock that was not eroded away, can be seen in New Hampshire to the northeast.

The flat, evergren-covered area midway in elevation between the far hilltops and the Connecticut River is the site of ancient Lake Hitchcock which formed during the glacial retreats and stretched from Hartford, Connecticut to St. Johnsbury, Vermont, about 200 miles.

Rocky Mountain was an island in the muddy lake, The Flat residential areas and the center of Greenfield on the ancient lake bottom.

Poetry in the View:

The Rural Club of Greenfield erected a smaller wooden tower near the current tower's site in 1873. Poet Frederick Goddard Tuckerman,who was a resident of Greenfield from 1847 until his death in 1873, often wrote his poetry sitting among the rocks at the foot of the tower.

A contemporary and acquaintance of Emerson, Longfellow and Tennyson, Tuckerman was inspired by the western view when writing his nature poetry. The wooden tower burned in 1911 and was replaced the following year by the present native sandstone tower.

How to Get there:

To get to the tower, follow the bright blue signs that dot Greenfield's main street from the rotary at interstate 91 and route 2A east through the town's vibrant downtown. Two blocks east of the Town Common, turn left on High Street, hen right n maple Street. Follow the signs to the top of the ridge. Turn into the parking lot on the left side of Mountain Road, where an easy hike to the tower starts.

Street Address
Mountain Road
City
Greenfield
State
MA
Business Name
Quaker Meeting House
Company Description

The Quaker Meting House is the most important historical landmark in Adams. It is a memorial to the pioneer people who first settled the tract of land that became Adams. The Quakers, or Friends as they called themselves, were a religious denomination who came from the Smithfield, Rhode Island area. They were the first group of settlers to from a community in East Hoosuck, the original name of the Adams township.

They most likely moved to the Hoosac Valley in the 1760s because the area was recently opened for development. The Quakers must have felt the spirit of adventure that compelled so many Americans to leave thecomforts of their homes to pioneer the wilderness to the west.

They lived in Adams for 15 yeras before starting to build the meeting house in 1782. They finished it four years later. It ook so long to complete because the Friendswere less interested in a monumental place of worship tham living their lives according to their religious precepts.

The meeting house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Open for tours Sundays in July through Columbus Day from 1-4pm

On the last Sunday in ugust the Society of Friends Descendants hold an Annual Meeting which includes a half hour of silence and a speaker

Phone
413-743-1799
Street Address
Maple Street Cemetery
City
Adams
State
MA
Postal Code
01220
Business Name
RiverCulture
Company Description

RIVERCULTURE! Celebrating the Town of Montague and the Turners Falls Cultural District as a destination for the arts, dining, outdoor recreation, culture and history.

Visit www.turnersfallsriverculture.org for a full listing of events and links to shops, restaurants, the Great Falls Discovery Center, and the Shea Theater Arts Center.

RiverCulture is a partnership of leaders from the Arts and business communities, committed to enhancing and promoting cultural programming in Montague. RiverCulture is the proud recipient of the 2011-12 Massachusetts Commonwealth Award for Creative Community. Given every two years by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth Awards shine a spotlight on the extraordinary contributions that arts and culture make to education, economic vitality, and quality of life in communities across the state.

RiverCulture works to: *Foster art and culture in Montague; *Enhances quality of life in our community; *Establish art and culture as a highly visible element of our identity; *Cultivate an environment that attracts new businesses, residents, investment and visitors to Montague.

RiverCulture accomplishes this by: *Serving as a central sounding -board for the Arts; *Participating in the Town’s economic development initiatives; *Building working relationships across municipal, public, private, and non-profit sectors; *Hosting and promoting cultural events in Montague; *Conceiving new ideas that foster entrepreneurship and opportunities in the Arts community; *Developing media, marketing and communications strategies.

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Phone
413-863-3200
Contact Name(s)
Suzanne LoManto
Street Address
One Avenue A
City
Turners Falls
State
MA
Postal Code
01376
Business Name
Savoy Mountian State Forest
Company Description

Savoy Mountain State Forest makes it easy to leave the everyday world behind. Scenic North and South Ponds, with wooded edges and hills rising in the distance, offer tranquil places to fish, picnic and swim. 45 campsites and 1 group sites are located in an old apple orchard. Four log cabins overlook South Pond, available for year round rental.

Over 50 miles of wooded trails invite year round recreational access to spectacular natural features. Hike the Bog Pond Trail, with its floating bog islands. Or climb up Spruce Hill on the Busby Trail for breathtaking views, especialty during fall foliage and hawk migration. Be sure to visit Tannery Falls (and nearby Parker Brook Falls), where Ross Brok flows through a deep cham, and then cascades over 50 feet to a clear pool below.

The park is open from 8am until dusk, year-round. Access is free, however a $5 fee is charged from mid May through Clumbus Day for parking only at North Pond day-use and for visitors to the campground.

Phone
413-663-8469
Street Address
260 Central Shaft Road
City
Florida
State
MA
Postal Code
01247
Business Name
Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum
Company Description

Susan B. Anthony -- Adams' Famous Daughter

Although Susan B. Anthony lived in Adams for only the first six years of her life, she was greatly influenced by the beliefs and aspirations of her hometown Quaker community. Her great-grandfather was a pioneer settler here and one of the founding members of the East Hoosac Meeting. Anthony devoted the greater part of her life seeking justice as an abolitionist against slavery and as a suffragette for the rights of woman to vote. Her inner light guided her through the darkness of this world.

Spring/Summer (Memorial Day-Columbus Day): 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Thursday-Saturday and Monday, Sunday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Fall/Winter (Columbus Day-Memorial Day): 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Friday,Saturday and Monday, Sunday 11:30 am - pm

Call to arrange private tours: 413-743-7121

The gift shop at the Birthplace Museum features many Suffrage-themed souvenirs and gift items made by local female artisans of the berkshires. These unique gifts include handmade jewelry, pocket books, potholders, and much more, perfect for this holiday season. They also sell a large variety of books for children and adults about the suffrage movement, famous reformers, and local history.

It is a "must See" when visiting the Northern Berkshires.  Admission: $6.00 Adult / $4.00 senoir citzen $3.00 Studnet / Free children six and under.

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Phone
413-743-7121
Contact Name(s)
Cassandra Peltier
Street Address
67 East Road
Street 2
P.O. Box 244
City
Adams
State
MA
Postal Code
01220
Business Name
The Bridge of Flowers
Company Description

The Bridge of Flowers is the only one of its kind in the world. Built in 1908 as a trolley bridge across the Deerfield River, between the towns of Shelburne and Buckland, the 400-foot, five arch concrete span was abandoned with the passing of the trolley line 1928.

Antoinette and Walter Burnham's vision of transforming the structure into a flower bridge became a reality in 1929. The project was spearheaded by the Shelbrne Falls Woman's Club and is still under their leadership through the Bridge of Flower Committee.

Over 500 varieties of annuals and perennials are planted and tened by local volunteers who work with the head gardner and her assistant to ensure continuous blooming throughout the season.

Open from early spring through late fall

Street Address
Bridge Street
City
Shelburne Falls
State
MA
Postal Code
01370
Business Name
The High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary
Company Description

The High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary is owned and maintained by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. It is arguably the most beautiful 586 acres in the Region and is accessible year round. On an extensive trail system, High Ledges boasts a large inventory of native plants and wildflowers and is a haven for naturalists, photographers, and everyone who appreciates scenic views and unspoiled terrain.

Among them 20 species of Orchids and 30 species of ferns. Wildflowers many of them rare are best viewed May through September. October features fantastic fall foliage views of the Village of Shelburne Falls, the Deerfield River valley and Mt. Graylock. When winter snows carpet the sanctuary you can navigate the trails on snowshoes.

 

The sanctuary is open all year dawn to dusk. Visitors are requested to comply with regulations such as: No pets on or off leash. Don't pick any plants. For a complete list of these regulations plus directions contact the Massachusetts Audubon Society:   

 

Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

There is a small admission fee for non-members: $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children and seniors .

Directions:
Take Rt 2 west to Rt 91 (Greenfield rotary). At the rotary, continue west on Rt 2 toward Shelburne for 6 miles. Take a right onto Little Mohawk Road and bear left at the junction onto Patten Road. Continuing on Patten Road, go left at the next junction and then bear right. The sanctuary entrance is approximately 0.5 miles on left. Follow the road to the small dirt parking area on your left or park in the overflow lot at the corner of Patten Road and the sanctuary road.

Please note: Access to the interior parking area is discontinued due to deteriorating road conditions and other factors. You may park your vehicle in the small lot located on the sanctuary road approximately 800 feet west of Patten Road or in the overflow lot at the corner of the sanctuary road and Patten Road. Please do not park on the sanctuary road; it is also a private driveway and must remain accessible for maintenance and emergency vehicles. The ledges are located approximately one mile from the parking area.

 

Phone
978-464-2712
Street Address
Patten Road
City
Shelburne
State
MA
Business Name
Western Gateway Heritage State Park
Company Description

The Heart of the park is the Visitors Center Museum. Several beautifully retore buidings that were once used to store freight and commodities surround a cobblestone courtyard at this former railroad yard. The buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This ubran park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century. The tunnel was dug 4.75 miles through Hoosac Mountan, linking Massachusetts to Albany, NY.  200 men lost their lives building the tunnel, which is still being used today. An audio-visual presentation takes visitors back in time, where the sounds of dripping water, pickaxes against stone, explosion, and debates re-create the hradship and heroism of the tunnel's constuction. Programs and exhibits on history, science, culture and environmental are offered regularly to the public. Visitors Center hours: Open 10am-5pm day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days. Admission and parking is free.

 

Phone
413-663-6312
Street Address
9 Furnace Street Bypass, Bldg. 4
City
North Adams
State
MA
Postal Code
01247

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