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Exploring hidden scenic drives in October.

I’ve said this hundreds of times but looking for the popular scenic drives is not always your best bet,. Sometimes just being out on the back roads can be just as beautiful as an official scenic byway. Today you can explore with me and Lisa, a scenic road that is on all the maps yet it’s not anything special. Will be covering the Pepperell covered bridge, trap falls, and Damon pond. Here is a link to route 113 and 119. And I’ve embedded a Google map at the bottom.

Peak fall foliage on back road in Peabody MA

Road through peak fall foliage

It was a warm Sunday afternoon on 16 October 2010, when Lisa and I decided to take a day trip. We thought we were on our way to southern New Hampshire to make a loop back through the Merrimack Valley and home. Well those were our intentions but as of the plans of mice and men we found our way to route 113 off of Route 3 in Massachusetts and then over to route 119 through Townsend and Ashby.

Pepperell covered bridge

Pepperell covered bridge Massachusetts found on a scenic drive

Pepperell covered bridge

We arrived in Pepperell and Lisa noted that the Massachusetts DeLorme Gazetteer had a covered bridge here. So we took a quick turn off of the main Street onto Groton Street. It’s just a short drive until you run into the Pepperell covered bridge which crosses the Nashua River.

This version of the Pepperell covered bridge was completed and dedicated in September of 2010. Amazingly enough Lisa and I found it October of 2010, looking brand spanking new. Maybe if I’m lucky I’ll get back there this fall and photograph it again but this time looking a little more aged.

The Pepperell covered bridge is only one of three covered bridges in Massachusetts still open to vehicles and it is also co-located with the Prudence Wright Overlook. For those planning an excursion through the fall colors in October, you can add in some revolutionary history by learning about the women of the revolution and Prudence Wright.

Trap falls
We continued up route 119 and arrived in Townsend Massachusetts. If you’re hungry at this point there is a really nice pizza joint (Sophia’s pizzeria) on the south side of 119 and across from it you’ll find the Townsend town common.
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As you leave Townsend West on 119 you’ll travel about a mile or two and you’ll see Wheeler road on your right. This is the last road before you get to your parking lot for trap falls on the North side of 119. If you hit Bernhardt road you’ve gone too far.

trap falls in Ashby Massachusetts

trap falls in Ashby Massachusetts

Trap falls in the right season can provide a very impressive flow of water as it has three plunges lined up side-by-side. When we found the falls the flow was decent but not exceptional but we had very nice yellow fall foliage over the three plunges. I just had someone from Fitchburg purchase one of my images of trap falls that you can see here, for more information on trap falls.


Damon pond and Willard Brooke state Park

stone arch over Damon pond runoff

stone arch over stream

Once you have explored and/or relaxed at the picnic tables at trap falls you can continue West on route 119 until you get to Hosmer road. Here you’ll make a left at the “T” intersection and drive down to the parking lot.

There is a lot to explore here and during the warmer months swimming and other activities along with trails would make for a great afternoon.

footbridge over Damon stream under the New England fall foliage

footbridge under the fall colors

There is a stone bridge that hose murder road drives over and the pond flows beneath it. This stream leads you down to a walking bridge at in the middle of October has lots of fall colors around it. There are grills next to picnic tables so making an outing here in the park is very worthwhile.

Jeff "Foliage" Folger  You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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