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Shop with a view of the riverWhether you're spending just one day here or enjoying an extended stay in the area, we have shopping options to suit every taste. No matter how long you visit, don't leave without something special to remember your time here.

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Memorial Hall Old PhotoMemorial HallWestern New England has a rich history dating back to the first colonies in New England, and before that, centuries of Native American lore. Shelburne Falls is built around Salmon Falls, a traditional fishing site where Native Americans filled their larders with salmon spawning upstream from the Connecticut River. The tradition continued through the Industrial Revolution, with early metal foundries and factories harnessing the power of local rivers to produce tools and machinery for early farmers. Today that history is celebrated in museums and historical societies in many of the area towns.

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Salmon Falls Artisan ShowroomPhoto courtesy of Salmon Falls Artisan ShowroomYou name it, some artisan is probably creating that special art piece right here in these hills.

With a deep tradition of artistry and craftsmanship, the area now has an exciting assortment of art and crafts that range from the beautifully traditional through the practical to the forward edge of exquisitely modern and innovative design.

Every medium is represented here – from metal to glass, stone to fabric, oils to clay, or wood to wool – all for you to experience while you're in our region. This is a landscape peopled by those who have used their hands for centuries and now are joined by the next wave of craftsmen and artists. Come discover the arts and crafts inspired by the beauty and tranquility of these hills cross-pollinated with the urban and international.

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mochamaya-pano 23924 group playing at Mocha MayasShelburne Falls and the surrounding towns flourish with culture and entertainment to meet any taste. Boasting a nationally recognized classical concert series, poetry series and local live theater, the area fills out your entertainment dreams with current and classical movies, plays, and even live broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera in a 420-seat opera hall. A local symphony orchestra and chorus provide opportunities for you to listen and also participate in showcasing your musical talents.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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The Shelburne Falls area offers endless opportunities to get out and play in all four seasons!

Tent campingWith activities ranging from whitewater adventures, to wooded trails for hiking and biking, to great skiing to zip-line canopy tours, the greater Shelburne Falls area is ready for action!

Bring a bike and explore the woods or hit the roads exploring the area’s charming town centers. Road bikers will find the hills challenging going up and exhilarating coming down, while mountain bikers will find adventure on our back wooded trails.

Snow lovers have their choice of groomed downhill or semi-flat cross-country trails. Snowmobile riders take over the mountain bike trails in the winter.

Summer offers swimming, boating, and fishing opportunities on our many lakes and rivers.

Explore some of our local guides and outfitters below, or keep scrolling down for general area information, including trails, forests, and water access.

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More Recreation

Zip lining at Berkshire East in Charlemont, MAPhoto courtesy of Zoar Outdoor, Charlemont, MAThe area is well known for its sports & recreational activities. There are state parks, accessible private and public land, trails for hiking, biking, snow mobiling, cross country skiing, etc. Rivers and streams meander between the hills, offering plenty of water activities.

Sign Up For a Race

  • The Bridge of Flowers 10k Classic & Steve Lewis Subaru Charity 3K Run & Walk takes place every summer right in downtown Shelburne Falls. Sign up for a family fun run or the full 10k, then later relax and enjoy the Bridge of Flowers, Glacial Potholes, or the stores, galleries, and restaurants in town.
  • Join The Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon in the spring and challenge yourself to run, bike, paddle, ski or snowboard, and complete an obstacle course. You can conquer the race solo or round up a team of up to five people to compete.
  • Hike at High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary
    High Ledges offers incredible views. High Ledges Info
  • Mountain Biking and Hiking the new Charlemont Trail System Photo courtesy of Berkshire East, Charlemont, MA

Explore Outdoor Recreation by Town


Ashfield Lake, Ashfield, MAAshfield Lake, Ashfield, MA


The Charlemont Trail System consists of over 25 miles of multi-purpose trails that can be accessed from several points in Charlemont. Bikers or hikers can start at the Warfield House, Berkshire East, or Zoar Outdoor and access all the trails with minimal road crossings. Trail maps are available at Zoar Outdoor or Berkshire East.

Conway via Buckland


Other Local Recreation Areas


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Shelburne Falls is the business district shared by the towns of Buckland and Shelburne. Once a prime Salmon fishing spot for native Americans, the village gradually emerged more than a century ago as a manufacturing community centered around industry on the Deerfield River. The village experienced a revitalization in the 1980s and 1990s, and unlike many similar communities, evolved and continues to be a vital downtown with a growing reputation as an arts community.

The village resisted the "urban renewal" trend of the 1950s and 1960s, which has left our generation with an historic, turn-of-the-century setting for a unique mix of locally owned businesses.

It's a village where you can buy either a head of iceberg lettuce or a hand-blown glass vase!

Shelburne Falls is home to the world-famous Bridge of Flowers, which attracts more than 35,000 visitors a year, as well as the Glacial Potholes, a curiously beautiful rock formation. The Shelburne Falls Trolley Museum celebrates the village's transportation heritage.

Most everything in the village is within walking distance, so if you're planning to spend some time in the village -- and we hope you do! -- we encourage you to park in one of the free public parking lots off Bridge Street. (Follow the Parking signs, or see the location on the village map.)