A few Waterfalls in Mass.
by Kimberly J Tilley
This past weekend the sun was out and we went on a few hikes to find some waterfalls in Mass. We went to Doane’s Falls, Royalston Falls, Trap Falls and Spirit Cascades. They are not to far off the New Hampshire border and one was just a mile or so from the border, but I don’t think there is a road to the waterfall from NH, it was pretty isolated. I gave my new lens a good work out by taking many photos, which put the little memory card to over five thousand images. Soon it will have to reset the counter again.
My husband bought me a Sigma 70-300mm lens for my DSLR. I have this lens for my SLR and I thought it was a good choice. But I did not take into consideration of the extra weight the electronics put on for using the lens on a digital camera. This can become an issue sometimes, as I am not always using my tripod like a good little photographer should. I feel restricted by using a tripod. But with this lens I will need to use my tripod more, especially on those breezy days.
On to the pictures, first stop Trap Falls in Ashby MA.
This is a nice little spot to stop in during a long trip or just someplace nearby (if you live around here) to go for a picnic, as there are a few picnic tables by the waterfall. Parking is limited and the walk to view the waterfall is short.
Doane’s Falls is run by a conservation trust and you are not allowed to go down by the water….oopps. That was a surprise getting told to go back on to the trail by a ranger. Where did he come from? Where is the ranger station?
The parking lot is small. You can see the waterfall from the road, as it goes over it by an old stone bridge. It is just a short hike down a hill to view the waterfall better.
Spirit Falls is just down the road from Doane’s Falls. There is a short hike in the woods to get to the cascades. But that is the easy part. Make sure you wear good sturdy shoes for this one. Oh, and the nats are terrible here, so a netted hat would be a good idea to take with you.
So when you first see the water, you’ll be like this is nice.
But then you follow the stream down a bit farther and you’ll be like Oh My Gosh. Be careful. Watch your step!
This is not a good place for little children who are not used to hiking. It is steep and there are rocks, boulders, trees and moss coming up from every direction on the land. But it is pretty. And if you can find a nice spot to sit and listen to the water without being bothered by the bugs, it is relaxing.
Royalston Falls will show you the power of the Earth. This is a waterfall in a Gorge. And I have to wonder if the water flow was always the same, or was the water more abundant and a stronger force back when the Glaciers created this place. It is a long hike to get here, if you can get here. The “trail” starts at the end of a road that turns into an unattended dirt road. I’m sure it was used long ago, but now it is pretty much abandoned and left to the Elements. If you don’t have a vehicle with a decent clearance between you and the road, I would leave the car parked at the start of this dirt road and take the long hike in.
This area gives you a reminder of how the woodlands used to look before being torn down by people. It gives an old forest feel when you come to a very, very old tree by a stone wall. But then you catch sight of the local trash dropped here and there, and feel sadden by the lack of respect people have for the environment. A forest seemingly lost by mankind, out of reach by most, and yet there is garbage littering the forest floor. 😦
Remember the way you went into the woods, I think the trail has been abandoned by the Trustees. The sign is down, there are no maps and the trails do not seemed to be maintained. You could easily get lost here.
When you get to the waterfall be careful. Again, boulders, trees and moss popping up from everywhere. Oh and the 400 foot drop you should try and avoid.
As you can imagine from the above picture, this area has amazing lines and shapes to find. I have many photographs to work with, (not just to keep as a standard pics either), from this trip. I see that some of the photos are just shouting at me to create some fantasy digital art with them. 😀
We will be going to the White Mountains National Forest to do some more waterfall hunting in a couple of weeks.