Nature July 06, 2019
The Hike To This Pretty Little Massachusetts Waterfall Is Short And Sweet
Massachusetts is full of awesome hiking trails and paths, but it’s always nice when the trail you’re on spits you out somewhere spectacular. That’s just what you’ll get with this short and sweet waterfall hike. It’s a fun trek with a beautiful finish. Here’s everything you need to know to check it out.
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Royalston Falls is a little waterfall in Massachusetts that offers a big payoff for minimal effort. You'll definitely want to check this one off your hiking to-do list.
Located in Royalston along Falls Brook, the waterfall is tucked away in Royalston Falls nature preserve. This 217-acre protected space offers plenty of natural beauty and one stunning cascade.
The waterfall is a full 50-feet tall. It plunges from the top of a granite gorge and feeds a sparkling pool below. Best of all, hiking here is a relatively quick endeavor. You have to trek less than a mile – 0.8 miles, to be precise – in order to check out the falls.
Simply hop on the Tully Trail at the reservation and follow the path until it leads you past the falls. The best time to tackle this trip is in dry summer or fall weather, as the course can become slippery or muddy after rain.
When you reach the falls, you’ll be wowed by the glittering stream of water and the fine mist of spray that floats around the cascade.
Don’t get confused! Both the popular Doane’s Falls and the more hidden Royalston Falls are in Royalston, but they are actually separate cascades in different locations.
The reservation is open year-round, sunrise to sunset. You should allow at least an hour for this excursion. Stop by this majestic spot soon, and don’t forget your camera.
You can learn more about hiking this trail and checking out Royalston Falls
here. For more of the coolest waterfalls in Massachusetts, take a look at our ultimate waterfall road trip across the state.