Mahican—Mohawk Trail Section 1: Deerfield to Shelburne Falls
ElevationAscent: 749' 228 m
Descent: -720' -219 m
High: 536' 163 m
Low: 188' 57 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 37% (21°)
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“This section stretches from Deerfield to Shelburne Falls.”— David Smith
*There's a wonderful opportunity to step back in time and picture the history of the trains that went over this once magnificent trestle.
If you make it to the end of the bridge, you'll be at the marker for Polly's Crossing. The trail turns right to run into a small view spur that takes you to the edge of the Deerfield River. The trail climbs a small ridge up to Conway Station Road; stay right. Here, the trail reaches a closed section. The maps indicate that the new route follows Conway Station Road. The road passes by a few access spurs along the hydro-electric dams.
The trail follows Bardwell's Ferry Road and crosses the bridge. Please use caution on this one lane bridge. It turns left, then follows along the left side of the tracks. Stay off the tracks; running on the tracks isn't permitted. The trail turns to cross over the tracks at an easy to miss spot. It crosses a low area (below the trestle) that may be impassable during high water.
This section (along the river) is rocky and difficult to navigate; use caution and watch your step. Please remember that camping isn't permitted along this section due to rapid changes in the water levels. The trail abruptly ends at the stream in a small gorge; please plan an alternate route to complete a thru-hike. Mass.gov hasn't updated their site to reflect this change and there aren't any signs (on location) to properly notify you of this closure.
Fauna: Crow, Freshwater Mussels, Crayfish.
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