New England Waterfalls


Fitchburg, Massachusetts

RATING: 2.5 / 5.0 stars (Good) Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts (see below for larger image and additional photographs)
STATE: Massachusetts
COUNTY: Worcester
TOWN: Fitchburg
PARK: Falulah Park (city of Fitchburg-owned property)
PRIVATE PROPERTY: Yes (however, visitors appear to be frequent & tolerated)
TYPE: Cascades, horsetails, and slides
HEIGHT: Upper falls is 7 feet; middle falls is 6 feet; lower falls is 3 feet
TRAIL LENGTH: To upper falls, 0.5 mile one-way; to middle falls, 0.7 mile one-way; to lower falls, 1.25 miles one-way
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate
HIKING TIME: To upper falls, 15 minutes one-way; to middle falls, 20 minutes one-way; to lower falls, 40 minutes one-way
ALTITUDE GAIN: Down 100 feet to visit all three falls
WHEN TO VISIT: April to November
SWIMMING: Upper Falls: Not Possible
Middle Falls: Not Possible
Lower Falls: Good
DELORME ATLAS: 2004: Page 26, I-6&7 (the falls are not marked on the MA atlas)
DOGS ALLOWED: Not allowed (public water supply)
COST TO VISIT: Free (as of 2017)
LENS TO BRING: Upper falls: Wide-angle (14-35mm)
Middle falls: Wide-angle (14-35mm) and/or standard (35-70mm)
Lower falls: Wide-angle (14-35mm) and/or standard (35-70mm)
GPS-TRAILHEAD: Ashby West Rd trailhead: 42.610000, -71.827333
GPS-WATERFALL: Upper falls: 42.602667, -71.820667
Middle falls: 42.613000, -71.818500
Lower falls: 42.610500, -71.813500
COMPASS: Upper falls: 160° excluding declination (the falls face north)
Middle falls: 90° excluding declination (the falls face east)
Lower falls: 40° excluding declination (the falls face southeast)
INCLUDED IN BOOK?: No, the falls are not currently included within the guidebook
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From the trailhead on Ashby West Rd, walk 0.3 mile along the dirt road in front of the parking area and take a left onto a double-yellow blazed trail. Only 50 feet thereafter, the trail will cross a footbridge. About 0.1 mile beyond the footbridge, you'll reach a fork. Fork right to stay on the double-yellow blazed trail (a single-yellow blazed trail heads left). In other 0.1 mile you'll reach another footbridge that crosses over the upper falls. At this point you are 0.5 mile from the trailhead.

To continue to the middle falls, cross the footbridge at the upper falls and take a left. Follow an olive-green blazed trail downstream with the brook on your left. The 6-foot tall middle falls will be on your left after hiking 0.2 mile downstream of the upper falls. The middle falls lie about 300 feet downstream from where a tributary connects with Scott Brook.

To continue to the lower falls, follow the olive-green blazes for 100 feet downstream of the middle falls and then take a left onto a dirt road, with the brook out of sight at this point. After hiking along this dirt road for 0.1 mile, the brook will appear again. The falls are 0.4 mile downstream from this point. Continue hiking downstream while staying on increasingly rougher paths that stay within 100 feet of the brook. The paths end at the lower falls and the pool that resides below them.


From MA 2 in Leominster, take exit 31. Follow MA 12 north (which starts as North Main St but soon turns into Water St) into downtown Fitchburg. In downtown Fitchburg, take a right to continue on Water St as it crosses a bridge over a set of railroad tracks. After you cross the bridge, take a left onto Main St. Drive 1.0 mile west on Main St (bearing left to stay on the road after 0.5 mile) and turn right onto Ashburnham Hill Rd. Drive 1.4 miles on Ashburnham Hill Rd (bearing right at 0.6 mile to stay on that road) and then turn right onto Ashby West Rd. Follow Ashby West Rd north for 0.5 mile and a small parking area will be on the right. There is currently a sign here that states "NO TRESPASSING" but people still seem to park there.

To get to Leominster, take MA 2 west from I-95 or MA 2 east from Greenfield.



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Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts
the middle falls of Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts

Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts
the upper falls of Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts

Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts
the lower falls of Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts

Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts
the upper falls of Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts

Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts
the upper falls of Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts

Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts
the lower falls of Scott Brook Falls, Massachusetts


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Here are some tips to help ensure that your trip to New England's waterfalls and swimming holes will be a safe and enjoyable one:
  • DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS - When you visit waterfalls, you should consider bringing all of the following: (a) bug spray; (b) food/snacks; (c) water/sports drinks; (d) camera/smart-phone; (e) guidebook/trail map; (f) daypack/backpack; and (g) hiking shoes, hiking boots or watershoes. A full day hiking packing list can be found here.
  • CONSIDER BUYING WATER SHOES - You won't see too many people using them, but watershoes are fantastic pieces of equipment that can make your trip to waterfalls and swimming holes safer and more enjoyable. Merrill and Keen make some fantastic watershoes (here are some great ones from Merrill: womens / mens).
  • LEAVE NO TRACE - When you visit waterfalls and swimming holes, you'll often see some trash and sometimes you'll even find clothing left behind by others. It's really, really sad, and it irks the heck out of us. Won't you consider carrying out some of trash and clothing left by others when you leave? That would leave the spot more beautiful for the next person. Bring a trash bag and be a hero!
  • PRIVATE PROPERTY - Many waterfalls and swimming holes are located on private property and so we are truly fortunate that many landowners allow us to enjoy them. If you want to ensure that they stay open to the public, please do your best to leave no trace. If you see a sign that says 'Private Property', turn around and find another waterfall to visit or a different place to swim.
  • BRING A DSLR CAMERA AND TRIPOD WITH YOU - If you want to take high-quality photographs of waterfalls, your smart-phone just won't cut it. Get a DSLR camera, a tripod, and learn to master the art of waterfall photography.
  • SCOUT FIRST, SWIM SECOND - Never enter a swimming hole without first scouting it, even if you see somebody else swimming in it. Stop and access the risks based upon the depth of water, the power of the current, evidence of slippery rocks, and other safety factors.
  • CLIFF JUMPING - Cliff jumping is dangerous. Like, seriously dangerous. Understand the risks before you partake in this activity. Many have died from doing this in New England. Here is a list of all known deaths at waterfalls and swimming holes in New England.
  • PLEASE DON'T BUILD ROCK CAIRNS - Please do not build new rock cairns at waterfalls or swimming holes. Cairns are a strong reminder of human presence, and don't we all want to see waterfalls in their natural state and glory? Photographers get particularly annoyed at seeing cairns, so please resist the urge to build them.
  • DON'T RELY ON YOUR GPS TO GET YOU TO THE TRAILHEAD - Waterfalls don't have addresses, so relying on your GPS to get you to a trailhead is great way to get yourself lost. You need a guidebook, a road atlas, and/or a hiking map to visit the vast majority of waterfalls in New England. Also keep in mind that waterfalls are often located in wild areas, where smart-phone map apps and car GPS units may not work at all.
  • WATERFALLS IN SPRING - The best time to visit waterfalls is generally in the spring during the annual snowmelt (which is April to June). However, most waterfalls will often look great for several days after a significant rain storm.
  • HELP KEEP THE ULTRA-SECRET SWIMMING HOLES A SECRET (FOREVER) - If you find some ultra-secret swimming holes, please do your best to keep them a secret. Do not post their locations online or wildly share directions or photos with others. All of the swimming holes that are included in the guidebook and online through this website are the well-known swimming spots. There are many more holes that are much further off the beaten path, but they deserve a chance to stay wild and pristine.
  • DON'T SCRAMBLE UP WATERFALLS - So many people been seriously injured and killed in the waterfalls of New England. Many of these folks got too close to a waterfall and slipped and fell. Don't become a statistic: stay far back from the edge.
  • WEAR TRACTION IF YOU VISIT WATERFALLS IN WINTER - Visiting waterfalls in winter can be rewarding, but there is often a higher element of danger. You may need crampons, snowshoes, and/or some other form of traction (like Microspikes) in order to safely hike to waterfalls in winter.
  • SUPPORT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT CONSERVE WATERFALLS & SWIMMING HOLES - There are some organizations in New England that work diligently to conserve and maintain waterfalls and swimming holes. Please consider supporting these organizations, either with their trail maintenance projects or with monetary donations. Here are three excellent organizations engaged in this extremely important mission: the Trustees of Reservations, the Vermont River Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy.


Here are some helpful links to help you explore and enjoy more waterfalls and hikes throughout New England:
  • Waterfalls of Connecticut = link
  • Waterfalls of Maine = link
  • Waterfalls of Massachusetts = link
  • Waterfalls of New Hampshire = link
  • Waterfalls of Rhode Island = link
  • Waterfalls of Vermont = link
  • Best Waterfalls in New England = link
  • Best Swimming Holes in New England = link
  • Top 25 Day Hikes in New England = link
  • Top 25 Family-Friendly Day Hikes in New England = link
  • Waterfalls Near Boston, Massachusetts = link
  • Waterfalls Near Lincoln, New Hampshire = link
  • Waterfalls Near North Conway, New Hampshire = link
  • Waterfalls Near Stowe, Vermont = link
  • Waterfall Photography Tips = link


In addition to the New England Waterfalls guidebook, there are several other guidebooks that can help you find waterfalls and swimming holes:
  • Vermont Waterfalls (1st Edition: 2015) = link
  • Hiking Waterfalls in New England: A Guide to the Region's Best Waterfall Hikes (1st Edition: 2015) = link
  • Waterfalls of the White Mountains: 30 Hikes to 100 Waterfalls (2nd Edition: 1999) = link
  • Connecticut Waterfalls (1st Edition: 2014) = link
  • Rodrick's Guide to Vermont Waterfalls, Cascades & Gorges (1st Edition: 2014) = link


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