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“Rushing Wild Beauty”
Review of Doane's Falls

Doane's Falls
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Royalston
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Owner description: Descend a short streamside trail and get an up-close experience with a raucous series of plunging falls.
Athol, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Rushing Wild Beauty”
Reviewed 30 July 2014 via mobile

The falls have always been amazing. But, only as an adult returning to the place years later did I see it.

I feel lucky to of been able to swim here while it was legal. Bring your camera and take lots of photos.

The other side of the bridge has a nice view too. Spring has the most violent waters be cautious of footing. The paths are not as maintained as they once were you'll take a leap into white water rapids from quite a height.

I DO NOT suggest walking the falls with kids with safety issues or understanding of walking slow and again cautiously. Age range in my opinion would be a mature age six no less. The railings are missing too in places you'd think would have them.

PRO: beautiful nature trail unlike any around. Also, it's free!

CON: bugs the small gnats in summer. You'll run away without bug spray. Steep walking with bad footing and railings out of date or missing. You can't swim here.

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English first
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
“Nice day trip”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

So, I decided I wanted to shoot some waterfalls this summer and this is my first. Was a nice day trip and my dog had a blast. I am even thinking of going back and doing some camping at the Tully Campground.

Visited June 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice hike”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Very nice hiking from the Tully Lake campground, 0.5 miles. The weather was perfect and our 4 year-old son enjoyed it a lot! Definitely worth the hike.

Visited May 2014
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Fitchburg, Massachusetts
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73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Royalston??”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

What an excellent town to visit. It is like going back in time, quaint and no stores, everything is beautiful and very old. As for Doane's, there are 2 more falls that are just as wonderful. Royalston Falls and Spirit Falls. All are well worth the time for a family day trip and picnic, Doane's. for the picnic if you have kids.

Visited March 2013
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Salem, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Bring your bug spray!”
Reviewed 16 June 2013

Was a great hike, awesome falls right here in MA! Some steep parts. Was very buggy in June! Nice view from the top of the hill!

Visited June 2013
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