MASSACHUSETTS SWIMMING HOLES
(37 PLACES)

UPDATED 3/2013

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BASH BISH FALLS
(BASH)

PHOTO TO LOCAL AREA MAP
TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GREAT BARRINGTON (MA), COPAKE FALLS (NY)
LAT, LON Lat=42.115, Lon=-73.493  Source: Measured  Accuracy: Exact
Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Bash Bish Brook
TYPE Brook /Falls
DESCRIPTION

Nice walk to a spectacular falls but with NO SWIMMING enforced in all locations below the falls. The apparent place to swim is above the falls - there are several very nice, family-safe swimmable pools in the creek above the falls. There are signs at the top of the falls warning you not to approach too near the top; be sure to swim upstream of these signs so as not to get too close to the top of the falls.

The falls are right on the MA/NY state line and there is parking and access from both NY and MA. The easiest access to the falls themselves is from the NY parking area. About the only way to get to the pools above the falls is from the MA parking area. You can get to both of these parking areas from either MA or NY. See directions below.

AREAS Taconic State Park (NY), Bash Bish Falls State Park (MA), Mount Washington State Forest (MA)
SANCTION No swimming below falls
FEE None
FACILITIES Solar toilets at the falls themselves.
ACTIVITIES Swimming (above falls only)
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING

There is developed camping on the NY side in Copake Falls NY - Taconic State Park. (There is swimming here also in a water-filled quarry - roped off area with diving platform and lifeguards - $6.00 for day-use swimming.)

There is no developed camping on the MA side, but here is what a frequent camper there says (see the "LOCAL AREA MAP" above), "As for nearby camping, the 1 mi. hike (from Mt. Washington state forest HQ, which is on the MA side) to the Ashley brook primitive camp sites is easy, and the camping is fabulous. These are state approved and designated primitive camp sites with outhouse toilets. I've often camped here... and then continued on to the summit (Alander Mtn) the next day (another 1 mi.) and cruised north along the ridge on the South Taconic trail (another 3 mi.) to the Bash Bish gorge for a swim at the pools above the main falls and then jogged back along the road (4 mi.) back to the SF HQ to get my car and return for my family. Great loop that has it all... good camping... best in MA summit views... great swimming. I've camped all over southern NE... and this loop rates tops on my list". Hey, you can't get a more enthusiastic endorsement than that!

BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

Bash Bish is in southeast MA right at the border between MA and NY. It can be accessed from MA or NY:

From MA: From Great Barrington (MA), take RT 23 west to Egremont, then take RT 41 south then make an immediate right (west) onto Mt. Washington Rd. and follow signs from there to parking area for Bash-Bish Falls. Park in the parking lot for the falls (this is above the falls). From the parking lot, if you walk to the right, you will descend steeply .5 mile to the base of Bash Bish falls. No swimming there! But instead, if you leave the parking lot to the left, it is a very short walk to the creek above the falls and several swimming holes. There are signs at the top of the falls warningyou not to approach too near the top; be sure to swim upstream of these signs so as not to get too close to the top of the falls.

If you continue to drive on past this parking area, you will go into NY and be on RT 344 and come to the NY parking area. See below.

From NY: From Copake Falls (NY) on RT 22 (in Taconic State Park), take RT 344 east a short distance to the (signed) Bash Bish Falls parking area. Park and hike up .6 mile long (easy) trail to falls. There is no swimming anywhere below the falls and this is enforced. It is very difficult to get to the top of the falls from the bottom. You can get to the MA parking area at the top from the NY side - just continue to drive up RT 344 and you will enter MA and come to the MA parking area on the right.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes, 10/2003
DATE UPDATED 12/2/2003
 



BELLEVUE FALLS
(BELL)

PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS NORTH ADAMS, ADAMS
LAT, LON Lat=42.60162, Lon=-73.12599 Source: Measured Accuracy: Exact

Link to Google Map

STATE MA
WATER Unknown
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION

A commonly known local swimming hole tucked into the side of the Bellevue Cemetery in Adams. Just below the main falls is a smaller set of falls that would be fun to play in. Upstream of the main falls is an interesting area of the river to explore.

AREAS Mount Greylock State Reservation
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Jumping
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS

From the intersection of RT 8 and RT 116 in the center of Adams, travel south on RT 8 for 0.7 miles and take a left onto Leonard St. Follow Leonard St. for 0.2 miles and turn right onto Bellevue Avenue and enter the Bellevue Cemetery. Take every right hand turn while on the cemetery road and park at a small parking area beside the picket type fence PHOTO2. Follow the well worn path down the hill to the main swimming area

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 05/21/2007

 



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BUCK RIVER
(BUCK)

PHOTO1 PHOTO2  PHOTO3 TO STATE MAP
TOWNS SPRINGFIELD, NEW BOSTON, SANDISFIELD, MONTVILLE
LAT, LON Lat=42.10677, Lon=-73.10670        Source: Measured         Accuracy: Exact
Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Buck River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION

This pool is in the town of Sandisfield in the Buck River. The pool is small, about 50 ft long and 30 ft wide, with the deep swimming area being half of that. The hole is about 7 ft deep and, looking upstream, is bordered by RT 57 on the right and scenic 30 ft cliffs on the left. At the top of the pool is a 12 foot slide-style waterfall whose rocks are very slick.  There are lots of rocks to sit out on - very scenic but very near the road, so there is little privacy.  There is another pool upstream fifty yards below another water fall, this one about has a 6 foot slide that is nice for sitting in as it is only a few feet deep.

AREAS Conservancy Land
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Sliding
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS

From New Boston take RT 57 west to Sandisfield . The hole is located on the south side of RT 57 between the town post office and the town hall - a distance of about a half of a mile. The small parking area is on the north side of the road, just after you cross the bridge over the Buck River. The land on this side of the road is conservancy land so parking is legal. It is likely that the swimming hole itself is  located in the same conservancy land. The hole is located about 20-30 yards above the parking area and is directly off the road.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 12/2/2003


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CUMMINGTON
(CUMM)

PHOTO 1
PHOTO 2
TO STATE MAP
TOWNS NORTHAMPTON, CUMMINGTON
LAT, LON Lat=42.44194, Lon=-72.86903(Source: DeLorme) (Accuracy: General Area)
Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Westfield River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION

Deep, small cool (but not cold) pond in river with wide sandy beach. Several smaller beaches nearby on river. Comments from a visitor: "The pool is small, but the current is usually just right to swim against. It attracts an overwhelmingly gay crowd. Reports of sexual activity have led to severe restrictions on parking at the closest place on Route 9."

AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial (in fact, discouraged)
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING Nearby in Windsor State Forest
BATHING SUITS Optional (much nudity here; gay mostly)
DIRECTIONS

From Northampton, take RT 9 west to Cummington. About 1 mile west of the Cummington town sign, you will see a rest area on the left. This is the closest parking to the swimming place but they have restricted parking here to 30 minutes to discourage swimming here.

If you continue on another.5 miles, there is another parking area on the left. This place is not as convenient but there is no time limit here so this is the place to park if it is not too crowded (which it sometimes is). From here, walk down to the river, then walk to the left (downstream) along the rocky bank, then wade across to other side at a location where there is usually a rope or string. Go into the woods on a well traveled trail and continue generally south through the woods. (Trails diverge but generally come together again.) Where the trail forks, go left to the main beach. About a .5 mile walk total.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Partially, 7/00
DATE UPDATED 7/17/2000


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DEAN POND
(DEAN)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS SPRINGFIELD, MONSON, BRIMFIELD
LAT, LON Lat=42.10119,Lon= -72.27003   (Source: DeLorme)  (Accuracy: Exact)
Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Unknown
TYPE Pond
DESCRIPTION Said to be a "fine swimming hole" (no further description)
AREAS Brimfield State Forest, Dean Pond Recreation Area
SANCTION Official
FEE Unknown
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE (413)267-9687
CAMPING Not at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS

From Springfield, take I-90 (Mass. Pike) east to Exit 8. Take RT 32 south to RT 20 east. Go right on Monson Rd., left on Dean Pond Rd. and follow signs to Dean Pond.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 11/8/2002



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DOANE FALLS
(DOAN)

THIS SWIMMING AREA HAS BEEN CLOSED TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GREENFIELD, ATHOL, ROYALSTON
LAT, LON Lat=42.64956,Lon= -72.20264 (Source: DeLorme) (Accuracy: approximate)
Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Lawrence Brook
TYPE Falls
DESCRIPTION

A series of falls, several with pools at the bottom. After the most recent drowning at the Falls two years ago, The Trustees of Reservations has placed a ban on all swimming, wading and diving at Doane's Falls. Here is a link to further info : Doane's Falls

AREAS Doane's Falls Reservation
SANCTION NO SWIMMING IS ALLOWED AT DOANE'S  FALLS
FEE Free to all. On-site donation welcome from nonmembers.
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Hiking, Viewing the Falls
PHONE An emergency telephone is located at the reservation's main entrance next to the upper falls.
CAMPING The Trustees of Reservations manages the Tully Lake Campground on Doane Hill Road just west of Doane's Falls. Camping is not permitted at Doane's Falls itself
BATHING SUITS  
DIRECTIONS

From the intersection of Routes 2A and 32 in Athol, cross Miller's River Bridge and bear right onto Chestnut Hill Avenue (becomes Athol Road) traveling north towards Royalston. Proceed 4 mi. Entrance is on the left immediately after stone bridge at intersection with Doane Hill Road. Parking for 3 cars, plus limited road-side parking permitted. To Coddings Meadow at Lawrence Brook, look to right for gated woods road off Athol Road just before stone bridge.

CONFIDENCE WE ARE VERY CONFIDENT THAT THIS SWIMMING AREA IS CLOSED
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 1/15/2005
 


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DUCK POND
(DUCK)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS WELLFLEET
LAT, LON Lat=41.93424,Lon= -70.00500 Source: Measured Accuracy: Exact

Link to Google Map

STATE MA
WATER Duck Pond
TYPE Kettle Pond
DESCRIPTION Very clear glacial pothole in wild and scenic part of Cape Cod.
AREAS Cape Con National Seashore
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING Nickerson State Park in Orleans. None at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS

Follow RT 6 East (direction of travel is north) into Wellfleet. Look for signs for Cahoon Hollow beach. Take a right on to Cahoon Hollow Rd. Follow Cahoon Hollow Rd for exactly 1.0 miles to a dirt road on the right, just before the guard rail. From this point, Duck Pond is approximately 0.75 miles south on this dirt road. A short distance down this dirt road, there is a place to park. The road gets very narrow, though the surface is quite good for a dirt road. Suggest that you use the LAT\LON measurement shown above as a starting point. The pond is about 0.20 miles directly east of these coordinates.

CONFIDENCE Pretty Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 04/10/2007



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GLACIAL POTHOLES
(GLAC)

PHOTO  THIS SWIMMING AREA HAS BEEN CLOSED TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GREENFIELD, SHELBURNE FALLS
LAT, LON Lat=42.602478, Lon=-72.738731 Source: Measured Accuracy: Exact
  Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Deerfield River, Salmon Falls
TYPE Falls, Potholes
DESCRIPTION


NOTE: THIS SWIMMING HOLE HAS BEEN CLOSED BY THE TOWN. GLACIAL POTHOLES ACCESS IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE The Shelburne Selectboard, responding to an escalation in the number and severity of injuries (four serious injuries in two weeks) at the Glacial Potholes, has voted to close town-owned access to the area until further notice. Visitors to town are advised that there is no other appropriate way to enter this area. The viewing area for this intriguing landmark remains open.

AREAS None
SANCTION NO SWIMMING IS ALLOWED AT GLACIAL POTHOLES
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES VIEWING ONLY
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site. To the west off RT 2 there is a Mohawk State Forest campground.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Greenfield (Exit 26 on I-91) take RT 2 west about 9 mi (very scenic road) to the town of Shelburne Falls. The potholes are right in the heart of town at the end of Deerfield Avenue.
CONFIDENCE WE ARE VERY CONFIDENT THAT THIS SWIMMING AREA IS CLOSED
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 2/25/2007


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GLENDALE FALLS
(GLEN)

PHOTO 1
PHOTO 2
TO STATE MAP
TOWNS PITTSFIELD, HINSDALE, WEST WORTHINGTON
LAT, LON Lat=42.351,Lon= -72.967(Source: Topozone ) (Accuracy: exact)
Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Glendale Brook
TYPE Creek
DESCRIPTION Beautiful cascading falls with large but shallow pool at the bottom, also some pools in falls above. Popular local swimming hole.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE 413-442-8928
CAMPING None at site. The Pittsfield State Forest, on the NW side of the town of Pittsfield, has two very nice and inexpensive camping areas.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

Complicated directions but worth the effort. From Pittsfield take Rt. 9 east to Dalton then Rt. 8 south. Near Hinsdale, take Rt. 143 east about 8 miles through Peru to West Worthington. There, after you pass over the Middle Branch of the Westfield River, take a right on the road that parallels the river (sign says "River Road"). Proceed down this road 5.6 miles (but not as far as the cutoff to Middlefield) over many small bridges. At 5.6 miles you will cross over a small bridge with a concrete abutment that says "1990", this is Glendale Brook. Take a right on the road just after this bridge, which follows the brook. This road climbs up and in less than a mile you will reach the sign for Glendale Falls and a parking area.

Another approach is from Northampton, from the east: take RT 9 west (past "ORANGE DAM" swimming hole) to RT 112 south through Worthington to RT 143 west then turn left onto River Rd. and proceed as above.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes, 7/00
DATE UPDATED 7/17/2000

 


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GRANVILLE GORGE
(GRAN)


NO PHOTOS
TO STATE MAP
TOWNS SPRINGFIELD, SOUTHWICK, GRANVILLE
LAT, LON Lat=42.0753,Lon= -72.8259 (Source: Google Maps ) (Accuracy: exact)
Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Unknown
TYPE Brook
DESCRIPTION

One of our website visitors reports : "A large brook runs through a ravine next to Route 57. It is an area with several soaking pools and one large pool that you can swim across to a sunny sunbathing area on the rocks. The water is clear and cold. This place can get busy but the people are nice and respectful.  Head west along the trail about half a mile to the large pool. If you cross the brook at the clearing there is a beautiful hike up the hill and to the right. Walk along the brook west the path leads to a reservoir. I would not swim here, but itís a nice hike. I saw a place or two along the way but itís a challenge to get down the hill." The area is managed by the Southwick Land Trust.

AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, soaking
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

Travel west on route 57 out of Southwick. Look for the entrance on the right approximately 0.4 miles past the intersection with North Loomis/ Loomis Roads. Park and walk down the hill to the first soaking pool.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 01/10/2011

 


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GREENFIELD AREA
[2 PLACES]
(GREE)

PHOTOS SEE BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GREENFIELD
STATE MA
WATER Green River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Several swimming places in the Green River near Greenfield. See "Directions" below for details. Do not confuse this with the Green River that is near Great Barrington. 
AREAS None
SANCTION Varies-see below
FEE None
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Varies-see below
DIRECTIONS

GREEN RIVER [GRER]: Long-standing local swimming place in Green River near Greenfield. Unofficial place. Here is a description from a frequent user: "This site has been used nude for decades and bears the local nick-name of "Bear Ass Beach" as a grizzled old fisherman told us as he walked through with his grand daughter. As for nude use, it seems whoever arrives first sets the tone. If you wish to swim nude and clothing seems to be the order of the day, follow the river downstream for 5 minutes to the rocky beach on the right just out of sight of the dam and doff your suit. Clothing tends to be more optional on weekends. The covered bridge that was once here has been removed and a new bridge is under construction very near the site of the old bridge. Swimming here may not be possible during the construction. Very Confident. Verified. PHOTO1 PHOTO2 LAT, LON Lat=42.64651, Lon=-72.61988 (Source: Measured ) (Accuracy: Exact) Link to Google Map

From Interstate 91 South, take exit 26. In the traffic circle, exit onto highway 2 West. Go 300 ft and turn right onto Colrain Road. Since the covered bridge is out and the new bridge has not been built yet, two sets of directions are given here. To reach the eastern bank : Go past Greenfield Community College, in about 0.5 miles turn right onto Nash's Mill Rd. You will pass by the Greenfield Town Beach area described below. Follow Nash's Mill road to the end and take a left onto Leyden Road. Stay on Leyden road for several miles and turn left onto Eunice Williams Drive. Follow this until you reach the river. To reach the western bank : Follow Colrain Road for just under two miles to a fork in road; take the right fork onto Plain Road. Continue on Plain Road which becomes Green River Road. Continue until it becomes a dirt road.  Go 0.4 miles on the dirt road and park on the right shoulder just after the fenced in gate area. Follow any well-worn trail down to the river.


 

GREENFIELD BEACH [GREB]: The official town recreation area for swimming in the Green River near Greenfield. Folks in town call it 'the swimming pool". Bathing suits required. It gets very crowded on hot days. Very Confident. Verified. LAT, LON Lat=42.60566, Lon=-72.61672 (Source: Measured) (Accuracy: Exact)  PHOTO1 PHOTO2 To get there: Continue west on RT 2A through downtown Greenfield past where it crosses I-91 and becomes RT 2. Take an immediate right (north) after the rotary onto Colrain Rd. Go past Greenfield Community College, in about 0.5 miles turn right onto Nash's Mill Rd. and the swimming area will be on your left.   Link to Google Map




Road Trip Dip
CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 4/17/2010


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GREEN RIVER

[2 PLACES]
(GRE2)

 

PHOTOS SEE BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GREAT BARRINGTON
STATE MA
WATER Green River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION

HOLE ONE [HOL1] : Popular river swimming hole. It can get busy on hot weekend afternoons. One side is a farm field with no visible barn for a mile or so, and the other side is privately owned If you go later in the day (eve) it tends to be quite bucolic, especially the farther down river (away from the road) you get'. Please be careful and treat this special place gently so that all may enjoy its beauty. PHOTO1 Very Confident. Verified. Updated 3/21/2009. LAT, LON Lat=42.17905, Lon=-73.37779 (Source: Measured ) (Accuracy: Exact)                                  Link to Google Map

HOLE TWO [HOL2] : The river here is clean and cool and draws a mixed crowd type of people, college kids in spring and fall. Since the closure of the Hurlburt Rd. the size of the crowd has been cut down substantially to a handful on weekends. Some nudity especially down a path to the left where there is deeper water. Somewhat confident. Not Verified. Updated 12/06/03 LAT, LON Lat= 42.18919  , Lon=-73.38474    Source: Map Point Accuracy: Exact Link to Google Map

AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

HOLE ONE [HOL1] : From the intersection of RT 23 and RT 7 in Great Barrington, head west on RT 23 (toward S. Egremont) about 1 mile only. There's a big open field with cows on the north side of the road, and a big cornfield on the south side. MANY cars are parked on both sides of the road in the summer, so it's easy to find. If you cross the little bridge on RT 23 you've gone too far (the bridge crosses the Green River). The paths (on the south/cornfield) side of the road meander along the river. The farther you take them downstream (away from the road) the more secluded it gets, and the more it becomes distinctly clothing optional.

HOLE TWO [HOL2] : From RT 7 in the center of Great Barrington, turn onto Castle St. There are several jogs and turns on this road. You will reach a 4 way intersection with Taconic Ave on your left, Alford Rd on your right and Berkshire Heights Rd directly across the intersection. Turn right into Alford Rd and after a short stretch, bear left onto Haley Rd. At the top of the hill Highland Dr. goes to the left but go straight another 500' on Haley Rd to a gate on your left park; here beyond the gate.  The road going through to Hurlburt Rd. is now closed by a landowner. Hike through the gate and follow the road 3/4 mile to a bend where there is a mowed lawn and the river. The land is owned and protected by the town.

CONFIDENCE Varies, see above
VERIFIED Varies, see above
DATE UPDATED 3/21/2009


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HAWKS NEST State Park
(HAWK)

 
NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS HARWICH
LAT, LON Lat=41.71161, Lon=-70.04454 (Source: Map Point) (Accuracy: Exact)

Link to Google Map

STATE MA
WATER Hawksnest Pond
TYPE Pond
DESCRIPTION

Clearwater pond in an undeveloped state park.

AREAS Cape Cod National Seashore
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING Nickerson State Park in Orleans. None at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS

Follow RT 6 to exit 11. Follow RT 137 south for approximately 0.25 miles then take a right on to Round Cove Rd. Follow this road straight into the park. Hawks Nest is an undeveloped state park and the roads may be quite rough. Low profile vehicles may bottom out on these roads.

CONFIDENCE Pretty Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 04/15/2007


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HUBBARD RIVER
(HUBB)

THIS SWIMMING AREA HAS BEEN CLOSED
TO STATE MAP
TOWNS SPRINGFIELD, WESTFIELD, GRANVILLE
LAT, LON Lat=42.0566,Lon=-72.9646(Source: Topozone ) (Accuracy: approximate)
Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Hubbard River
TYPE None
DESCRIPTION Hubbard River flows over a smooth rock surface forming a nice waterfall which plunges into a deep pool of water.  There are many other small cascades and pools on a hike along the Hubbard River through its valley.
AREAS Granville State Forest
SANCTION NO SWIMMING
FEE No
FACILITIES Picnic tables
ACTIVITIES Hiking, Viewing the Falls
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING At site
BATHING SUITS  
DIRECTIONS From Springfield, go west on RT 57 through Agawam, Southwick and Granville to West Granville. About 1 mile past West Granville, turn south (left) on W. Hartland road to the Granville State Forest. The Hubbard River, picnic/sliding area, camping area and hiking trail along its valley are here. No better directions available.
CONFIDENCE WE ARE VERY CONFIDENT THAT THIS SWIMMING AREA IS CLOSED
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 01/15/2005


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HUNTINGTON AREA
[5 PLACES]
(HUNT)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS SPRINGFIELD, WESTFIELD, HUNTINGTON, CHESTER
STATE MA
WATER Varies-see below
TYPE Varies-see below
DESCRIPTION There are a number of swimming holes near Huntington off RT 20 and RT 112. See "Directions" below for details.
AREAS Varies-see below
SANCTION Varies-see below
FEE Varies-see below
FACILITIES Varies-see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Varies-see below
DIRECTIONS

From Springfield, take RT 20 west through Westfield and Woronoco to Huntington, then:

MOLTENBREY MARKET [MOLT]: Here, the West Branch Westfield River has small falls (rapids) with some deep spots. PHOTO1 The site of an old mill PHOTO2, this swimming hole has lot's of ancient debris in the water (old beams, large cut stones) PHOTO3 so be careful. Unofficial spot, bathing suits unknown. LAT, LON Lat=42.24184, Lon=-72.87135 (Source: Measured) (Accuracy : Exact) To get here: From Huntington, take RT 112 north about 0.8 miles then look for Moltenbrey's Market. Park in an unpaved lot across from the market. Follow the path at the north end of the fence to river. Very Confident. Verified. Updated 03/05/08.  Link to Google Map.

GARDNER STATE PARK [GARD]: Has a roped off swimming area in the East Branch of the Westfield River (a narrow lake at this point) with a beach and lifeguard. Bathing suits required. Pretty spot but can be a noisy (family) crowd. Fee, picnic tables, toilets. LAT, LON Lat=42.27083, Lon=-72.86636(Source: DeLorme) (Accuracy: exact) . To get there: in Huntington, go north 2.5 miles on RT 112 (past "Moltenbrey Market" hole) to C. M. Gardner State Park. Pretty Confident. Not verified. Updated 11/01/2002. Link to Google Map

KNIGHTVILLE DAM [KNIG]: Pools in the Westfield river with beaches and rock ledges. Is in an Army Corps of Engineers nature preserve. There is no fee or facilities. From the parking area there is a fire road that follows the river upstream for 8 miles. This is a popular trail for joggers and mountain bikers. As for bathing suits: Pool by parking lot - customary; pool at .5 miles - optional; pool at .8 miles - optional ; pool at 2 miles - customary (opposite campground) ; gorge at 3.5 miles - optional. The first to arrive often sets the suit precedent. The gorge is over .25 mile long with many access points down steep banks. There are supposed to be more places beyond this point. LAT, LON Lat=42.29011, Lon=-72.86144(Source: DeLorme) (Accuracy: Exact) Link to Google Map

To get here: from Huntington, go north on RT 112 (past Gardner State Park., see above), go over river bridge then 1 mile past the bridge on the right see a US Army Corps of Engineers sign. Turn right here and follow paved road; turn right on dirt road, go over small concrete bridge and continue on until this road ends in a parking lot. This is a flood control dam that seldom has water behind it. However, when in use, the road from this direction will be under water. In this case, proceed 5 miles further on RT 112 to a second entrance. The dirt road will be on your left this time. There is a popular pool right near the parking lot but more isolated ones a bit upstream with sandy beaches. Very Confident. Verified by another. Updated 11/01/2002.

GOLDMINE BROOK POTHOLES [GOLD]: Goldmine Brook is a cascading stream with several good potholes for soaking. Also called "Heavenly Hideaway". It is in the Chester State Forest. This is a very small, but intriguing place. We almost gave up looking for the actual swimming area as it was in the heat of summer and the water was all but gone. Hiking well upstream, we did find a private little pool. Interestingly, we found a piece of paper near the hole that had the hand written directions from this web page  PHOTO1 No fee or facilities. Bathing suits optional. PHOTO2 Very Confident. Verified. Updated 03/04/2008. LAT, LON Lat=42.24776, Lon=-72.9245 (Source: Measured (Accuracy: Exact Link to Google Map

To get there: From Huntington, continue west on RT 20 to about 1 mile west of the Huntington-Chester county line. Here there is a dirt parking area just east of a bridge which has a mile marker 39.160. Carefully cross RT 20 at a point about halfway between the power pole and the bridge. A barely visible rock stairway goes up the bank about 50 feet east of the bridge (climb up the bank here even if you don't see this trail). This leads to a wider trail, sometimes steep, along the stream. Go PAST the falls on the right to where a rock wall (ledge) goes out over a pool. Here there are several soaking spots. THESE POTHOLES HAVE PROTECTIVE LIPS BUT BE VERY CAREFUL - THEY ARE ABOVE A FALLS AND THE DANGER IS GETTING WASHED OVER THE FALLS.

THE ARCHES [ARCH]: This is a fascinating place with an equally unique swimming hole PHOTO1. It took me quite a while to find it, but it was well worth the effort. A stone arch bridge crosses the West Branch of the Westfield River with a sandy beach and swimming places below. The swimming area is actually quite large as it encompasses the area under two bridges. Be careful when a train passes overhead, as it may dislodge rocks from above.  No fee or facilities. Bathing suits customary. Very Confident. Verified. Updated 03/04/2008. LAT, LON Lat=42.30974, Lon=-73.0035 (Source: Measured (Accuracy: Exact) Link to Google Map

To get there: From Huntington, continue west on RT 20, past Goldmine Brook Potholes (see above) to Chester. In Chester, turn north (right) on Middlefield Rd., going along the river. At about 2.5 miles, where this road bends right and goes uphill, turn left into a dirt parking area for the Keystone Arch Bridges Trail. Park here and follow the Keystone Arch Bridges (KAB) trail PHOTO2 along the river. Follow the KAB PHOTO3 trail to the girder deck bridge. PHOTO4 At this point, you will exit the woods and be on the rocky, railroad bed; follow the railroad tracks to the right.  BE VERY CAREFUL, THERE IS FREQUENT TRAIN TRAFFIC IN BOTH DIRECTIONS. You will know that you are on the correct path when you see the maroon, metal railroad sub-station labeled Middlefield MP128.6 Elev 770' PHOTO5 About 0.25 miles past this metal structure,  just before the the track crosses the river, you will see a somewhat un-obvious trail to the right. Follow this trail and look down the steep embankment to the left. The swimming area is here. Hike down the steep hill and enjoy a very private and, when the sun is just right, dazzling swimming hole. PHOTO6  PHOTO7
There are reports of other swimming areas along the KAB trail and they are described here ;these have not been verified.  To get to the first hole, continue along the KAB trail until you reach the second bridge at approximately a mile into the hike. Go to the left where the trail meets the old railroad bed in a T intersection.  Go to the far side of the bridge and there is a small trail on the right that cuts along the ravine and then drops down.  It is a difficult scramble down to a large, flat rock, but well worth it.  Currently there is a rope to aid in descending and ascending here. There is a small waterfall on the upstream end of the pool, which is fairly large and deep, and a sandy bank across from the flat rock. Another hole is at the third bridge, about half a mile from the second bridge.  There is a small trail to the left immediately after crossing this bridge.  This pool is easier to reach, though the trail is rather steep.

CHESTER POOL [CHES]: Very near the center of the town of Chester. Very small pool in the Westfield River- wide, and long.  Secluded spot, rarely if ever used, very near the railroad tracks.  Altogether forgettable. PHOTO1 Updated 03/05/08. LAT, LON Lat=42.28471, Lon=-72.98148 (Source: Measured) (Accuracy:  Exact) Link to Google Map

To get there: From RT 20, turn onto Main St in Chester. Take the first and only left turn after going over the Westfield River bridge.  At end of road, you will be on access road for railroad tracks- turn left and go about 200 yards.  There is a steep trail that goes down about 10 feet to the river. 

CONFIDENCE Varies-see above
VERIFIED Varies-see above
LAST UPDATE 03/05/2008
 


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IPSWICH RIVER
(IPSW)

NO PHOTOS TO STATE MAP
TOWNS Topsfield, Ipswich
LAT, LON Lat=42.65382, Lon=-70.9117   Source: MapPoint    Accuracy : Exact
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STATE MA
WATER Ipswich River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION

The slow moving Ipswich River winds though Bradley Palmer State Park. Occasionally, near the small bridge, there is a rope swing, which is popular with the locals, but the park officials will often take it down. Popular with canoeists, the river is usually clean and warm If you go further east on Ipswich Road,  the river widens and there are more swimming opportunities. Most people park on the side of the road.

AREAS Bradley W. Palmer State Park, Willowdale State Forest
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE None
FACILITIES No bathrooms. There are facilities in the State Park.
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

Follow Route 1 North from Danvers and take a right on Ipswich Road. After about 1.5 miles, take a right on Asbury St. The swimming hole is located at the bridge.

CONFIDENCE Pretty Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 12/06/2003


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LEOMINSTER STATE FOREST
(LEOM)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP



Road Trip Dip
TOWNS BOSTON, CONCORD, LEOMINSTER
LAT, LON Lat=42.5217,Lon= -71.8553(Source: Topozone ) (Accuracy: approximate)
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STATE MA
WATER Pond
TYPE Pond
DESCRIPTION There are over 135 acres of surface water at five ponds, with official swimming in 1 pond (with lifeguards), hiking, biking and rock climbing (by permit).
AREAS Leominster S. F.
SANCTION Official
FEE Yes
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE (978) 874-2303
CAMPING Not at site.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Boston, take RT 2 west through the Concord area (past "Walden Pond S. R." swimming hole) and through Leominster. Then take RT 31 south (left turn) and follow signs.
CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 11/2/2002
 


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MARGARET LINDLEY PARK
(MARG)

PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS WILLIAMSTOWN, NORTH ADAMS
LAT, LON Lat=42.68676, Lon=-73.23345   Source: Measured   Accuracy: Exact

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STATE MA
WATER Hemlock Brook
TYPE Brook
DESCRIPTION

The town has dug a nice big oval in a little stream (Hemlock Brook), lined it with sand, dammed one end, added more sand for kids to have a little "beach" to dig in. Lots of very shallow stuff, but deep enough to really swim laps in and some lawn for folks to lie on, trees, a few tables, a very simple and healthy spot free to all, open dawn to dusk, lifeguards on from 10-4. The photo shown was taken in mid May; the pond has been drained for maintenance. The area did look very nice and it certainly appeared to be a convenient and bucolic place for a dip.

AREAS Taconic State Park, Mount Greylock State Park
SANCTION Official
FEE No
FACILITIES Portable Toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Wading
PHONE None
CAMPING Camping at nearby Mount Greylock State Park
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

Route 7 and Route 2 have two intersections in this part of the state as both routes share the same road for a short distance south of Williamstown. At the intersection of Route  2 and 7 south of the center of Williamstown, continue to follow RT  south. The entrance is immediately south of this intersection on the west side of the road. It is easy to miss.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 05/20/2007



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MICAHS POND
(MICA)

PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS HYANNIS, BARNSTABLE, OSTERVILLE
LAT, LON Lat=41.63863, Lon=-70.37774  (Source: Measured)   (Accuracy: Exact)

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STATE MA
WATER Micah's Pond
TYPE Pond
DESCRIPTION

In Mid-Cape Cod, there is a fresh water pond with a very high swinging rope hanging from a tree above. The rope swing is reported to be in disrepair, so use caution. Very popular with locals on a hot day. Is owned by the town of Barnstable.

AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Rope swing
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

From RT 28 in Barnstable, follow Five Corners Road south. In approximately 0.6 miles, bear left onto Old Mill Road. In approximately 0.3 miles, you will reach a fork/intersection where you must turn right to remain on Old Mill Road. (If you continue straight here, you will be on Swift Ave. You do not want to be on Swift Ave.) Continuing on Old Mill Road for a few hundred yards after the turn and take your first right on to Oakville Road. Follow Oakville Road almost to the end. You will see a small clearing in the woods to your left. You may park here near the gate in front of the wide path that leads to the pond. Follow the obvious path to the pond and the rope swing.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 03/04/2008


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MOHAWK STATE FOREST AREA
[2 PLACES]
(MOHA)

PHOTOS BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GREENFIELD, WILLIAMSTOWN, CHARLEMONT
STATE MA
WATER Varies- see below
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION .
AREAS Mohawk Trail State Forest
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Varies- see below
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING At Mohawk State Forest campground.
BATHING SUITS Optional at Whirley baths, customary at Mohawk S. F.
DIRECTIONS

From Greenfield (Exit 26 on I-91) take RT 2 west about 19 mi (very scenic road) (past "Glacial Potholes" swimming hole in Shelburne Falls) through the town of Charlemont. Then:


WHIRLEY BATHS [WHBA]: Very interesting swimming place: small waterfall, Jacuzzi-like swirling water in hollowed out rocks and deeper swimming places in Cold River. Local custom is bathing suit optional, but it is visible from the highway so you are on display in some locations. Unofficial place, no facilities. LAT, LON Lat=42.6334, Lon=-72.9314(Source: Topozone ) (Accuracy: approximate) Link to Google Map

To get there: Going west on RT 2, there is a sign when you enter Charlemont, check your odometer here- the swimming hole is 10.6 mi further on RT 2 past this sign. (If you get to the Mohawk State Forest campground, you have gone too far.) At 10.6 mi, on the right side of the road, you will see a wide parking area with guardrail. This is where the swimming hole is but now there is a sign there that says, "LIVE PARKING ONLY. UNATTENDED VEHICLES WILL BE TOWED AFTER 30 MIN". None of the other pull-offs on RT 2 have such signs. So go on further and park at the next pull-off about .5 mile west and walk back and step over the guardrail to the swimming place. Enjoy! PHOTO 1   PHOTO 2 Very Confident. Verified.

MOHAWK STATE FOREST CAMPGROUND [MOHC]: Swimming place in Cold River near campground. Continue a short distance on RT 2 to the Mohawk S. F. day use area. If you go into the day use area and drive all the way down, get out of the car and walk another 5 minutes, you will find a great pool, 50 feet long and 30 wide. This butts up to the first river loop in the campground, if you camp. Unofficial swimming place, picnic tables and toilets. Pretty Confident. Not verified. LAT, LON Lat=42.63797, Lon=-72.93608(Source: DeLorme) (Accuracy: approximate)  Link to Google Map 

CONFIDENCE Varies-See above
VERIFIED Varies-See above
DATE UPDATED 11/23/2001


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MOUNT HOPE PARK
(MOUN)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS NORTH ADAMS, WILLIAMSTOWN, SWEETS CORNER
LAT, LON Lat=42.6787, Lon=-73.2108 (Source: DeLorme) (Accuracy: Approximate)

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STATE MA
WATER Green River at Hopper Brook
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION Four foot deep swimming hole at base of small cascade.
 AREAS Mount Hope Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Picnic tables, Grills
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site. Nearby there is a Mohawk State Forest campground.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS From Williamstown, take RT 43 south. Turn east (left) onto Hopper Rd, cross bridge and turn left into parking area.
CONFIDENCE Pretty Confident
VERIFIED By another
DATE UPDATED 11/8/2002


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ORANGE DAM
(ORAN)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS NORTHAMPTON, WILLIAMSBURG
LAT, LON Lat=42.35467, Lon= -72.70070 (Source: Measured) (Accuracy: Exact)     Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Mill River
TYPE Dam
DESCRIPTION Swim in pool behind dam. Not permitted by authorities, sometimes enforced. Uncertain of the status of this swimming hole. I did visit the site and can confirm the directions, though could not find the actual swimming area.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site.
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Northampton, take RT 9 northwest just for 3.8 miles. Across from the VA hospital, turn left onto Florence St. Go about 1 mile and see a ChartPak building on the right - park all the way at the back of the parking lot on the right side and take a short path to the pool behind the dam.  Very confident on these directions.
CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 03/21/2009


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PUFFERS POND
(PUFF)

 
NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS AMHERST, SPRINGFIELD
LAT, LON Lat=42.41536, Lon=-72.51726 (Source: Map Point) (Accuracy: Exact) 

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STATE MA
WATER Puffers Pond
TYPE Pond
DESCRIPTION

The Deerfield Guide.com website describes Puffers Pond as : "This pond is famous with students at UMass Amherst and is a great place to hang out with family or friends on a warm sunny day. The pond is clean enough to swim in and it's possible to find 30 people in the pond at once sometimes when the weather is right. The pond is kept fresh due to a large stream that constantly feeds into one side of it and exits in the form of a large waterfall on the other side. Parking is a matter of finding a good place along the street that borders the pond. Many trails including the infamous Robert Frost Trail can be found near Puffers Pond so be sure to do some exploring after you leave the pond.  Please Note  The land on the opposite side of the pond from the main swimming area is private property. A recent visitor writes : "I swam across (the pond) with a friend and got out on the other side near the waterfall, and we were threatened by the owner who was eager to "get his shotgun" and presumably shoot us.  He escorted us from right by the road (where we were trying to get to), and made us swim back across the pond and get out on the other side!"

AREAS Robert Frost Trail
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS

From the intersection of RT 9 and RT 116 in Amherst, follow RT 116 north. Pass the University of Massachusetts and take a right onto Meadow St. At the second light, Meadow St becomes Pine St. Go about 1/3 mile and take a left onto State St. Just past the next stop sign, Puffers Pond will be on your left. Park wherever you can along the road. Walk to the gated entrance on the north side of the pond. The entrance will say "North Side".

CONFIDENCE Pretty Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 02/04/2006



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PUNCHBOWL
(PUNC)

PHOTO1 TO STATE MAP
TOWNS FALMOUTH
LAT, LON Lat=41.56406, Lon=-70.63526  (Source: Measured)  (Accuracy: Exact)
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STATE MA
WATER Punchbowl Lake
TYPE Lake
DESCRIPTION

The Punchbowl is located in an area called Beebe Woods conservation land.

AREAS Bebe Woods
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Rope swing
PHONE None
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

From Bourne, travel in a southerly direction on RT 28 toward Falmouth. Just before RT 28 turns east near the center of Falmouth, take a right on Depot Road and head up the hill. Keep following the road to the left. When you get to the top of the hill, the road turns to the right and you will see the Highfield Theater on your left.  Go around the theater and park in the back. Take the wide, well maintained path that starts by the boulder with the engraved words "Bebe Woods Conservation Land"  PHOTO2 Follow the signs to the Punchbowl PHOTO3. When you get to the lake, follow the path to the right to get to the rope swing.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 04/10/2007


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ROYALSTON FALLS
(ROYA)

PHOTOS BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS GREENFIELD, ATHOL, ROYALSTON
LAT, LON Lat=42.713,Lon= -72.25299 (Source: MapPoint) (Accuracy: Exact)
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STATE MA
WATER Falls Brook
TYPE Falls
DESCRIPTION

Another premier Trustees of the Reservations area, Royalston Falls is an unremarkable swimming hole  but it is an extremely interesting place to visit and explore. The hike from the parking area passes very near an old cemetery PHOTO1, and traverses ravines, large pools and a lean to before you get to the falls. The falls themselves are rather small and Falls Brook can virtually dry up by the end of the summer, but don't let this discourage you. The long, wispy waterfall drops into a deep, moss covered gorge PHOTO2 that invites exploration PHOTO3. This unique area is quite beautiful PHOTO4.

AREAS Royalston Falls Reservation
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Exploring, wading, apprehension
PHONE None
CAMPING Nearby there is a Lake Tully campground.
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

From I-91 take RT 2 east to RT 32 in Athol. Take RT 32 north past the intersection of with Routes 68. Proceed north on Route 32 to the Newton Cemetery on the right side of road. Park in the small parking area near the cemetery and follow the obvious trail into the woods. The 0.75 mil hike downhill to falls along the yellow-blazed Tully Trail (Metacomet-Monadnock trail is marked with white blazes) is rugged. Getting into and out of the gorge is tricky but will be fun for the adventurous.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 03/09/2008


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UMPACHENE FALLS
(UMPA)

PHOTO1    PHOTO2 TO STATE MAP
TOWNS SHEFFIELD, NEW MARLBOROUGH, SOUTHFIELD
LAT, LON Lat=42.09435,Lon= -73.27183    (Source: Measured )  (Accuracy: exact)
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STATE MA
WATER Mill River
TYPE Falls
DESCRIPTION

Cascading falls with several pools, falls and chutes to play in. The small swimmable pool at bottom is barely 4 feet deep. Although not a classic swimming hole, Umpachene Falls offers several areas to explore and discover. The water takes many twists and turns as it makes its way over an infinite number of small ledges, wide swaths of rock and a few larger drops. Don't overlook the area upstream from the main falls . Set in a park-like area with a parking lot, picnic tables and benches.

AREAS None
SANCTION Semi-official
FEE No
FACILITIES Picnic tables, Port-o-Let
ACTIVITIES Swimming, playing in falls
PHONE There is a 911 phone on the premises. Picking up the receiver will automatically call 911. PHOTO3
CAMPING Not at site
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

From Route 7 in the center of Sheffield, follow Maple Ave east. In a short distance, Maple Ave is  renamed as County Road. Follow this road through many curves for 5.4 miles, then take a right (south) onto Mill River Great Barrington Road. Follow this road for 1.7 miles to the T intersection with Mill River Southfield Road. Take a right a this T intersection. In a very short distance, you will come to another T intersection with Clayton Mill River Road. Take a left at this intersection. Follow Clayton Mill River Road south for 1.25 miles then take a left onto Umpachene Falls Road. Cross the small bridge over the Mill River and look to the right for the entrance to the park.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 06/08/2008


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UPPER GOOSE POND
(UPPE)

PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS LENOX, STOCKBRIDGE, LEE
LAT, LON Lat=42.2829,Lon= -73.1674(Source: DeLorme) (Accuracy: exact)
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STATE MA
WATER Upper Goose Pond
TYPE Pond
DESCRIPTION

Pristine swimming hole pond, a favorite of hot Appalachian Trail hikers, as the AT runs around the east end of the pond. A branch trail half a mile long leads to the cabin operated for hikers by volunteers from the Appalachian Mountain Club. An AMC caretaker is on duty here in summer--but the caretakers aren't there to be cops.

This comment from a regular visitor: "Upper Goose Pond is quite remote and hikers are pretty tolerant about other people's behavior, I would definitely say swimsuits optional. Only snag is that powerboats can get in from Lower Goose Pond, so at times one might need to be a little brazen. Lower Goose Pond itself has cottages and a boat ramp, so it's not very inviting."

AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE None
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Required. This is a popular boating site.
DIRECTIONS

From Lenox (in western MA, south of Pittsfield) take RT 20 southeast through Lee. In a few miles, RT 20 intersects the Appalachian Trail. Park near here and hike south on the A.T. about 1.7 miles to Upper Goose Pond. (There is a main Goose Pond also.)

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 12/06/2003


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WAHCONAH FALLS   (WAHC)

PHOTO1     PHOTO2 TO STATE MAP
TO
TOWNS Pittsfield, Dalton
LAT, LON Lat=42.48832  Lon= -73.11026    (Source: MapQuest ) (Accuracy: Exact)
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STATE MA
WATER Wahconah Brook
TYPE Brook
DESCRIPTION

Located in Wahconah Falls State Park, the deep pool is at the base of beautiful Wahconah Falls. Very easy to find and a fun place to visit and unfortunately SWIMMING IS NOT ALLOWED HERE

AREAS Wahconah Falls State Park
SANCTION None SWIMMING IS PROHIBITED AT WACONAH FALLS
FEE None
FACILITIES Picnic tables, grills
ACTIVITIES Viewing the waterfall
PHONE None
CAMPING No
BATHING SUITS Not Applicable
DIRECTIONS

Take Route 9 east from Pittsfield through Dalton.  Right on Wahconah Falls Road. When the road forks, keep right to get to the parking area. Follow the wide, well worn path to the picnicking areas.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes
DATE UPDATED 12/06/2003


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WALDEN POND STATE RESREVE
(WALD)

PHOTO1   PHOTO2 TO STATE MAP
TOWNS BOSTON, LEXINGTON, CONCORD
LAT, LON Lat=42.439,Lon= -71.340(Source: Topozone ) (Accuracy: exact) 

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STATE MA
WATER Walden Pond
TYPE Pond
DESCRIPTION

Quoted from MA State Parks web site:" Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book Walden, which is credited with helpin to inspire awareness and respect for the natural environment. Because of Thoreau's legacy, Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is considered the birthplace of the conservation movement. Park Interpreters provide tours and ongoing educational programs.

The Reservation encompasses 333 acres surrounding the pond, which is a 103 foot deep glacial kettle hole pond. 2280 acres of mostly undeveloped woods, called "Walden Woods" surrounds the pond.

The area is popular for fishing, swimming, and walking. To protect the natural resources of the area and ensure that Walden Pond remains a pleasant place for people in the future, the number of visitors is limited to no more than 1,000 people at a time. Dogs, bicycles, floatation devices and grills are prohibited. To avoid disappointment, visitors are encouraged to call the park in advance and check on parking availability.  Toilets at the  beach close at 6:00 PM and lifeguards go off duty at 5:00 PM.

AREAS Walden Pond State Reservation
SANCTION Official
FEE $5.00 Parking Fee
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE (978) 369-3254
CAMPING Not at site.
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Boston, take RT 2 west to the Concord area, then take RT 126 south and follow signs.
CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED No
DATE UPDATED 02/04/2006


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WINDSOR STATE FOREST
(WIND)

PHOTOS- SEE BELOW TO STATE MAP
TOWNS PITTSFIELD, WEST CUMMINGTON
LAT, LON Lat=42.49469, Lon=-72.98203 (Source: DeLorme) (Accuracy: General Area)
Link to Topozone Map        Link to Google Map
STATE MA
WATER Westfield River/Steep Bank Brook
TYPE Creek and Lake
DESCRIPTION

Windsor State Forest has been closed for the 2010 season. Please click here to read the notice from the DCR concerning the status of Windsor State Forest.

In the Windsor State Forest, there is a swimming place in the creek PHOTO1 plus a small, dammed up lake ("Steep Bank Brook Picnic Area") (an old ore quarry) with official swimming (lifeguard) and picnic facilities PHOTO2 .

AREAS Windsor State Forest
SANCTION Creek Unofficial, Lake Official
FEE No at creek, $2.00 at lake
FACILITIES Picnic tables and toilets at lake
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING At the site, in the State Forest
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

From West Cummington; follow signs to Windsor State Forest (Savoy Rd., River Rd.) . At about 0.2 miles north of West Cummington, there is a swimming hole in the Westfield River off to the right of the road, with a small dirt pull out place. (There may be other swimming places along here.) Further along this road is the Steep Bank Brook Picnic Area.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED Yes, 7/00
DATE UPDATED 7/17/2000

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