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Central MA

Jacobs Hill

Royalston

173 acres

Climb through a forest of beech, hemlock, and birch to reach an unparalleled wilderness vista, then explore Spirit Falls as it rolls down the mountainside.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

At Jacobs Hill, forest-covered trails connect two spectacular ledges and afford truly unspoiled views of Tully Mountain, Mount Grace, and the Berkshire Hills. Down below, glimpse Long Pond and the East Branch of the Tully River, which winds slowly toward Tully Lake. Little Pond, a classic northern bog whose concentric rings of black spruce and tamarack surround open water and a mat of sphagnum moss, lies at the eastern edge of the reservation.

Ideas for Your Visit

Moving south along the trail, a stream tumbles and weaves 200 feet down the ridgeline over a quarter-mile, creating Spirit Falls. To reach The Ledges, cross the stream at Spirit Falls; a section of the trail diverges alongside the streambed to connect with the 22-mile Tully Trail.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

 

Directions

Route 68
Royalston, MA 01331
Telephone: 978.249.4957
Email: central@thetrustees.org

Ger directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 2: take Exit 19. Follow Rt. 2A into Athol. At the intersection of Rt. 2A and 32 in Athol, cross Millers River Bridge and bear right onto Chestnut Hill Rd. (becomes Athol Rd.) north toward
Royalston.

From Royalston Center:
Follow Rt. 68 North 0.5 mi. to entrance and parking (3 cars) on left.

Property Map

We recommend that you take a photo of the map (Tully Trail) on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Mountain biking is not allowed on the reservation.
  • Seasonal hunting is permitted subject to state and local laws.
Before Setting Out
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History

Property Acquisition History
Original acreage purchased in 1975 with funds given anonymously. Additional land purchased in 1978 and 1994.

The View From Here
See What People Say

Nice quick hike! Some good views at the overlook and Spirit Falls.

Frank Georges, Google Review

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