Royalston Falls is a 50foot waterfall and granite gorge located in Royalston, Massachusetts along Falls Brook, a tributary of the Tully River which in turn is a tributary of the Millers River. The falls are part of a 217acre open space preserve acquired in 1951 by the land conservation non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations. The 22mi Tully Trail and the 110mi Metacomet-Monadnock Trail, a National Recreation Trail, pass through the property.
Royalston Falls was once called Forbes Falls for Calvin Forbes, a local property owner in the 1800s. The falls were previously the site of a town recreation area which included a playground; it was also the location of a casino. The preserve was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Foote in 1951 and 1954; additional land was added in 2002.
The preserve is open to fishing, walking, picnicing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting (in season), cross country skiing, and hiking. A trailhead is located off Massachusetts Route 32 just short of the New Hampshire border. A second trailhead is located off the unmaintained Falls Road in Royalston.
Royalston Falls are part of a larger contiguous area of protected open space, connected by the Tully Trail and including the United States Army Corps of Engineers' Tully Lake flood control project, The Trustees of Reservations' Jacobs Hill and Doane's Falls properties, and Massachusetts state forest land. Tully Lake Campground, a 35-site walk-in and tent only facility jointly managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Trustees of Reservations, is located along the Tully Trail to the south.
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Royalston Falls Reviews
A nice little hike. The falls aren’t as big as Doane’s but still pretty. Worth a stop if you are in the area. Use bug spray as the mosquitos can get bad. more »
If you love nature then this place is a must see. Very quiet and off the beaten path. My kids love wading in the water and climbing the waterfall here. more »
Cool place. The Falls were great, timing may have played a part, heavy rains had moved through a day earlier.
A beautiful water fall. Hike is moderate and at places quite steep and wet. The main water fall is somewhat hidden, so some people are not able to reach it and they return after seeing some small falls on way. A better direction sign will be beneficial.
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