Sanderson Brook Falls Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chester, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
This is a terrific wooded trail taking you into the Chester Blandford State Forest through thick wooded areas to a beautiful vista and to the beautiful Sanderson Brook Falls. This trail is especially beautiful in early spring and fall . Trail starts at Sanderson Brook Road just off Route 20 in Chester across from the Bannish Lumber Company. There is parking just off Route 20. From parking you'll walk up the gravel road away from Route 20 and over a wooded bridge crossing over Sanderson Brook. Shortly over the bridge, you'll see a sign on the left for the H.Newman Marsh Memorial trail marked with blue blazes. Follow the blue blazes up a steep incline until you see start walking with a brook on your left. As you're walking along this brook, keep your eyes open for signage on the right of the trail pointing back the way you came to "Sanderson Brook Road". When you see this sign, look across to the opposite side of the brook for blue blazes as you will be crossing the brook via rocks. Follow those blue blazes until you see a sign pointing towards "Vistas" and take that trail. There is one beautiful vista and 2 vistas that are a bit overgrown. After vistas continue on trail until you reach a fork in the trail and go right at the fork. You will come upon an old gravel road that you'll take to a fork at which point you'll go right onto Observation Hill Road. You will follow Observation Hill Road to the end and take a right. This road will lead you to Sanderson Brook Falls and back to your vehicle. When you see Sanderson Brook Falls on your left, you can walk past the falls a ways and you'll see a sign for a path taking you down to the falls. After leaving the falls continue dawn the gravel road over 3 bridges back to your vehicle.
3 stars because the trails are misleadingly marked well in places and not at all in others. Apparently, there's a loop at the beginning which covers 2 outlooks. If you follow the blue marks, you'll completely bypass the views like us! Thankfully, we followed the AllTrails map closer towards the end, away from the road and followed the falls instead of the road. You'll know you're on the correct path when you see the chimney and will be in for a treat overlooking the falls right before the large seesaw. Be careful on that way down, though! Very steep!
This was an easy trail if you follow the road. Defiantly family friendly. The water fall was relaxing and worth hiking down to see closer. With the lack of rain we have had the falls were not the strongest but still enjoyable to take in.
Really nice trail, clean and pretty easy. I can see where the trail could get trickier near the falls and the rocks but we only went as far as the bottom of the falls. Very little traffic.
Really easy trail to the falls and enjoyed that the trail followed the stream the whole way! I enjoyed climbing up the rocks near the falls. There also weren't a lot of people there, so it wasn't crowded!
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.
Awesome waterfalls that you can climb up to different sections
Trail is easy; at the waterfall, though, things can get kind of technical/tricky. Don't underestimate the slipperiness of wet rocks.
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.
Beautiful and easy hike. Love any trail that follows a river and this certainly fit that bill.
Dog loved it.
Fun - fairly burley hike - prepare yourself for first mile or so - all uphill - good views and quiet !!!
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.