A short stroll from the road will bring you to Mossy Glen; a series of pools, slides and cascades set among heavy growth of several moss species. Thin sheets of water drop at low-angles here. There is also a pool with a whirlpool current, and a nicely crafted pine bridge, which adds much visual appeal to the hike.
Be sure to read the historical sign affixed to the ceiling of this pine bridge. For additional fun on your return hike, cross back over the bridge and take the trail on the left to the mossy covered stone steps of the Mossy Glen Amphitheatre. The Randolph Mountain Club, a volunteer-based organization deeply involved in trail-work and backcountry lodging in the area, continues to use this location on occasion for meetings and gatherings.
The trail to the falls begins by traveling up a dirt road marked by a sign for the “Groveway.” After passing by two houses on your left, take a right onto the trail. You will pass a mossy amphitheatre and shortly thereafter cross nicely constructed pine bridge. The bridge was built in 1968 and is “a New England copy of one seen in Nepal by Louise Baldwin and Miriam Underhill.” After crossing the small bridge, take a left onto a trail marked by a sign for “Glenside to Bee Line via Mossy Glen.” The upper falls are only 100 feet up this trail. On our visits to Mossy Glen, the trail connecting the lower and upper falls has been very muddy.
Directions for this particular waterfall are not posted online. Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.
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Photo generously provided by Tommy Jordan.