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Central MA

Doane’s Falls

Royalston

46 acres

Peter Marotta

Descend a short stream-side trail and experience a raucous series of plunging falls.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • What You'll Find
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

Doane’s Falls on Lawrence Brook grabs your attention by tumbling from under a picturesque stone bridge in a frothy frenzy to Tully Lake.

The reservation is named for Amos Doane who, in the early 19th century, owned land in Royalston. He built a mill—50 feet long and more than four stories tall—above the falls to manufacture doors, sashes, and blinds. Though Doane’s venture eventually failed, a series of previous mills—grist, saw, pail, and fulling—had successfully operated on the falls.

 

Swimming, Diving, and Wading Ban
Swimming, diving, and wading at Doane’s Falls have led to fatalities and serious injuries over the years.

To balance the fullest and safest use of our properties, we generally rely on a range of measures, from the display of informational and cautionary signs to the placement of physical barriers to prevent access to certain areas. However, for your protection, The Trustees now prohibits these inherently risky activities at this property.

Ideas for Your Visit

A half-mile trail leads down both sides of the stream, offering great vantage points as Lawrence Brook drops and swirls, its water continually rushing over and along mid-stream boulders, flat granite slabs, and small islands.

Just upstream awaits Coddings Meadow, a quiet clearing amid surrounding woodlands with fine views of the brook in its quiet-water state. Be sure to bring your paddle: the meadow serves as an easy launch site for canoeists and kayakers looking to explore the upper stretches of the intimate river, encountering occasional beaver dam as the water winds through a red maple swamp.

The Trustees manages the Tully Lake Campground on Doane Hill Road, just west of Doane’s Falls.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all

Directions

Athol Road
Royalston, MA 01368

Tully Lake Campground:  978.249.4957 (seasonal)
Email: info@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 2, Exit 18, follow Rt. 2A West into Athol. At intersection with Rt. 32, cross Miller’s River Bridge and bear right onto Chestnut Hill Rd. (becomes Athol Rd.) north toward Royalston. Proceed 4 mi. to entrance and parking (3 cars) on left. To Coddings Meadow at Lawrence Brook, walk 0.5 mi. down gated woods road off Athol Rd. on right just before stone bridge.

What You'll Find

Trails
A half-mile trail leads down one side of the stream. Moderate walking, strenuous in places. A three-quarter-mile woods road leads to the 14-acre Coddings Meadow along side of Lawrence Brook. Doane’s Falls is a link in the Tully Trail.

Property Map

You can download a trail map of the 22-mile Tully Trail before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

Swimming, Diving, and Wading Ban
Swimming, diving, and wading at Doane’s Falls have led to fatalities and serious injuries over the years.

To balance the fullest and safest use of our properties, we generally rely on a range of measures, from the display of informational and cautionary signs to the placement of physical barriers to prevent access to certain areas. However, for your protection, The Trustees now prohibits these inherently risky activities at this property.

Hunting Advisory
Seasonal hunting is permitted on the Coddings Meadow parcel associated with this property subject to all state and town laws.

Other Regulations
Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.

No Swimming
While beautiful, the depth of the pools at Doane’s Falls is not safe for jumping or swimming. We do not allow swimming at this site.

Please practice ‘leave no trace’ principles when visiting this Trustees property and plan to bring any trash home with you.

Before Setting Out
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Camp Nearby at Tully Lake

Relax by a pristine shoreline and spend the night under the stars in this beautiful corner of the world.

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The View From Here
See What People Say

Beautiful place for a day hike. Water falls will take your breath away.

Nanciepg, Trip Advisor

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