where wonder happens
Glendale Falls
pioneer-valley Middlefield, MA
60 acres
Photo Credit: MJ Hardy Photography

Visit wild and rocky Glendale Brook and follow one of the state's highest and longest waterfalls as it plunges dramatically to the Westfield River.

What makes Glendale Falls a special place?
Fed by more than five square miles of watershed, Glendale Falls is one of the longest and most powerful waterfall runs in Massachusetts. In spring, the waters of Glendale Brook roar over steep rock ledges to join the Middle Branch of the Westfield River, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River.

Forest Delight
The surrounding forest includes hemlock, birch, and beech with an understory of maple, hornbeam, witch hazel, shadbush, and mountain laurel. Across Clark Wright Road, a logging road tracks a natural wet meadow along Glendale Brook.

Trails
A quarter-mile trail leads to the bottom of the falls and a 0.3 mile woods road leads south to land owned by the Massachusetts Division of Fish & Wildlife. Moderate hiking, strenuous in places.

When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of half an hour.

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