WATERFALLS NEAR BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS



The waterfalls listed below represent the finest waterfalls that are within close distance of the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Each of these waterfalls is within a 90-minute drive of the city, and you can easily visit several of them in a single day.





MAP OF WATERFALLS NEAR BOSTON

Here is a map that provides an overview of the best waterfalls close to Boston.

map of waterfalls near Boston, Massachusetts

TRAP FALLS
Rating:
Ashby, Massachusetts
Trapfall Brook
0.1 mile hike one-way (easy)

Trap Falls is the the easternmost significant waterfall in Massachusetts. When the water flow is cooperating, three small but elegant plunges can be seen flowing here. A wooden bridge just downstream of the falls provides a great perspective of the falls.

Trap Falls, Ashby, Massachusetts FULL DESCRIPTION
Trap Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

DOANE'S FALLS
Rating:
Royalston, Massachusetts
Lawrence Brook
0.3 mile hike one-way (easy/moderate)

Doane's Falls is one of three sets of waterfalls you can find in the town of Royalston, which is about 90 minutes west of Boston. There are several very distinct drops here, plus a very interesting stone bridge.

Doane's Falls, Royalston, Massachusetts FULL DESCRIPTION
Doane's Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

ROYALSTON FALLS
Rating:
Royalston, Massachusetts
Falls Brook
0.8 mile hike one-way (moderate)

Royalston Falls is a 45-foot plunge that falls into a giant bowl. You'll feel a million miles away from society if you hike to these remote falls. There are two trailheads, one off of a state highway and another off Falls Road, a 4WD road that is typically in very rough shape.

Royalston Falls, Royalston, Massachusetts FULL DESCRIPTION
Royalston Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

SPIRIT FALLS
Rating:
Royalston, Massachusetts
Outflow from Little Pond
0.9 mile hike one-way (easy/moderate)

Spirit Falls is a tall and seasonal chain of cascades within the Jacobs Hill Reservation, which is managed by a nonprofit group called The Trustees of Reservation. Save this one for the spring, where the waterflow will be stronger. Bring lots of bug spray!

Spirit Falls, Royalston, Massachusetts FULL DESCRIPTION
Spirit Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

UPPER PURGATORY FALLS
Rating:
Mont Vernon/Lyndeoborough, New Hampshire
Purgatory Brook
0.3 or 1.2 mile hike one-way (moderate)

One of the best of several great waterfalls in southern New Hampshire, Upper Purgatory Falls requires either a 0.3 mile (one-way) or 1.2 mile hike (one-way), depending upon which trailhead you elect to start from.

Upper Purgatory Falls, Mont Vernon/Lyndeborough, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Upper Purgatory Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

LOWER PURGATORY FALLS
Rating:
Mont Vernon/Lyndeoborough, New Hampshire
Purgatory Brook
0.3 mile hike one-way (easy)

One of three sizeable waterfalls on Purgatory Brook, 15-foot tall Lower Purgatory Falls is reached via an easy walk from a trailhead on Purgatory Road.

Lower Purgatory Falls, Mont Vernon/Lyndeborough, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Lower Purgatory Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
Lower Purgatory Falls

GARWIN FALLS
Rating:
Wilton, New Hampshire
Outlet of the Wilton Reservoir
0.25 mile hike one-way (easy)

Visit Garwin Falls in high-water conditions for a spectacular 40-foot tall display. The falls are located on private property, but the landowners have generously allowed public access for generations.

Garwin Falls, Wilton, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Garwin Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

TUCKER BROOK FALLS
Rating:
Milford, New Hampshire
Tucker Brook
0.3 mile hike one-way (easy/moderate)

One of the most photogenic falls in southern New Hampshire, 12-foot Tucker Brook Falls can be a little bit tricky to find, but the payoff is high when the water flow is good. These falls are best visited in spring or after heavy rains.

Tucker Brook Falls, Milford, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Tucker Brook Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

SENTER FALLS
Rating:
Lyndeborough, New Hampshire
Cold Brook
0.6 mile loop (moderate)

The Piscataquog Land Conservancy manages a small conservation park in the town of Lyndeborough, and the numerous cascades and falls of Senter Falls is the highlight of that park. The falls can be enjoyed on a moderate 0.6 mile loop hike.

Senter Falls, Lyndeborough, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Senter Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
Senter Falls

THE CASCADE, MELROSE, MA
Rating:
Melrose, Massachusetts
Shilly Shally Brook
0.1 mile hike one-way (easy)

This is the closest natural waterfall to Boston. It's only worth visiting during the short snowmelt season (which typically occurs sometime between mid-March and early April in this area), or during or after heavy rains. The waterfall is within the Middlesex Fells Reservation, which is one of the finest areas for hiking near the city of Boston.

The Cascade, Melrose, Massachusetts FULL DESCRIPTION
The Cascade-Melrose

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
The Cascade-Melrose

HELPFUL LINKS

Here are some helpful links to help you explore and enjoy more waterfalls and swimming holes throughout New England:
  • Waterfalls near Great Barrington, Massachusetts > link
  • Waterfalls near Brattleboro, Vermont > link
  • Waterfalls near Burlington, Vermont > link
  • Waterfalls near Stowe, Vermont > link
  • Waterfalls near Lincoln, New Hampshire > link
  • Waterfalls near Nashua, New Hampshire > link
  • Waterfalls near North Conway, New Hampshire > link
  • Waterfalls of the Berkshires > link
  • Top 10 Waterfalls of Massachusetts > link
GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU THERE

The following guidebooks will help you discover more waterfalls throughout Massachusetts and the rest of New England:



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