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Day Hike: Royalston Falls Tully Trail (Beginner III)

  • Sep 15, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Description: Day Hiking: the Tully Trail (Beginner III)

Route Description: This quaint little hidden gem is a 22 mile loop trail with open ledges and several waterfalls, one of them being Royalston Falls. We will be hiking only 6-7 miles of it. Terrain is very level most of the hike but still has some steep areas. Our day hike will be on the eastern side of the trail starting at Doane Fall which is outside the campground. We will follow Tully Loop Trail to see Doane Falls then take the Tully trail to Spirit Falls with a side trip to "The Ledges" and hike through forest until we get to Royalston Falls Reservation. Here we will end our day at Royalston Falls.

The Plan: We will at the meet at the beginning of the Tully Campground at the intersection of Athol Road and Doane Hill road at 9 am. Parking is limited please carpool. Leave a car or cars at Royalston Falls parking (Limited). Be on the trail by 10 am.

Pace: 1-2mph.

Rated: Beginner III


6-7 miles 1200 elevation gain 


The ten essentials, lunch, hiking boots (please no sneakers), at least 2 liters of water (I will have water filter with me if some one runs out), Snacks and good attitude.  Bring your camera as well.

Getting There:

Carpooling options should be posted as a thread on the Meetup Page. Sharing a ride, it’s always more fun! Travel time from Boston about 1:45

Meet at Doane's Falls at Intersection Athol Road and Doane Hill road.

Tully Lake Campground
25 Doane Hill Road
Royalston, MA

Longitude: [masked]

Additional Trip Planning & Research:

I did my research using the Appalachian Mountain Club's "Massachusetts Trail Guide", trail maps, and the Internet. You need to become self-reliant by becoming familiar with the route, terrain, and potential hazards since you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.


Decision on “go – no – go” will be made 24 – 48 hours before the trip...FYI

Trip Area Web Links:

Post Trip:

You always should have a clean set of cloths waiting in the car and some cash for some grub for the ride home.

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Waiver:  Read !!!

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The Organizers…

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  • Karl R.

    Great group of People, had a blast!

    September 15, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Sorry something has come up and I can't make it. Have a great time, everyone. -Jen

    September 14, 2013

  • Manish

    If anyone wants carpool nearby lowell please welcome.

    September 12, 2013

  • Karl R.

    Hi Folks, we are almost there. The weather looks like a good day for hiking in upper 60's Perfect weather. I am coming from Quincy if people want to car pool. See ya then.

    September 10, 2013

  • ingrid

    a very friendly husky mix

    September 6, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Thanks Ingrid. I had an unfortunate run in with a German shepherd and I'm still a little nervous around big dogs. But Huskys I can handle (-:

      September 8, 2013

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