Royalston, MA 275K
|Royalston Falls rugged terrain surrounding the 55' falls, represents a remoteness that that's not easily come by in Massachusetts. However, for the fleeting chance of finding your spot for an afternoon of solitude requires only a moderate hike, depending on which entry you use. The western entry runs downhill for about .75 of a mile. However, viewing from this side also is not as accessable and return is uphill. The eastern entry requires stealth in your car, picking a line, avoiding some loose boulders, not impossible for a car, but better for SUV's and 4x4's, especially during wet/muddy seasons. Once there , the eastern entry is quicker and easier to walk. The viewing at the falls is better and has protective cable as a railing. This is a place that requires respect around the edges.|
42° 42' 54"N .... 72° 14' 44"W
915 ft. above sea level
Operated by Trustees of the Reservation. Free Admission. No camping, fires permitted. Swimming not applicable.
Directions to Royalston Falls. Royalston, MA
Western entry point
Off Rt-2 in Athol take exit 17 and then Rt-32 north into Athol center for 2.5 mile. In the center of Athol, after you cross the Millers River Bridge bear left follow Rt-32 from the center of Athol for 8.5 miles , you'll past Tully Lake Recreation area, when Rt-68 connects for West Royalston you'll have only 1.7 mile left to go, Trustees of The Reservations sign will be on the right along with an old cemetery, an unimproved parking area for several cars. Your about a 30 minute hike or .75 of a mile from the falls.
Eastern entry point (The Eastern/ Falls Road approach is for Summer access and unimproved road vehicles only.)
Off Rt-2 in Athol take exit 17 and then Rt-32 north into Athol center for 2.5 mile. In the center of Athol, after you cross the Millers River Bridge bear left follow Rt-32 from the center of Athol for 8.5 miles , you'll past Tully Lake Recreation area, when Rt-68 connects for West Royalston. Take your right onto Rt-68 headed east towards Royalston. Drive east 2.3 miles and turn left onto Falls road. Falls road is maintained for the first couple of miles but turns into wash out, rocky road. Drive 3.3 miles to a grassy pull off at top of hill. The hike to the falls from here is approximately .3 of a mile or 15 minutes.