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Taken from a Postcard... 

 

 

Doane's Falls, 1906.  

With Mill.

 

Postcard picture "found" and submitted by Brenda Wessels.  (9/7/00)

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Taken from a Postcard.

Another Postcard picture.

Identified as "Cascade Falls", Royalston, MA.  1905.

This was an alternate name for  "Royalston Falls", note the ladder going down into the falls.

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Royalston Falls (winter)

Brenda Wessels

(6/7/2000)

Royalston Falls

Brenda Wessels

See Royalston Falls description

South Royalston

Winter in South Royalston, 1996.

Rich Monahan

(8/31/2000)

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South Royalston

Fall in South Royalston, 1995

Rich Monahan

(8/31/2000)

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Looking for the "Pot of Gold" in South Royalston

Rich Monahan

(8/31/2000)

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6 Maple Drive

South Royalston, Winter '96.

Rich Monahan

(8/31/2000)

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Excepts from Peter Chapin's Website before it was taken down, used by permission.

 

Doane's Falls

(photo by Royalston.com)

Owned by the Trustees of Reservations.  Doane's Falls is located along Athol Road in Royalston. Only a short distance north of the border of Athol the road crosses over Lawrence Brook. At that point Doane Hill Road comes in from the west. There is a small parking area between the stream and the road junction, and an obvious enough sign marking the spot.

Location 
 Royalston, MA
Stream   
 Lawrence Brook
Height   
 200 feet overall.
Finding  
 Easy with a good road atlas.
Access   
 Easy/Moderate. Short hike (0.5 miles?) with climbing.
Swimming 
 No
Basking  
 Some nice spots.
Legal    
 Owned by the Trustees of Reservations. Public access.
Overview 
 Impressive series of cascades.

 

 

Royalston Falls

(photo submitted by Brenda Wessel's, 6/7/2000).

Start in the center of the Town of Royalston, drive west on MA Rt. 68. Approx. 1.3 miles from the center of town, turn right onto  Falls Road.  It is the first right hand turn after leaving Royalston. It was marked. Follow  Falls Road for a little over 2 miles. At that point it becomes an unmaintained road.  Unless you have a four-wheel drive vehicle then start walking.  After about a mile there is a   parking area on the left that is clearly marked as Trustees of Reservations property. Follow a yellow blazed trail through rolling woods for about 0.5 miles.

ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS: 

From the intersection of Routes 119 and 32 in Richmond, NH, take Route 32 S (towards Athol, MA). A mile or two down the road ) look for a left turn onto an unpaved road named Greenwood Road, and take it.  Greenwood Road eventually forks, and the right-hand fork will bring you to the Royalston Falls parking area. A high-clearance 4WD vehicle is recommended.

Location
 Royalston, MA
Stream  
 Falls Brook
Height  
 60 feet (estimated)
Finding 
 Straightforward
Access  
 Requires hiking.About 1.5 mi. one way.Terrain easy/moderate.
Legal   
 Owned by the Trustees of Reservations. Public access.
Swimming
 No
Basking 
 A few spots on the rocks above the falls.
Overview
 Dramatic waterfall in a deep gorge. Secluded.

 

Spirit Falls.

Also owned by the Trustees of Reservations.  Sprit Falls can be reached by hiking either from the top of Jacob's ladder, (Start in the center of the Town of Royalston, drive west on MA Rt. 68. Approx. 1/2  mile from the center of town.  A Trustees Reservation sign will be on your left. It is approx. a 20 minute hike).  OR from the bottom of the hill on Doanes Road,  near the camp ground you can hike in following the brook.