This hike was challenging. It was fairly steep a majority of the way up. the sign at the entrance of the trail promised three vistas, but two were substantially overgrown and had limited views. the one vista we could see from was breathtaking. At this point in the summer, and with the region in. a drought there was no stream running through.The trail loops at the top and leads you back down the way you came. The trail was marked really well.
There are many trails. My husband and our two dogs went up the dirt road trail and the. Took the trail off to the right towards the water fall. We loved it. Easy then you could make it challenging if you wanted to walk up the waterfall. Great if you have kids though expect to stop on the way up. Another trail up there too but we will have to go up another time. Our two dogs loved it too!
One beautiful spring day I took my wife here. It was farther from Lee than I thought, down the windy Route 20 to the other side of Chester. Still it was easy to get to. Decent size parking lot full of cars. Then a wide dirt road with a gradual uphill grade for a trail, over two steel bridges, then another trail off to the left with a gradual grade down to the falls which were in full force. For those who want a closer look you can climb up the rocks which I did part way.
Kellie L. on Chester - Blandford State Forest
I really enjoyed this hike, I have done it about three times and I especialy enjoy when you get to the waterfall. Met some people trying to find gold. Good hike but a little strenuous at the end
This is a nice trail with a heavy moderate difficulty. Very wooded thin trail until you reach the overgrown old road portions. Can be a little tricky to navigate during certain times of the year so keep aware of blue blazes as you can easily go off track. Beautiful vista looking down into the valley of the Westfield river and a great 80 ft. waterfall. The H.Newman Marsh trail makes a loop, so you can go right at the fork after vistas and return to your vehicle making it a hike of a little over a mile, but then you'll miss the waterfall. You may also skip the H.Newman Marsh trail and just continue up Sanderson Brook Rd to the Sanderson Brook Falls, which is nice for a family hike with small kids and also a little over a mile with milder inclines, but then you'd miss the vistas. Well worth the trip.
MY WIFE AND i WALKED APPROX. 1 1/2 MILES ON A VERY OPEN WELL KEPT DIRT ROAD OVER THREE BRIDGES. THE ROAD RUNS THRU LUSH FOREST WITH A GREAT LITTLE STREAM RUNNING ALONGSIDE FOR MOST OF THE WALK. AT THAT POINT THERE WAS A SMALL TRAIL DOWN THRU THE WOODS TOWARD THE STREAM. IT WAS FAIRLY NARROW AND APPARENTLY NOT USED MUCH. iT WAS GREAT TO HEAR THE RUSHING FALLS IN THE DISTANCE. ABOUT 1/4 MILE OR SO DOWN THIS FAIRLY STEEP GRADE IS A GREAT WATERFALL. WELL WORTHY OF THE TRIP. SCRAMBLING ON THE ROCKS CAN BE HAZARDOUS, EVEN DANGEROUS BECAUSE OF THE STEEP TERRAIN AND SLIPPERY MOSS AND ROCKS. I LOST MY CAMERA AND ALL THE PICTURES I TOOK TO THE FALLS AND A VERY DEEP HOLE. BUT I WILL GO BACK MANY MORE TIMES TO CAPTURE THIS MAGNIFICENT FALLS. GREAT SPOTS AT THE BASE TO SIT AND WATCH THE BEAUTY OF THIS SPOT.