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Glacial Potholes

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Address: Shelburne Falls, MA
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Natural, water-created carvings in the rocks.

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Sit and Chill

Went down to the glacial potholes for the first time recently. It's such a nice place to walk to from downtown. Right off the main street, just down a short side street. Stop... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went down to the glacial potholes for the first time recently. It's such a nice place to walk to from downtown. Right off the main street, just down a short side street. Stop, sit, relax, and stare at the scenery. It's peaceful to listen to the rushing water of the falls. It's was beautiful on the crisp fall day that... More 

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Gloucester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Great place to bring a cup of coffee and a book. Relaxing and healing. You can walk on the rocks or just sit and enjoy the rushing water

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Probably worth a quick stop for interested geologists. Nearby is also the bridge of flowers and views of a small river town. There are some little artsy shops around but they have odd hours which seemed strange for a tourist stop.

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

A viewing platform provides a good view of the area, although while we were there the water level was quite low. There is a lovely history to the use of the area which is depicted on mosaics as you near the viewing area.

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Tallahassee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Heard more about the Glacial Potholes, so was expecting something a little more fascinating, however, very interesting culturally and environmentally in an otherwise beautiful area to visit. Can walk/view from the quaint downtown.

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Saxmundham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

There is something about staring at something so very old to put current cares (the US Presidential election for instance) to one side. Beautiful, peaceful and soothing.

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Carmel, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a "fun for a few minutes" spot after enjoying the Bridge of Flowers. The glacial history of this part of America is interesting for sure.

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We've always enjoyed visiting Shelburne Falls, and the potholes are one of our favorite attractions. These are perfectly round holes, carved by the glaciers eons ago; they are also sometimes called the Devil's Potholes. This is also the site of an old fishing treaty between Native American tribes, so it is definitely a place of historical significance. Part of the... More 

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Hubbardston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

These potholes were once open to the public. Now, unfortunately, they are closed off because there were too many accidents. I am lucky that when I was a kid, my father took us to swim here. I wish it was still open but it is a wonderful place to go to while you're visiting Shelburne Falls.

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MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

You just have to stand and look at the rocks and imagine the time period of when these rocks were formed. And then to look up and see that the rocks have been exposed because of the dam. Then you have to stand back, and think about why the dam was formed. When you put the two concepts into perspective... More 

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