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Race Brook Falls

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Race Brook Falls

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Flintstone1234 wrote a review Sep 2020
Simsbury, Connecticut168 contributions48 helpful votes
This is a beautiful hike that includes two awesome waterfalls. There is a tiny parking lot that holds approx. 10 cars. It is at 716 S. Undermountain Rd; Sheffield, MA. The trail starts with an easy 0.2 mile walk from the parking lot to a fork. To the right of the fork is a fairly steep 0.3 mile hike to the "first falls". The last 0.1 mile gets a little confusing since some trees are down. Just keep going in approximately the same direction (or aim for the sound of the waterfall). It's a beautiful view of the waterfall from the bottom, or one can go a bit farther and climb some very difficult boulders to go higher. Starting back at the fork 0.2 miles from the parking lot, the left trail goes to the "upper falls". It is approx. 1.0 miles from the fork to the falls. It is a steep, bumpy hike, crossing the river a few times. After the first river crossing the trail makes a "U" turn to the left immediately after the crossing. After reaching the falls, one can continue approx. 0.5 miles to the campsite, then another 0.2 miles to the intersection with the Appalachian Trail (AT). It's a total of approx. 1.9 miles from the AT to the parking lot.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Richard T wrote a review Oct 2019
New Jersey234 contributions17 helpful votes
Starts off relatively flat then a decent ascent. Our dog loved it. Lots of chipmunks. Perfect place to spend a few hours.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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demuslee wrote a review Oct 2018
156 contributions24 helpful votes
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After doing the Bash Bish falls ... we were looking for another similar experience. This was more of a hike with a trail to find and follow. Like all trails you have to be concious about the path and signage. The trail was beautiful crossing little water streams to get to the majestic falls. We did the easier lower falls because of time. The falls were beautiful with a large fall at the end which leads to several small water rock falls. I would recommend hiking shoes as the terrain is muddy and there are sharp rocks that could hurt your feet if not properly equipped. The entire walk was only 1 mile round trip and was very enjoyable.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Lynn L wrote a review Apr 2018
Griswold, Connecticut311 contributions34 helpful votes
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Pictures do not do this place justice. It’s a place you must see with your own eyes. We chose the shorter trail due to time constraints, but it was worth it. We could barely believe our eyes. Spectacular and beautiful
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Date of experience: April 2018
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AshBernadette88 wrote a review Sep 2017
Colorado Springs, Colorado1,221 contributions298 helpful votes
My husband and I took our dogs and hiked this trail on a cool, September morning. This is definitely one of the harder hikes we've done in Massachusetts. From the parking lot to the junction to the lower falls, the trail is wide and smooth. However, from here, the trail quickly becomes steep and rocky with plentiful tree roots crossing the path. The grade remains steep all the way to the upper falls and onto Race Brook campsite. From here, we decided to hike 0.2-miles further to the Appalachian Trail and onwards to Mt Everett. The trail at this point is less steep but still quite rocky. The views from the summit aren't great, but the summit is wide and perfect for resting. I'd recommend this hike only for those in fairly good physical shape. While it is not a technical climb, and there are bright blazes on the trees that are easy to follow, hikers do have to cross several streams and navigate through rough terrain. The entire hike is about 6 miles round-trip, and the trail gains about 1800 feet in elevation from the parking lot.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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