One Down and Eight to go
Saturday afternoon the sun came out and I ran for the car. I had several different options but would only have time for one. A drive to Royalston MA to visit Doane’s Falls was the winner. There are 9 waterfalls on the Ultimate Massachusetts Waterfall Road trip. Doane’s Falls was my number one choice. It was close (2 hours). A doable afternoon trip.
What Waterfalls are on the list?
- Doane’s Falls, Royalston, MA
- The Cascade, North Adams Ma
- Wahconah Falls, Dalton, MA
- March Cataract Falls, Williamstown, MA
- Bash Bish Falls, Mt Washington State Park, MA
- Race Brook Falls, Sheffield, MA
- Umpachene Falls, New Marlborough, MA
- Campbell Falls, New Marlborough, MA
- Glendale Falls, Middlefield, MA
Stone Bridge and Waterfall
I found the Falls with little trouble. The roads are paved and easy to navigate. No need for off-roading or mudding here. There is limited parking but if you can park in the little lot the Falls start right there. The water spills out of the culvert under a lovely stone bridge. You probably just drove over the bridge to get to the parking lot.
You can hear the falls before you see them. Just a few steps onto the trail and you can see the racing water poring out of the culvert. When I walked back to the road and looked on the other side of the bridge the brook was quite calm. It’s an amazing contrast.
Doane’s Falls Recap
The drive to Doane’s Falls was pretty easy. I only made one wrong turn and that was quickly corrected. Once on the right road the falls themselves are clearly marked. It’s warming up ans the flying, biting critters are starting to come out. I hadn’t thought of that. Next trip to a waterfall will mean bug spray (extra strength), a hat, and snacks. Fast food and lunch places are few and far between once you leave Framingham behind.
I didn’t get all the way to the bottom of the trail. I think there are more falls and rapids further down but the giant mosquitoes drove me back. This will be really pretty in the fall. With a little less water and the colored leaves. I definitely need to plan a return trip.