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Exploring the Bridge of Flowers, Glacial Potholes in Shelburne Falls, Mass.

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Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls MA (photo by Eric)

The one-of-a-kind Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Mass., is a must-see New England travel attraction as this former trolley bridge features 400 ft. of more than 500 varieties of flowers, shrubs and vines! The best times to see the Bridge of Flowers: the spring when flowers bloom, summer when everything seems to be in bloom, and in the fall when the surrounding foliage lends an added depth to an already beautiful location.

The Bridge of Flowers continues to grow from donations and the work of local volunteers, with colorful displays from approximately April to October. Additionally, you’ll find many things to do on either side of the bridge — the Norman Rockwell look of the small downtown Shelburne Falls features locally-owned shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants, while tiny Buckland  offers McCusker’s natural food coop, the West End Pub with lunch, dinner and great water views, and Mo’s Fudge Factors with great fudge and Bart’s homemade ice cream.

On your way out of town, be sure to see the Ancient Glacial Potholes Geological Wonder at the end of Deerfield St., in Shelburne Falls, where, according to a local sign, potholes were “ground out of granite during high water of the glacial age.  By whirlpool action of water and gyrating stones of varied sizes. Some of the grinding millstones may still be seen in the smaller potholes. Over 50 such exist in this confined area known in Indian Days as “Salmon Falls.” These potholes vary in size from 6 inches to 39 feet in diameter. The latter being the world’s largest pothole of record.”

All we can say is that these potholes are much more welcoming than the ones you see on Massachusetts roads!

Ancient glacial potholes, Shelburne Falls, Mass. (photo by Eric)

Be sure to see these two amazing attractions in one of New England’s most quaint villages. We leave you with some additional photos to inspire a visit…

Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Mass.
Flowers with the Deerfield River in the background at the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Mass. (photo by Eric)
Nice time of the day at the Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Mass. (photo by Eric)
A view of the Bridge of Flowers at twilight, Shelburne Falls, Mass. (photo by Eric)
Salmon Falls separates Buckland and Shelburne Falls, Mass.
Downtown Shelburne Falls, Mass. (photo by Eric)

The Bridge of Flowers is located off Wilson St., downtown.

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