For Picnics: Massachusetts’ Chesterfield Gorge

River Rd., off Rte. 143, Chesterfield, Massachusetts The dramatic power of nature is demonstrated here, where the action of ancient

Glacier meltwater originally cut this chasm through metamorphic rock. Today the east branch of the Westfield River courses through the gorge.

River Rd., off Rte. 143, Chesterfield, Massachusetts

The dramatic power of nature is demonstrated here, where the action of ancient glaciers and the erosive force of the Westfield River have cut a gorge about 100 feet deep through solid granite. The river today cascades between vertical cliffs into a deep green pool.

The gorge lies hardly 50 yards from a road running through farmland that offers no hint as to the powerful natural forces that created it. The ample parking and picnic facilities are a further invitation to stop off here.

Open April through November from sun up to sun down.  Admission free on weekends.

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Did you know?
During the Revolutionary War the redcoats marched toward Boston, following their defeat in Saratoga, New York, over a bridge that once spanned the Chesterfield Gorge. Its stone abutments still remain.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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