Royalston Falls
Royalston, MA

RATING: 3.5/5.0

Royalston Falls
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STATE: Massachusetts
COUNTY: Worcester County
TOWN: Royalston
PARK: Royalston Falls Reservation
TYPE: Plunge
HEIGHT: 45 feet
WATER SOURCE: Falls Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.5 mile, plus road walk (see notes)
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate
HIKING TIME: 20 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: -150 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 24, C-11 (unmarked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: Cascade Falls, Forbes Falls

THE FALLS:

The most interesting part of this waterfall may be the cylinder-shape gorge that the water flows down into. Some have speculated that the gorge was created by a retreating glacier from the last Ice Age. It seems doubtful that the normally calm waters of Falls Brook could have created such a rugged place through erosion, but streams and rivers change over time and therefore this is the most viable explanation.
         The falls themselves are also quite a treat. This 45-foot plunge drops off a flat rock ledge. You can either view the falls from behind safety cable wire fences or by standing on a firmly planted rock at the top of the falls. You can also cross the brook and scramble downstream for wonderful new views of the gorge and falls if you are comfortable in doing so.
         Royalston Falls is one of three waterfalls located on properties within the town of Royalston that are managed by the organization called The Trustees of Reservation. The other two waterfalls, Doane's Falls and Spirit Falls, should be added your itinerary if time permits.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) 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.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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