Gunn Brook Falls
Sunderland, MA

RATING: 3.5/5.0

Gunn Brook Falls
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STATE: Massachusetts
COUNTY: Franklin County
TOWN: Sunderland
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Plunges
HEIGHT: 35-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Gunn Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: Roadside
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate
HIKING TIME: Not applicable
ALTITUDE GAIN: -40 feet to base of falls
BEST TIME TO VISIT: April to June
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 35, A-22 (unmarked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Included in Guidebook Appendix
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted

THE FALLS:

Gunn Brook Falls consists of two plunges, each roughly 15-20 feet in height and 8 feet in width. The first plunge is a treat. It is possible (and quite easy) to walk right up to the falls, sit down on rock seat that Mother Nature carved, and savor clear mountain water falling from above. The second fall is similar, except it lacks the natural seat. With caution, it is easy to stand on the top of either plunge. These particular falls are heavily covered in moss, especially on the left side of the entire formation. With attentive parenting, this waterfall can be great for children. They will love playing in the chilly but gentle waters that will fall all around them. Make sure to bring your camera and tripod to this one; some of our favorite photographs were taken here. The green moss surrounding the falls boosts the chance for a great waterfall snapshot.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

An apparent trail leads somewhat steeply down to the base of the falls. Some scrambling is required, but nothing too difficult. There are other rumored waterfalls downstream, but accessing these would require a bushwhack of unknown difficult. There is always the chance that these additional falls lie on private property, so please be respect of any landowners wishes if you spot any signs.


DIRECTIONS:

From the junction of MA 47 and MA 116 in Sunderland, take MA 47 north for 1.4 miles and take a left onto Falls Rd. Travel on Falls Rd for 1.0 mile and you come to Chard Pond on the right. Immediately thereafter, take a right onto Gunn Cross Rd. Gunn Cross Rd. is a dirt road with no street sign posted. Continue for 0.2 mile to a small parking area on the right. The falls are just downstream of the road on the right. In addition, take note that Slatestone Brook Falls is very close nearby, in fact only a mile further up Falls Rd. To get to Sunderland, take I-91 north from Springfield or I-91 south from Greenfield to exit 24 in Whately. Follow signs to MA 116 south and follow MA 116 south to its junction with MA 47.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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