Nobscot Reservation - Tippling Rock & Fords Folly

EASY 9 reviews

Nobscot Reservation - Tippling Rock & Fords Folly is a 4.4 mile out and back trail located near Sudbury, MA and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

4.4 miles 650 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running


horseback riding

Plenty of trails, historic dam, part of the Bay Circuit Trail. For most of the trail you will be following the Bay Circuit Trail - Section 8. Take a look at: for trail description. From parking lot follow salamander trail untill BCT junction. Continue straight entering BSA reservation. Follow ridge and bear right to Tippling Rock - good views of the north of Boston on clear days. Continue on the Bay Circuit Trail - white rectangular blazes. Cross Brimstone Lane (you will see a parking lot there) and re-enter the woods. Walk northwest on this trail. At the first, and second intersections turn left. At this point you will be leaving the BCT for a trail that will conduct you to a dam. This dam is known as Ford's Folly, as it was built by Henry Ford, but it failed to hold water. After you reach the area, you can return via the same trail system, or you can decide to take a walk to the Nobscot Mt., and return via another of the numerous trails in this area.

26 days ago

Well marked and varied terrain. Lots of dogs and some bikes.

2 months ago

Nice walk with kids.

5 months ago

Great trails to do with kids, we love it!

6 months ago

7 months ago

The Tipping Rock was awesome. I loved the landscape. It was an easy trail for the kids.

8 months ago

1 year ago

great local hike with views of Boston to the east, Mt. Wachusett's to the west....

2 years ago

Tippling Rock is a large Granite Boulder. It was split by my Grandfather. He did it using a 'star drill bit'. A star drill is a piece of steel about 14" long. At one end it is shaped into a cross and each of the edges of the cross are sharpened into a chisel shape. You place the cross on the rock and pound on it with a hammer, turning it back and forth as you go. If you have an assistant you have them pour water into the hold to flush out the bits of rock. The process drills a hole the width of the cross into the rock. He then poured water into each of the holes he had made and then pounded pegs into the holes. The water pressure built up inside the holes as the pegs were forced into them splitting the boulder.

4 years ago

I like the trail alot. It's not that hard to follow the trail just look for the single white markers. Double markers indicate a junction! It's a great hike from the Tippling Rock parking lot to Nobscott Hill. Walk it at a quick pace and you'll get a good workout! No GPS needed, just follow the markers and the trail. I've walked it multiple times and enjoyed it lots.