Many years ago when I was in high school, Liz & I took their little sailboat around Upper Shawme Pond one beautiful summer day. She maneuvered the boat into this little cove to show me the little dam and waterfall between the upper and lower ponds. I never forgot that day, because it wasn't a place that was really accessible to most people. I never got to see it again.
A few years ago the town spent about a million dollars to rebuild the whole thing, putting a large dam, walkway and herring run between the two ponds. I finally found the access road off Grove Street, although you can also use a trail that runs behind Quail Hollow out near the elementary school.
You can't see the waterfall anymore although you can hear it under the bridge. That's the new herring run, or fish ladder, going into the lower pond.
Wildflower seeds were scattered all over the hillsides. It looks amazing in person.
Dock in the upper pond.
Never knew it was called the Cook Farm Dam or that it was built in 1812.
I headed down the path into the woods a little way and went down to the upper pond's edge. We got married on the other side last August.
Totally worth the detour off the main road to see this!