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Doane's Falls

Athol Road, Royalston, MA 01368
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Royalston
Type: Waterfalls
Description: Descend a short streamside trail and get an up-close experience with a raucous series of plunging falls.
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English first
Nashua, NH
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

A hidden gem right in your own backyard. Either hike around Tully Lake or take the short, handicapped accessible trail to see these wonder falls. Awesome year round but best in Spring (high flow), Fall (leaf colors) and Winter (Ice formations). In winter traction (micro-spikes, crampons or snowshoes) is a must... Spend the weekend and stay at the Tully Lake... More

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Athol, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The falls have always been amazing. But, only as an adult returning to the place years later did I see it. I feel lucky to of been able to swim here while it was legal. Bring your camera and take lots of photos. The other side of the bridge has a nice view too. Spring has the most violent waters... More

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Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

So, I decided I wanted to shoot some waterfalls this summer and this is my first. Was a nice day trip and my dog had a blast. I am even thinking of going back and doing some camping at the Tully Campground.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Very nice hiking from the Tully Lake campground, 0.5 miles. The weather was perfect and our 4 year-old son enjoyed it a lot! Definitely worth the hike.

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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

What an excellent town to visit. It is like going back in time, quaint and no stores, everything is beautiful and very old. As for Doane's, there are 2 more falls that are just as wonderful. Royalston Falls and Spirit Falls. All are well worth the time for a family day trip and picnic, Doane's. for the picnic if you... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Was a great hike, awesome falls right here in MA! Some steep parts. Was very buggy in June! Nice view from the top of the hill!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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119 reviews 119 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

See three falls in half a mile on a 4% grade. Watch the little ones, though. Only rope rails on the cliff sides.

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

A wonderful hike, plenty of parking, quiet and very clean. Due to the dangerousness of the falls they are corded off so you can not go up to them, but I do wish they would trim back the trees from the trails so you can get clear views of the waterfalls. It is a shame to hike out there and... More

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Rutland, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We heard about the nice hiking trail and the waterfalls at Doane's Falls and decided to take a trip there. We were not disappointed with the wonderful waterfalls and clean hiking trails. The water was refreshing and the views were well worth the trip. You can hike for an hour or five minutes and still be alongside the water. Some... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

A great place to hike to (especially if staying at Tully Lake campground), the falls are three consecutive falls, each one further away from the road/campground. Highly recommend the Falls, a beautiful walk and great woods!

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