Beaver Brook Falls
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||Beaver Brook Reservation
||Dam, cascades and a plunge
||30-foot total drop including dam
||-20 feet to observation platform
|WHEN TO VISIT:
||March to April
||Not Possible and/or Prohibited
||Page 40, G-14 (unmarked)
|INCLUDED IN BOOK:
||Yes (Included in appendix with limited information)
|COST TO VISIT:
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As much as we would like to proudly state that there is an excellent waterfall very close to Boston, it just would not be true. There are a few small falls that may or may not be worth a visit to you, though, depending on the extent of your love of falling water. Beaver Brook Falls in Waltham is one such example. Here you will find a dam with some small cascades and a culminating 6-foot plunge. The final plunge would be photogenic, but thick vegetation along both sides of the brook make photography very difficult. Overhanging trees also obscure portions of the falls.
The overall site is far from spectacular, but if you are looking for a good picnic area while in town, this place can deliver that. There's a pleasant little pond here, and plenty of space to throw around a Frisbee. As a final note, you will want to make sure to visit this one in early spring as water is not likely to flow over the dam in high quantities outside of that season.
From the parking area, head downhill to the left of Duck Pond. You'll soon find a short trail that starts off paved and then quickly turns into a rocky trail. The dam and the small falls below are only 0.1 mile away from the parking area. There is a nice observation platform with railings near the base of the falls. The dam is clearly visible just upstream.
There are other trails visible from the parking area, but they are all very short. If you were to hike about 0.75 miles in total, you would cover just about all of them.
From I-95 in Waltham, take exit 28 for Trapelo Rd. Take Trapelo Rd east towards Belmont for 3.8 miles and turn left onto Mill St. Follow Mill St. for 0.2 mile and park on the left in a paved parking area off the side of the road that can fit about six cars. There is currently a sign here stating ?Beaver Brook Reservation (Established 1893)?.
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