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Exploring Dighton Rock State Park in Berkley, Mass.
Article and photos by Eric H.
Just as you are about to consider this southeastern Massachusetts excursion a dead-end lesson in traveling miles to see a park forest with little scenic diversity, the end of the road reveals the beginning of something unexpected: wonderful water views everywhere and an oddly-shaped tiny museum located at the river's edge.
The far-reaching panoramic scenes of the
Taunton River and an on-site museum (open by appointment only) that
houses an 11-ft. high glacial erratic with carvings (origin unknown but
possibly Native Americans or Portuguese explorers) helps make the
85-acre Dighton Rock State Park a hidden travel gem surprise.
Grassy areas and shade provide a
pleasing ambiance for picnics (picnic tables and grills dot the
landscape) and as a scenic precursor to those marvelous water views --
including nice perspectives of the Taunton Yacht Club in Dighton on the other
side. No need for much else here: just enjoy the peace and solitude of
the park, the refreshing slightly salty air, a museum tour, perhaps
some fishing or non-motorized boating, and definitely the happy scenic
marriage between land and water. Just goes to show that when you just
add water, things come to life!
Admission is free. Dighton
Rock State Park is open seven days a week -- located near Fall River on
Bayview Rd., Berkley MA, just a few miles off Route 24 (Exit 10). For
more info or to make a museum appointment, call (508) 644-5522.
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