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Goldmine Falls in Chester, MA
Both upper and lower Goldmine Falls are little gems which are actually very easy to reach being about only 100 yards from a main highway. I visited the falls in October and found plenty of water running indicating that they may run well year around. Be assured that the effort to visit both of these falls is well worth it. These obscure waterfalls appear to be visited infrequently and only by nature enthusiasts who are probably not going to be trashing their rugged environments.
Located in a undeveloped area of Chester- Blandford State Forest.Both upper and lower Goldmine Falls are only 100 yards from the highway Rt-20. Hiking boots and a desire to explore their undeveloped location , no trail or sign indicate their existence. Slippery moss covered rocks and other hazards exist, so be cautious. Swimming is not applicable, no fires or camping.
GPS CoordinatesÂ 42Â° 14′ 48″ N Â Â 72Â° 55′ 31 ” W
Directions:Â From Chester center, drive east on Rt-20 for 4 miles. After 2.5 miles you’ll go pass the parking area for Sanderson Brook Falls on the right. Continue on Rt-20 which will make a long sweeping curve. Just as Rt-20 starts to straighten you’ll be looking for a large cement bridge/culvert with large boulders uphill. You’ll find an unimproved parking pull-off on the Westfield River side in a short distance. If you go by the Roadside park on the right, you’ve gone too far. Bushwack up the forested hill, following Goldmine stream up on the left side, it’s easier to get above the lower falls to the upper falls on the left side.
Glendale Falls in Middlefield, MA
This waterfall is noted for overflowing its banks during the spring thaw but, later being reduced to a trickle during the summer months. Glendale Falls is essentially a series of cascading waterfalls strung together, several having 15-20 foot drops giving the viewer a variety of different encounters depending on the various water flow. You can only experience the entire waterfall by walking down to its bottom which can difficult to do during the months of Winter or early Spring due to ice and slippery hillside. As with most New England waterfall sites, old stone foundations of early industrial usage of the water power can seen at the top and across the stream. Evidence of sluice way and a hand laid stone foundations are here, although next to impossible to access during high water or high flow periods. Summer finds sun bathers at the bottom, as well as a pool for a refreshing splash. Again, depending on what time of year and what your desires are, Glendale Falls is one site that can satisfy..
GPSÂ CoordinatesÂ 42Â° 21′ 02″ N Â Â 72Â° 57′ 57″ W
Directions:Â From Peru center, follow Rt-143 east for 3.8 miles. Turn right onto River Road in West Worthington, follow this road for 5.5 miles and turn right onto Clark Wright Road. Go uphill for .4 of a mile, just before a small bridge you’ll notice the Trustees of the Reservation sign at the opening of a parking lot with room for several cars.
Sanderson Brook Falls in Chester, MA
Located in Chester-Blandford State Forest the hike to this particular falls is pleasant and unique. To start with this hike is leisurely, you’ll like never even crack a sweat. In addition, this is also a very popular waterfall and it seems you will always meet people coming and going. The Falls themselves are a long rambling cascade with a 25 foot drop at its top. The unique aspect to this waterfall is how the water from the top drop is redirected, spurting upward with a geyser like plume. Also, there are more waterfalls above this main bottom waterfall. Although climbing up the steep hillside will be strenuous, but by staying on the road and bearing right, the road will come around to the backside to the falls in a longer hike, but much easier.
GPSÂ CoordinatesÂ 42Â° 14′ 43″N Â 72Â° 57′ 26″W
Becket Ravine Falls in Becket, MA
GPSÂ CoordinatesÂ 42Â° 19′ 52″ N Â 73Â° 05′ 16″ W
This location is just a stone throw from the center of North Becket. While many have called it “Becket Center Falls,” it is better known as the “Becket Ravine. ” While access is limited, the cascading falls are impressive and make getting down to the falls worth the effort.
Directions: Â to Becket Ravine From the center of Becket Village on Rt-8, take Brooker Hill Road up hill for .2 of a mile. A small pull-off for one car is located on the right side of the Road. Over the embankment of hemlocks you’ll see Mill/Morgan Brook below and the Becket Ravine. Some of the abutting land is posted so be wary of trespassing on those.
Windsor Jambs in Windsor, MA
Windsor Jamb’s location is readily accessible via hiking from the lower camping and recreation area or by vehicle to a parking lot just a stone’s throw from the upper part of the jambs. However, access to the cascading rapids due to the sheer and steep rock gorge that the “jambs” flows through aptly earns its name. The height of the walls become higher as one proceedes downstream. A chain link fence follows the length on one side preventing those from falling. Although, another variant to its spelling refers to the “Jams” being unsuitable for logging due to the log jams created by the narrowing gorge.
GPSÂ CoordinatesÂ 42Â° 31′ 026” N Â Â 73Â° 59′ 034” W
Otis Reservoir Falls. Tolland State Forest in Otis, MA
The unique roar and display of Otis Reservoir Falls is readily observed during late fall and into the winter months. The waterfall source is the discharge from the Otis Reservoir above. In preperation of the winter freezing, the reservoir is drawn down until the Spring thaw when the discharge gate is closed and reservoir is refilled. Then the falls dry up. A startling contrast and reversed perception while other waterfalls are awaking with fresh winter run-off
Gps CoordinatesÂ 42Â° 09′ 034” Â NÂ 73Â° 03′ 30” W
Directions:Â to Otis Reservior
Located within Tolland State Forest these falls are easy to access and provide a thunderous show when flowing. From the center of Otis, travel 3 miles south on Rt-8, turn left onto Reservoir Road, travel 1.6 miles and turn right onto Tolland Road. Another .8 miles brings you to the Otis Reservior Dam. Park in small dirt pull off before dam. A small path leads one to the brink of the falls.
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