where wonder happens
Chesterfield Gorge
pioneer-valley Chesterfield, MA
166 acres
Photo Credit: MJ Hardy Photography

Experience this imposing gorge carved by a National Wild and Scenic River, then choose from great fishing, hiking, and biking options just downstream.

What makes Chesterfield Gorge a special place?
We think it’s the way this remarkable natural formation allows visitors to experience both the region’s geologic past and its recreational potential. The ancient rock emerged from the seabed a half-billion years ago, then was carved for thousands of years by glacial action and roaring meltwater. Today, this stretch of the Westfield River attracts walkers and cyclists, photographers and anglers.

This dramatic rock canyon features 70-foot-high walls carved by centuries of rushing water from the East Branch of the Westfield River. On your hike of the half-mile trail along the cliff tops, you'll take in breathtaking views of the gorge, the river, and the surrounding forest, which nurtures hemlock, ash, and oak, and is home to bears, bobcats, and turkeys.

Chesterfield Gorge is the entrance to an extensive natural recreation area along the Westfield, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River for its strong ecological and recreational values.

Trails
A half-mile trail runs along the top of the Gorge. Easy walking. The trail from the parking lot connects to the East Branch Trail (also known as River Road), popular with day hikers and mountain bikers, which follows the river another seven miles, beyond Bliss State Forest. This longer trip leads to the broad basin above Knightsville Dam, a massive Army Corps of Engineers flood control project.

When to Visit
April 1 to December 1, daily, 8AM to sunset. Allow a minimum of ½ hour.

Facilities
Seasonal public restrooms. Picnic tables.

bird-watchingbird-watching
cross-country-skiing-snowshoeingcross-country-skiing-snowshoeing
huntinghunting
mountain-bikingmountain-biking
dog-walkingdog-walking
fishingfishing
walking-hiking-easywalking-hiking-easy
picnickingpicnicking
restroomrestroom
private-function-rentalsprivate-function-rentals
  • Regulations & Advisories
  • History
  • Private Functions
Announcements & Alerts

There are no alerts or announcements at this time.

The Hike Trustees Challenge
Take our Hike Trustees challenge and see just how far you can go. Get outside, win prizes.
Discover More Places
Chapel Brook
Ashfield, MA

Bear Swamp
Ashfield, MA

Glendale Falls
Middlefield, MA