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Doane's Falls, Royalston

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Doane's Falls is a series of five waterfalls located in Royalston, Massachusetts along an 0.2-mile (0.32 km) section of Lawrence Brook, a tributary of the Millers River. The falls are part of a 46-acre (19 ha) open space preserve acquired in 1959 by the land conservation non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations. The 22-mile (35 km) Tully Trail passes through the property.


The preserve is open to fishing, walking, picnicking, and hiking only; swimming and wading were banned in 2002 following a series of diving injuries and deaths. Canoeing and kayaking are allowed upstream from the falls along Coddings Meadow, a flatwater section of Lawrence Brook.


Doane's Falls are part of a larger contiguous area of protected open space, connected by the Tully Trail and including the United States Army Corps of Engineers' Tully Lake flood control project, The Trustees of Reservations' Jacobs Hill and Royalston Falls properties, and Massachusetts state forest land. Tully Lake Campground, a 35-site walk-in and tent only facility jointly managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Trustees of Reservations, abuts the west side of the Falls property.
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  • Great spot to visit for great views and peace. Hiking around the area is an option or just relax and enjoy the views.  more »
  • Nice waterfall that is probably much larger in the spring with the thaw. It is a short easy walk from the parking area.  more »
  • This was a short drive from Ware, MA. The trail was very steep going down to the falls, but I think we entered from the steep side. I read other reviews that mentioned two ways to enter and I would...  more »
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  • The waterfall is beautiful. It's a short steep walk down to the 5th drop of the fall. Making it a bit of a climb back to the parking area. Mosquitoes are busy so come prepared. Overall, time well spent.
  • An enjoyable visit. If in the area a must stop.
  • I used to live in that small town you with a quiet town
  • This place is wonderful. Each section of falls has it's own character. The sounds of the falls are powerful because there was a good amount of water flow here even though some others we had visited were low on water.
  • Very scenic falls and a trail. A short hike away from the parking lot.
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