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Chesterfield Gorge

Address: River Road, Chesterfield, MA 01012
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Experience this imposing gorge carved by a National Wild and Scenic River, then choose from great fishing, hiking, and biking options just downstream.
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George Town, Grand Cayman
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautiful place for hiking, walking, just enjoying nature at its finest. Can't wait to visit again when we have more time.

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Acre, Israel
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I visited the area with a friend. We went all the way to the barrier at the end and climbed down the rocks. Messed around/took photos. Then we looked for a way into the water with easier access. We surrendered our bodies to the frigid rapid water. Be careful! You could easily get pushed down the gorge to who knows... More

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Delaware
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is a nice quiet place enjoyed by my whole family. My kids have been going here since they began walking. Water shoes and time to play in the stream a must. Fishing is good too.

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Keene, New Hampshire
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Located just off Rte 9 in Chesterfield, NH, this is a short (0.7 miles round trip if you stick to the trail), pretty walk to a series of small cascades. Low fences allow you to look over the edge of the gorge without having to worry about falling.

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Charlton, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was a great little day trip with the kids. The path along the fence was a little steep in places but was fun for my older ones, who are 10 and 11. I chose to take my 2 year old on the flatter path and walked back on the road. You could use a jogger type stroller if needed.... More

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Westfield, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Especially in fall. Access to gorge is denied. There is dirt road that parallels it and the stream all the way down to the Knightsville reservoir & dam. I walked a few miles of it and it is easy going for the most part. Piece of cake on a trail bike. Above the head of the gorge is a small... More

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San Francisco, California
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133 reviews 133 reviews
67 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

If you are traveling with a family like we did, the shorter trail should be nice. Just follow the fence for about half a mile until you get to the small overgrown path leading directly to the river. If you did not bring a swimsuit, you can still take off your shoes and wade into the water or find a... More

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northampton, ma
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134 reviews 134 reviews
9 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Along the General Lafayette Trail, Route 143 West, you will come to the center of Chesterfield, Massachusetts. Just past the town hall, there is a normal looking side road, Ireland Street, and up a bit on River Road a small parking lot. It's hard to believe what's down the rocky hill from it. A natural wonderment. Steep rock ledges and... More

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Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

High above the river gorge is a pathway to walk and explore. It is steep for kids and you need to be careful. But it is so beautiful and natural that it is worth a look see. Bring a lunch, sit and enjoy!

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houston
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Rushing boulder strewn creek, falling yellow leaves, a mossy primeval forest and a vigorous walk. This short outing added a special dimension to our fall weekend in New England.

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