Outdoor Recreation with the Best River Views in Franklin County
56 First Street, Turners Falls
With views of the Connecticut River, Montague’s award-winning facility is one of the most popular outdoor recreation areas in Franklin County! Facilities include a playground, sand volleyball court, basketball court, community garden, picnic area, ball fields and summer splash pad. Also operated by Montague Parks and Recreation is Rutter’s Park in Lake Pleasant, and Highland Park in Millers Falls.
Great Falls Discovery Center
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls
Wednesdays through Sundays, 10am-4pm
Facilities are accessible.
The perfect place for fun and learning! The Great Falls Discovery Center interprets the natural, cultural and industrial history of the Connecticut River Watershed. Housed on four beautiful acres of native plants and open lawn, the Center includes diorama displays, open habitat exhibits, fish tanks, and a multipurpose program room. The charming Great Hall was a former machine shop. Completely renovated in 2003 the Great Hall now regularly hosts art exhibits, educational programs and the monthly live-music performances. Programs and Coffeehouse musical performances are listed on the Center’s event calendar. For more information .
Biking and Hiking
The paved, 3.3 mile Canalside Rail Trail begins at Unity Park and hugs the Barton Cove shoreline, along the power canal to Deerfield. Yankee Magazine named it the “2010 Best Urban Bike Path in New England.” Download the Canalside Rail Trail map.
Montague has thousands of acres of protected land for enjoyment by the public. The Montague Department of Planning and Conservation has produced a guide to 6 areas that cover over 20 miles of trails. Each area has its own rules and it always good to be aware of hunting seasons. Please keep dogs on leash, where required.
The Dry Hill Trail System is located on over 1,000 acres of protected drinking water supply land owned by the Turners Falls Water Department, adjacent to the Montague State Forest. Two trailhead kiosks are located at Dry Hill Road and off East Chestnut Hill Road. Hannegan Brook Loop Trail (about 6 Miles or 2.5 hours) is now blazed. The Dry Hill Cemetery Trail is passable but not yet blazed.
Avenue A and 7th Street, Turners Falls
Peskeompskut Park occupies and entire town block in the Turners Falls Cultural District. Performances are scheduled in the band shell all summer. Visit Peskeompskut Park on Wednesdays (May-October) and pick-up some excellent local produce at The Great Falls Farmers Market, 2-6pm.
Fish Ladder, Barton Cove Camping and Canoeing
Northfield Mountain Recreational Area offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities along a 7-mile stretch of the Connecticut River including the Turners Falls Fish ladder, public picnic areas, camping, rock climbing and interpretive riverboat cruises. Spend the day hiking and mountain biking on 26 miles of trails. And don’t miss the terrific cross country skiing in winter months.
Barton Cove is an excellent vantage point to observe bald eagles and other water fowl. Camp at Barton Cove or rent a kayak.
Northfield Mountain Recreational Area
99 Millers Falls Road, Northfield, MA