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The village of Ashley Falls sits in the middle of old agricultural land in the broad and fertile floodplain of the Housatonic River, a few miles from Massachusetts’ southern border with Connecticut. On the west edge of town, jutting up from the floodplain and forcing the river to make a long, looping bend around them, stand a pair of rocky knolls whose jumble of calcareous marble and acidic quartzite forms a haven for a wide diversity of plants and animals. This is the Bartholomew’s Cobble nature preserve.

Walking the wooded trail that winds from the visitor center...