Tag Archives: brooks

Natural Bridge State Park (North Adams, MA)

The bridges of Western Massachusetts are not just the ones you see on the roadways. But, don’t let the name fool you.  The Natural Bridge State Park has so much more to offer.

DSC_0915

Before you reach the natural bridge, a brook greets you at the entrance.

DSC_0920  DSC_0924   DSC_0925  DSC_0927 DSC_0929  DSC_0070  DSC_0072 DSC_0071 DSC_0074 DSC_0075 DSC_0076 DSC_0079  DSC_0077

Formed through series of continental collisions, erosion and the meltwaters caused by the Ice Age, the natural marble bridge is the only one of its kind in North America.

DSC_0950 DSC_0955 DSC_0962

Deep crevices and chasms were carved through the years of erosion and warming and cooling.

DSC_0960   DSC_0963   DSC_0968 DSC_0972 DSC_0971 DSC_0969   DSC_0978  DSC_0976 DSC_0961 DSC_0958

The only marble bridge in North America, the natural bridge in North Adams is located just off the The Mohawk Trail. 

Adding to the beauty of the natural bridge, the park has a waterfall.

DSC_0003  DSC_0001 DSC_0004  DSC_1014    DSC_0983  DSC_0978

The Natural Bridge State Park also has impressive views of the bridge and the park it overlooks.

DSC_0954

DSC_0942    DSC_0940  DSC_0935  DSC_0931         DSC_1007  DSC_1009       DSC_0010  DSC_0046          DSC_0053  DSC_0051   DSC_0055

There are many flowers, trees, rocks, bridges (a bridge on a bridge of all things) and even David’s Bench that give the Natural Bridge State Park a special charm.

DSC_0934

DSC_1000 DSC_0999   DSC_0981 DSC_0916   DSC_0944

DSC_0989DSC_0992  DSC_0980

During our travels, we met Sasha.

DSC_0057

Just as you think you’ve seen all the Natural Bridge State Park has to offer there is a small park area atop the walking bridge.  Statues and other structures made from the materials mined from the one time quarry rest along the top of the lofty bridge.  It capped off a perfect visit.

DSC_0015    DSC_0018 DSC_0021  DSC_0019  DSC_0028  DSC_0030 DSC_0027   DSC_0022  DSC_0039  DSC_0036


Chester-Blandford State Forest (Chester, MA)

After photographing a variety of mountainous, rocky state parks, I thought it was time to mix it up and visit a rocky, hilly waterfall.  Initially, we planned on visiting CM Gardner State Park.  But, the helpful park rangers at CM Gardner suggested something more picturesque, Chester-Blandford State Forest.

DSC_0074

Since it encompasses such a large area (over 2,700 acres), Chester-Blandford has several entrances.  The first part of the park we arrived at, Boulder Park, is a rather small area with a pond and a few ill defined trails.  But, right from the rocky steps and mossy trails at the entrance it has a unique charm.

DSC_0078   DSC_0069

The trails also have some unique walkways and structures.

DSC_0109 DSC_0111  DSC_0116  DSC_0095 DSC_0150

DSC_0154

The highlight of the park may be the deep opening off the main trail.

DSC_0091

DSC_0175 DSC_0176

Boulder Rock also has some eye catching plants and wild life.

DSC_0166 DSC_0129 DSC_0125

The pond near the end of the main trail was a nice surprise.

DSC_0143   DSC_0139 DSC_0144 DSC_0134

Boulder Rock also had its share of wildlife such as this salamander and mouse.

DSC_0104 DSC_0164

Alas, our trip to Boulder Rock was over.  But, about a mile down the road another entrance beckoned us, the main entrance to the Sanderson Brooks Falls trail of Chester-Blandford.

DSC_0183

Pitcuresque views are scattered along the Brooks Falls trail.

DSC_0231 DSC_0306 DSC_0376

DSC_0378

DSC_0188

Due to the lack of rain recently, the rapids weren’t very, well, rapid.  But, the relatively still water and rocky brook provided some good shots.

DSC_0266  DSC_0261 DSC_0251 DSC_0217 DSC_0222  DSC_0208 DSC_0288     DSC_0323

DSC_0199

Sanderson Brook Falls also had a fair share of wildlife such as caterpillars,

DSC_0236

Toads

DSC_0362

and dogs, like Loona.

DSC_0396

After a roughly half an hour trek along some rocky terrain, a number of bridges and some steep inclines, I made it to the falls.   DSC_0338  DSC_0340   DSC_0354  DSC_0352 DSC_0351  DSC_0344  DSC_0341

DSC_0370 DSC_0369  DSC_0367 DSC_0366

The brooks and falls are sure to be more active during the stormy seasons.  But, it is still impressive and worth the trip.

To get the full effect of the falls, click on the short video below.

Is there anywhere in the New England area you would like me to visit?

What are some of your favorite waterfalls?

Feel free to stop by Facebook page and like my page: New England Nomad