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Unique Geologic History

Although glacial potholes, called kettles, are found all over North America, the ones located here... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2017
Springfield, Massachusetts
A reminder of nature's power

A short walk from the lush Bridge of Flowers,the glacial potholes are starkly beautiful. Excellent... read more

Reviewed July 23, 2017
Mike L
Northampton, Massachusetts
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Natural, water-created carvings in the rocks.
Shelburne Falls, MA
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Reviewed July 23, 2017

Although glacial potholes, called kettles, are found all over North America, the ones located here are unique. First, since there are around 50 of them this is believed to be the largest concentration anywhere. They range in size from 6" to 39', so this location...More

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Reviewed July 23, 2017

A short walk from the lush Bridge of Flowers,the glacial potholes are starkly beautiful. Excellent contrast between the two attractions in the middle of the village.

Thank Mike L
Reviewed July 7, 2017

Came to Shelburne Falls for this + the Bridge of Flowers. They are very close to each other, about 2 blocks apart, or a five-minute walk. You can easily see both in an hour. Pics of the Glacial Potholes had made me think that you...More

Thank sadalit
Reviewed July 4, 2017

If you like to see something different with history behind if you will enjoy this. Not a very long adventure but a short walk from center of town

1  Thank Maureen L
Reviewed June 20, 2017

We hardly saw glacial potholes at "Salmon Falls", where the glacial potholes were, b/c it rained yesterday and a ton of water was rushing down from the mountain. It was really a refreshing site for summer, when the area is usually dried up (in which...More

Thank honestreport2016
Reviewed June 18, 2017 via mobile

We stopped here because of the natural history. It was definitely a natural wonder to see. We were looking for close sightseeing near our campground, beautiful drive and a quaint little town with several interesting shops. We ate at the little bakery just up the...More

Thank PaulaIAFF2938
Reviewed June 7, 2017

Way too much water to see the potholes today, but the water was spectacular. The Bridge of Flowers was beautiful and lunch at the West End was excellent.

1  Thank cjkolman
Reviewed June 4, 2017

This is very interesting and worth a brief walk while in the area. Of scenic as well as historic interest. And you can stop for ice cream.

Thank manelis711
Reviewed June 4, 2017

Glacier activity during the ice age millenia ago formed these odd indentations in the rock that is now the bed of the Deerfield River. The potholes are just at a section of a quick drop in riverbed level, so the water splashing over them in...More

Thank Wombat27_11
Reviewed May 28, 2017

After visiting the Bridge of Flowers, this was listed as another attraction in town. We only spent a short time, but it was a very interesting geological addition to our visit to Shelbourne Falls. WE viewed from the site that was also marked as a...More

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Amy K
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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.