Franklin County offers rural charm – cozy B&Bs, craft galleries, and antique shops – plus river rafting and other outdoor adventures.
The Deerfield River offers spectacular whitewater rafting. Outfitters offer float trips on the mild side – ideal for families with children 5 or older -- as well as adrenaline-fueled runs through Zoar Gap for those with a sense of adventure. For outdoor fun on terra firma, the Northfield Mountain Recreation Area has 25 miles of hiking trails, groomed, in the winter, for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Great Falls Discovery Center in Turner Falls has exhibits about the Connecticut River watershed's rich natural, cultural and industrial history. Historic Deerfield’s mile-long street is lined with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century period homes. Shelburne Falls is home to a cluster of craft galleries and the Bridge of Flowers, an old trolley bridge that is now bedecked with thousands of blooms. The glass pavilion at Magic Wings is filled with thousands of butterflies. Clamber up the three-story Poets Seat Tower in Greenfield and you’ll get spectacular – and poetic – views of the Connecticut River Valley. To find out more about Deerfield attractions go to Deerfield Attractions
The Hallmark Museum of Contemporary Photography features the work of regional, national, and international photographers.
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