Massachusetts Nature, Waterfalls December 10, 2016
7 Gorgeous Frozen Waterfalls In Massachusetts That Must Be Seen To Be Believed
You may already know that Massachusetts is filled with gorgeous waterfalls that are beautiful summer hiking destinations, but you may not have realized that these cascades are just as gorgeous in the winter. As soon as temperatures drop, many of our state’s waterfalls transform into crystalized works of art. Take a look at some of these breathtaking frozen natural wonders from across Massachusetts.
1. Trap Falls, Ashby
Trap Falls in the Willard Brook State Forest, Ashby, is perfectly magical in the winter. Hiking around this area feels like stepping into a storybook.
2. Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington
Bash Bish Falls is the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts, and it transforms into a jaw-dropping icy sculpture under the right conditions. The sight of this frozen cascade is truly breathtaking. Not all trails in Bash Bish State Park are open year-round, so check with the park service before you go.
3. Holland Glen (Hop Brook), Belchertown
Situated in Holland Glen, this little waterfall drops about 15 feet and is absolutely stunning in the snow and ice. If you're lucky enough to catch it completely frozen, be sure to snap a few pictures. Hiking to this spot will only take you about 15 minutes from the parking area.
4. Oxford Falls, Oxford
These falls are manmade, but that doesn't detract from their beauty. Small cascades like these tend to freeze more easily, so you'll have a better chance of seeing the waterfall completely glazed over.
5. Mill River Cascades, Northampton
The Mill River in Northampton doesn't normally completely freeze over, but the icy rapids along its rocky course can be crusted with glittering ice and snow under the right conditions. The sight is truly gorgeous.
6. Vine Brook at Wilson Mill, Bedford
This waterfall looks absolutely stunning when it's dressed up in sparkling snow and glittering icicles. Wilson Mill has been around since 1635, so this is also one of the most historic sites in Bedford.
7. Forbush Mill Dam, Bolton
The crystallized waters of this cascade look like a sheet of diamonds. You can find this waterfall in Bolton's Pond Park Mill Site, which offers several stone paths to explore.
If you decide to visit any of these waterfalls, please be respectful of any safety rules. Check trail opening and closing dates to ensure you can reach the falls.
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