Bridge of Flowers

Massachusetts

Bridge of Flowers Facts

States: Massachusetts
Counties: Franklin
Length: 0.08 miles
Trail end points: Water Street (Shelburne Falls) and State Street (Buckland)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6349361
Trail activities: Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Bridge of Flowers Description

The Bridge of Flowers is a 400-foot-long former trolley line bridge that has been converted into a garden pathway. Open from April 1 to October 31, the bridge spans the Deerfield River between Shelburne Falls and Buckland. The trains ran here from 1908 to 1928, but, since its transition to a pedestrian pathway, the Shelburne Falls Area Women's Club Bridge of Flowers Committee has been tending to the gardens for more than 80 years.

Parking and Trail Access

Directions below from Shelburne Falls Website:

From the East: Follow Route 2 for 12 miles from the Greenfield Interstate 91 rotary (Exit 26). Turn at the sign "2A West, Shelburne Falls, Buckland", by the Sweetheart Restaurant. Another quick left, following the "2A West" sign, brings you to Bridge Street. Drop by the Village Information Center at 75 Bridge Street, across the street from the Bank of Western Massachusetts.

From the West: Turn at the "2A East, Shelburne Falls" sign onto State Street for .6 of a mile into the Buckland side of the village. Additional parking is available up the hill toward the Salmon Falls Marketplace. On your left, just before the railroad tracks, is a large parking area; follow the signs.

Bridge of Flowers Reviews

Well it has been a few years since I last visited, this is one of my favourite finds. It was also my introduction to False Blue Indigo. Quiet simple it is one of those places I will always remember and I've toured some spectacular gardens in Canada, the US and England. There is just something about taking what could have been a eye-sore and making it into something loved for 80 plus years. Cheers.

This bridge is very pretty. It is still beautiful in the Fall. It is on the way to the Hairpin Turn in North Adams. I think everyone on Route 2 on the way up there should stop by.

I stumbled upon Bridge of Flowers while camping in Mass a few years ago. A friend and I were randomly exploring the countryside and noticed a random sign off a random road. "Bridge of Flowers? That could be fun." We headed into town, found a parking spot, and walked to the bridge. The flowers were amazing, beautiful, fragrant and just so well kept. I stayed for a good hour trying to grab the "perfect" shot. But each time I took a picture, I would turn around and find yet another, even more beautiful flower. I can't wait to get back up in the area to enjoy the garden, and to explore the Glacial Potholes (just down the river a bit), for a second time. Jeff C, GetOutsideNJ.com "Not all of Jersey stinks"

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