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A Slice Of Nature In The Southern Berkshires

Excursions
Photos by Wiley Wood

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.

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