Doane’s Falls in Royalston, Massachusetts is a lovely waterfall. The waterfall has a total height of 175 feet which makes it the second-tallest waterfall in the state of Massachusetts. It drops along Lawrence Brook. which often flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Although it is best to explore the waterfall in the spring, Doane’s Falls is a great spot to visit year-round. The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of plunges, cascades, and a block. There are about 4 district drops that make up the waterfall.
The waterfall is located within the Doane’s Falls Reservation which is named for Amos Doane. Amos owned the falls and surrounding land in the early 19th century. He saw the falls as a possible business opportunity so he built a mill 50 feet long and more than 4 stories tall above the falls. He would create doors, sashes, and blinds using the mill. Amos’ business venture ended up failing, despite previous mills succeeding along Lawrence Brook. Ultimately, Doane’s Falls and the surrounding land were acquired by the non-profit organization The Trustees of Reservations.
Swimming and wading have been strictly prohibited since 2002 at the waterfall due to deaths and injuries. The Trustees of Reservations currently manage and own the waterfall and surrounding land. Doane’s Fall Trail is a well-maintained and marked 0.4-mile out-and-back trail. The trail is rated as easy and it offers beautiful views of the falls.
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- Height: Approximately 175-foot total drop
- Type: Plunges, cascades, and a block
- Water source: Lawrence Brook
- Swimming: Prohibited and/or not possible
Doane’s Falls Location
- Park: Doane’s Falls Reservation
- Address: Doane Hill Rd
- Town: Royalston
- State: Massachusetts
- GPS: Lat 42.64891 Lng -72.20180
- Parking Notes: There are two parking areas to access the waterfall. The primary lot is located along Athol Road and this is where the trailhead is. The additional parking area is located further down Doane’s Falls Road. Parking is free at both locations.
- Parking Directions: Main parking area (HERE) Additional parking area (HERE)
- Location Directions: HERE
External Website: https://thetrustees.org/place/doanes-falls/