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beautiful curiosity

We were there to see the bridge of flowers and had to walk over to this area to check it out. Such... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
enymarsh
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Sandwich, Massachusetts
Interesting Geology

One of the more interesting geological phenomenon in western Massachusetts. Well worth visiting... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
VermontStrong
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Rutland, Vermont
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Natural, water-created carvings in the rocks.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good52%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“ice age” (8 reviews)
“viewing area” (7 reviews)
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Shelburne Falls, MA
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"ice age"
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"viewing area"
in 7 reviews
"natural wonder"
in 6 reviews
"water level"
in 4 reviews
"bridge of flowers"
in 43 reviews
"antique stores"
in 2 reviews
"mother nature"
in 2 reviews
"quaint little town"
in 2 reviews
"pleasant stroll"
in 2 reviews
"forces of nature"
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"worth a quick visit"
in 2 reviews
"geological history"
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"deerfield river"
in 13 reviews
"great pictures"
in 3 reviews
"high water"
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"interesting place"
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"observation deck"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there to see the bridge of flowers and had to walk over to this area to check it out. Such an amazing eyeful! The striations in the rock - and of course the potholes - were amazing to see!

1  Thank enymarsh
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the more interesting geological phenomenon in western Massachusetts. Well worth visiting during low water periods especially.

1  Thank VermontStrong
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just amazing! When you realize how these rock formations were made. A short walk from the bridge of flowers.

Thank melnel8905
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Reviewed May 12, 2018

Serine and beautiful. Water rushing over the dam and working it's way through the rocky riverbed below. Beginning thousands of years ago, sediment in the water, due to the circumferential route of the water, began etching round depressions in the massive rocks. These became larger...More

Thank Peter R
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Reviewed April 29, 2018

Standing on the viewing area, leaning with my chin on the railing, I look at the water rushing over the dam and swirling over the worn plates below. I think of old technology, the possible uses this area had for the generations of inhabitants, the...More

1  Thank Larry P
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Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

I have always enjoyed coming to the potholes. Of course it was awesome when you had easy access to walk on the rocks. Now it is gated off, but you can still overlook the falls. It's still a good place to stop by. If you're...More

Thank Ussubforce
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Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

The potholes are a really interesting feature and are the only one of its kind that I know of in the area. I heard you used to be able to go in them but people got hurt so that's no longer the case. If you...More

Thank MikeP1515
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

Grab a sandwich or pack a little picnic..there are benches over looking the Falls..even in the cold of winter this is a wonderful spot for photos..REALLY LOVELY! So pretty!

Thank Bellaluna64
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Reviewed December 27, 2017

My wife and I visited the glacial potholes in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, during a tour of New England. We decided to go, as it was recommended in our guide book, along with the nearby Bridge of Flowers. The Deerfield River has been dammed and diverted,...More

1  Thank Richard_Harpum
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Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

I've visited the potholes many times over the years and it always offers a new experience, depending on the season, the weather, the light, etc. It's a beautiful and interesting place, not be missed. Especially dramatic when the river is running high. But when the...More

Thank Vermont234
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Amy K
February 9, 2016|
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Response from Elisabeth B | Reviewed this property |
No, you can't walk on them now. It's very sad. It used to be so much fun to sit and play and feel the warmth of the rocks and the coolness of the water in the potholes.
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