Goldmine Falls ( lower )
Chester, MA 390K
|Both upper and lower Goldmine Falls are little gems which are actually very easy to reach being about only 100 yards from a main highway. I visited the falls in October and found plenty of water running indicating that they may run well year around. Be assured that the effort to visit both of these falls is well worth it. These obscure waterfalls appear to be visited infrequently and only by nature enthusiasts who are probably not going to be trashing their rugged environments.|
|Goldmine Falls (upper)|
42° 14' 48" N .... 72° 55' 31 " W
650 ft. above sea level
Located in a undeveloped area of Chester- Blandford State Forest. Both upper and lower Goldmine Falls are only 100 yards from the highway Rt-20. Hiking boots and a desire to explore their undeveloped location , no trail or sign indicate their existence. Slippery moss covered rocks and other hadzards exist, so be cautious. Swimming is not applicable, no fires or camping.
Goldmine Brook Falls Chester, MA
From Chester center, drive east on Rt-20 for 4 miles. After 2.5 miles you'll go pass the parking area for Sanderson Brook Falls on the right. Continue on Rt-20 which will make a long sweeping curve. Just as Rt-20 starts to straighten you'll be looking for a large cement bridge/culvert with large boulders uphill. You'll find an unimproved parking pull-off on the Westfield River side in a short distance. If you go by the Roadside park on the right, you've gone too far. Bushwack up the forested hill, following Goldmine stream up on the left side, it's easier to get above the lower falls to the upper falls on the left side.