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Hidden Travel Gem: Bridge Village Heritage Park, Berkley, Mass.

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I love coming across hidden New England travel gems, especially when they are free! Not too long ago, I was driving back from Somethin’s Brewin’ Cafe in Lakeville, Mass., and came across this beautiful little spot called Bridge Village Heritage Park in Berkley, Mass. Many people come here for kayaking, canoeing and picnicking, but I just love the views of the Taunton River, the rolling hills leading to the Bristol County Agricultural School over the bridge in Dighton, and the overall peace and quiet. You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere, contrary to the close proximity of southeastern Massachusetts urban areas like Fall River, New Bedford and Taunton.

The Berkley Historical Commission created this park in 2006. While only a half acre, Bridge Village Heritage Park packs some powerful visual splendor. I can hardly wait to get back here this fall to see a different side of this park in anticipation of great fall colors!

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