Spirit Falls is a two-tiered waterfall in the Jacob Hill Reservation—yet another waterfall lying on property managed by The Trustees of Reservation. No single part of the falls is over 10 feet, but collectively the outflow from Little Pond drops a total of 80 feet. Not really worthy as a single-destination trip, as this waterfall is seasonal and limited in its beauty, but Spirit Falls can be added with other strongly recommended natural features in the area—specifically, Doane’s Falls and Royalston Falls.
There are several areas of poison ivy close to the trail, and every time we have visited, we have been attacked by swarms of biting black flies. Also, be aware that some steep scrambling is required if the entire falls are to be explored.
From the parking lot, follow the trail in front of you, which will occasionally change back and forth from a yellow-blazed trail to a blue-blazed trail. After 5 or 10 minutes, you will come to a small and muddy body of water. Make sure to bear right here and continue following the yellow and blue blazes, which will guide you the rest of the way to the falls.
The first set of falls is about 40 feet tall, and it would be easy to assume your trip is complete here. However, you can continue scrambling downstream over the next 0.1 mile to additional falls that are just as impressive, or perhaps more so than the falls above.
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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