Visit Royalston Falls from Greenwoods Rd. in Richmond NH

1.80 miles

Richmond NH, Royalston MA

+300 ft. / -300 ft

Directions: Park at the Trail crossing on Greenwoods Rd. in Richmond NH. Take the Trail South with a beaver pond on your right. Follow the edge of the pond turning shortly away from the pond then descending slightly to reach the edge of Falls Brook at about .2 miles.  At about .3 miles climb steeply away from the Brook slabbing the hillside with views of the Brook to the right below. At .4 miles turn away from the Brook to detour around a seasonal backwater returning shortly to paralles the Brook which soon enters a deep gorge.  At .6 miles reach the Massachusetts State Line.  Just beyond the State Line there are two natural bridges over Falls Brook.  At about .7 miles the white blazed trail crosses the Brook on a bridge. Do NOT cross the bridge but continue south along Falls Brooks following the yellow blazed Tully Trail. At .9 miles climb over boulders to reach the top of Royalston Falls.  Use caution in this area even though there is a protective railing.

Return via the yellow blazed Tully Trail. Where the Tully Trail crosses the bridge over the Brook, do not cross the Brook but continue straight ahead on the white blazed trail.

Royalston Falls can also be reached by parking in Royalston, MA. 

The MA hike is a moderate, 1.6 mile round-trip, 1.25-2.0 hour hike with 340 ft of elevation gain/loss. This hike is good for kids, dogs are allowed. This hike is also good for snowshoeing. The blazes are yellow and white. 

The MA hike descends through the forested valley of Falls Brook, then follows the brook downstream past pools and cascades to the gorge at Royalston Falls. Parking area is adjacent to Newton Cemetery on MA 32, north of junction with MA 68. From sign, follow the combined NET and Tully Trail through seasonally wet area, then descend the moderately steep valley slope. At 0.5 mi, trail reaches Falls Brook and a group camping shelter. At the footbridge the trails split; turn rught and follow yellow-blazed Tully Trail south along brook for 0.3 mi to the falls and gorge. A cable rail allows safe views from trail. Backtrack to junction at footbridge, where you have the option of continuing for 0.1 mi north on the NET to a small natural bridge carved by the brook. Backtrack up valley to trailhead. 

 

 

 

The current itinerary is highlighted in pink in the map below.