Natural Bridge of New England Waterfalls (Hudson Brook Chasm)

Natural Bridge State Park / North Adams, Massachusetts, USA

About Natural Bridge of New England Waterfalls (Hudson Brook Chasm)


Hiking Distance: almost roadside
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Date first visited: 2013-09-29
Date last visited: 2013-09-29

Waterfall Latitude: 42.70757
Waterfall Longitude: -73.09292

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The Natural Bridge of New England really pertained to the natural bridge formation that was unique in that it was composed of marble.

In fact, during our visit to this park, we noticed there were remnants of quarries to extract marble and export them during a time when the material was in high demand.

Natural_Bridge_NA_081_09292013 - Waterfall in the state park dedicated to the Natural Bridge of New England
Waterfall in the state park dedicated to the Natural Bridge of New England

But in any case, the real reason why we’ve included this entry amongst the ensemble of New England Waterfalls was that Hudson Brook was responsible for carving out the marble-fringed Hudson Brook Chasm.

This chasm contained several waterfalls deep within its gorge, including the man-made one spilling over a marble dam.

This gorge also contained the namesake Natural Bridge of New England, which was a feature we wouldn’t have otherwise expected to see in this part of the United States.

So really, those waterfalls gave us to excuse to talk about the unusual geological formation while also showing off some of our photos of the gorgeous scenery to be found here, including the Autumn colors.

Experiencing the Natural Bridge of New England

Natural_Bridge_NA_056_09292013 - Looking through the namesake Natural Bridge of New England
Looking through the namesake Natural Bridge of New England

There was an admission fee of about $2 per vehicle, which was payable at the visitor center by the parking lot (see directions below).

After surrendering the fee, we then walked a very easy path that initially traversed a lawn before going onto a well-developed boardwalk.

Along the way, some interpretive signs as well as points of interest besides most of the signs helped us learn about the area.

Amongst the initial sights were the marble dam forming the wide waterfall that was spilling over it.

Natural_Bridge_NA_008_09292013 - Looking across a former marble quarrying area backed by beautiful Fall colors at the Natural Bridge of New England state park
Looking across a former marble quarrying area backed by beautiful Fall colors at the Natural Bridge of New England state park

We also had nice panoramic views over the site of a former marble quarrying operation, which happened to be bathed in Autumn foliage colors during our late afternoon visit.

Shortly thereafter, there was a bridge where we could look right down into the narrow but turbulent gorge while also looking upstream directly right at the marble waterfall as pictured at the top of this page.

But then, the path continued a short distance downstream where we eventually saw some steps descending right towards one side of the opening of the natural bridge.

The trail would continue to go around the bridge before descending another series of steps with a view of the natural bridge from further downstream.

Natural_Bridge_NA_036_09292013 - Looking down through the front side of the Natural Bridge of New England into the chaotic depths of its gorge
Looking down through the front side of the Natural Bridge of New England into the chaotic depths of its gorge

Unfortunately, given the natural bridge’s position, it wasn’t easy to get the attractive shots of blue skies contrasting and proving in the photographs that it was indeed a bonafide natural bridge.

There were also other historical remnants of the old quarrying operation such as some pipes spanning the narrow gorge.

Overall, given that the walks here were mostly fenced off to shield people from the many dropoffs, we let our daughter walk on her own while keeping a close eye on her.

We ended up spending nearly an hour here, and most of that time was spent leisurely checking out the sights without so much time spent on the hiking (more like strolling).

Authorities

The Natural Bridge of New England resides in the Natural Bridge State Park near North Adams in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. It is administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Natural_Bridge_NA_003_09292013 - The visitor center for the Natural Bridge State Park
Natural_Bridge_NA_004_09292013 - Julie and Tahia heading over to the Natural Bridge as we followed the signs onto a pretty gentle walking path
Natural_Bridge_NA_009_09292013 - The overlook of a former marble quarry site (the white cliffs on the left) backed by Autumn colors as seen from the walkway leading to the Natural Bridge of New England
Natural_Bridge_NA_018_09292013 - Looking more to the left of the overlook of the former marble quarry site to reveal more of the effects of that quarrying operation at Natural Bridge of New England
Natural_Bridge_NA_037_09292013 - One side of the span of the Natural Bridge of New England where the walkway took us right down next to its opening
Natural_Bridge_NA_049_09292013 - Tahia and Julie going down to the overlook on the other side of the span of the Natural Bridge
Natural_Bridge_NA_054_09292013 - Looking towards the narrow span of both the gorge and the span of the Natural Bridge of New England above it
Natural_Bridge_NA_060_09292013 - Remnants of the old quarrying operation could be found around the Natural Bridge as exemplified with this bridge
Natural_Bridge_NA_063_09292013 - Julie and Tahia on the walkway to explore other parts of the Natural Bridge of New England
Natural_Bridge_NA_068_09292013 - More remnants of the old quarrying operation between the man-made waterfall and the Natural Bridge
Natural_Bridge_NA_071_09292013 - Looking down at the curvy spiral formations in the Hudson Brook Chasm down below the bridge leading us closer to the marble-dam waterfall
Natural_Bridge_NA_075_09292013 - The man-made marble waterfall as seen from the man-made bridge
Natural_Bridge_NA_083_09292013 - Angled look down at the man-made marble waterfall showing that it was indeed not a natural waterfall
Natural_Bridge_NA_084_09292013 - Beautiful Autumn colors were almost peaking during our visit to the Natural Bridge of New England
Natural_Bridge_NA_091_09292013 - Looking back towards an idyllic building near the parking lot for the Natural Bridge of New England

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We drove to the Natural Bridge of New England, which was near the town of North Adams so we’ll describe the driving route from there.

From the town of North Adams at the intersection of Veterans Memorial Dr / Union St (Route 2) and Eagle St (Route 8A), we headed east on Route 2 for about 0.7 miles, then we veered left to leave Route 2 and continue on Route 8 for about 0.5 miles.

At that point, we turned left to get onto McAuley Rd, and we followed this road to its end in 0.5 miles at the Natural Bridge State Park.

For context, North Adams was 21 miles (under 45 minutes drive) north of Pittsfield, 45 miles (over an hour drive) east of Albany, New York, 141 miles (under 3 hours drive) west of Boston, and 173 miles (3.5 hours drive) north of New York City.

Left to right sweep from the footbridge fronting the Marble Dam and its waterfall. Video ends off by panning up and down the gorge to the dam.


Right to left sweep looking down into the gorge before looking up through opening of the marble natural bridge


Right to left sweep starting with the opposite side of the opening of the natural bridge then panning along the gorge until it ends at the staircase and pipes

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