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Beautiful!

Easy 3/4 mile stroll up to the falls. Nice falls but overrun with jackasses not heeding the no swimming or diving signs. Loud and full of humanity on a warm weekend. Nice to see it but I don't think I'll be coming back. Not as spectacular as, say, Kent Falls, and just too many people. Parking is also a mess.

This trail was easy to get to, had plenty of parking and we only saw 2 other groups of people until we got back to the parking lot. The trail is fairly easy terrain for walking, but the roots are abundant so be careful. The trail was also very well marked. The pond and the streams are beautiful. Lots of photo ops. I would love to kayak here. We only did a couple of miles out, found a nice boulder to sit on, then walked back. Total did about 4 miles and took 2 hours (leisurely pace). I would love to do the whole loop however that’s a lot of time on foot. :(

I've spent close to a decade hiking Dogtown and it's a beautiful area. It can be quite easy to get lost out there though, even with all the time I've been out there I still get lost. A few times I made it out thanks to my dogs. I've always hiked it with dogs though, abs haven't hiked it since the dogs passed away.

Don't be scared away by the lore, they are a really magical woods. There was a tragic murder back in the 80's but it gets sensationalized too often, it was a tragedy but an isolated one, and the killer was caught.

It's also very easy to end up in people's back yards in Dogtown. People are generally very nice if you're respectful.

This short walk along a stream on a hot day when many people were cooling off walking around in the water was really nice! No swimming by the actual falls (strictly enforced). Super crowded with families and lots of people and dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

I’m not sure if we went the wrong way but we found this to be mainly flat and were looking forward to elevation; it was steep at the beginning but flattened out and lead to a road with house on it ; didn’t feel like a hike to me: the signs went very clear of where to go either !

Hikers, be aware: there was a murder on this trail in the 1980s.
Spooky, historical hike. Dogtown was settled in the 1600s by 80 families fleeing pirates, natives, and other coastal bombardments. After the revolutionary war and the war of 1812, dogtown was abandoned, and became a ghost town that housed squatters in the abandoned buildings. Lots of rumors about witches and other such things, too. The numbered boulders signify where a house once stood.
Easy to get lost - multiple maps are needed.

Great for a family? Two parking sites one further away then the other. Our 7 and 9 yearold loved the hike and the falls. Room to go out on rocks which were safe for most, with the exception of very young kids or those with mobility difficulty. Well worth the trip.

1 month ago

I did enjoy this trail but it was not clearly marked at beginning so I needed this app to get onto the trail. Also, read the signs when parking, we parked next to parked cars and missed the sign for trailer parking. Got an $89 parking ticket.

A bit longer by my GPS. Nice trail overall, great for h King and okay for trail running. The moraine section was difficult, and the trail is poorly marked. Needed the map consistently and still made a couple incorrect turns. Great trail for his area

Beautiful hike but very crowded.

I proposed to my wife here right after a snow storm in November. Beautiful spot any time of the year!

Easy walk to a great waterfall

I started in Franklin and went out and back just a couple miles. Path was nice (some crushed gravel, roots, leaves and then I hit pavement at the very end of my route). Couple of areas that split off and I was a bit confused which path to take but only made one mistake.
Small knats didn’t bother me but could have done without the horse flies that bit me. Ouch!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing little hike. We parked at the Bish bash pull off and not at the state park so the hike was shorter. There are some small hills and the terrain is a little rocky at times. When you make it to the top and see the falls you will be in awe. You can take stairs down into the falls and climb the rocks to get some good picture or even cool of quick. No swimming signs are posted everywhere but a ton of people were in the water waist deep. Stairs are very step and uneven so be careful. Our 4.5lb Chihuahua went with us with zero issues. He loved being able to go into the water at the beginning/end of the trail. We camp in the area and this will definitely be a spot we visit often.

hiking
2 months ago

The only (slight) complaint I have is that the signage could be a lot better. Otherwise, had a great time on this trail! There is a little bit of everything - hills, rocks, beautiful pond views, a few mucky spots (my hiking poles came in handy in a couple of places), lots of ferns, some pretty mountain laurel in bloom. I used insect repellent and didn't find it buggy at all, which surprised me on a nice warm day like this. Only explored the blue trail this time, but will come back another day to hike the yellow.

Lovely falls.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the best trails in the area in my opinion. Wonderful cliffs in the middle of the hike. Couple nice views of Beach Pong. Can get a bit buggy in the middle of the summer so bring DEET.

Great hike with the kids! I pushed a stroller through, which made the hike a bit more challenging, but I needed it to help get my kids through. We'll be back!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Horse shit. Not the trail itself but there’s literally horse shit everywhere. Trail seemed fun but yeah tons of horse shit.

Follow the orange blazes for the mountain bike loop. Lots of scene changes, interesting wildlife chatter, and plenty of cover in late May, though there are a few stretches close to the water that are exposed. As others indicated, this trail features rolling terrain with mixed width and composition—rocks, big roots, couple muddy spots, then soft needles. There is not that much elevation gain; this hike is on the easy side of moderate, requiring more stamina than anything! To that end, you might think it’s a good idea to bring snacks and break for a picnic, but that’s not going to happen. The bug situation is intense. I did pretty well with the herbal Buzz Away Extreme by Quantum Health, and occasional use of my hoodie hood, but a couple skeeters still got me. All in all a lovely loop, especially on a cool day. Only saw two bikes and one other hiker the entire time. Can’t wait to try it again in fall...

Hiked here with my family two years ago and had a picnic on the rocks by the waterfall. Such a beautiful place, it’s a must go if you’re visiting the area.

nice woodsy trail. the entire thing was in the shade. bugs were not too bad. there was also a decent amount of rock hopping and some substantial up and down. ill go back.

walking
3 months ago

Short walk through muddy, rocky, and root exposed terrain. There were plenty of red winged blackbirds flying about which was a treat to see. A quarter of the loop around the pond takes you out of the woods onto a side street back to the trailhead.

only went to the temple mountain lookout, but a great view and solid trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Too many dogs not on their leash. I don’t mind dogs, just not in my space while I’m hiking.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Neat little rock caves along the way and pretty views of the pond.

great place to ride. some easy trails but then there is much more challenging trails. The only thing tho, trails are not marked at all. I enjoy adventures so I dont really care about getting lost. Just ride smart and ride safe.

Amazing and blissful short little hike, well worth the incline challenge, coming from New York.

hiking
3 months ago

First, the positives. It is a lovely trail. The first (Northern) part is along the ridge line. We hiked before deciduous trees bloomed and had lovely views all along the way. There is an awesome rock scramble down a cliff (and then back up as we did it). The southern portion is a lovely walk through the woods with several easy creek crossings.
Second, the negatives. We had a very hard time finding the trail. We sent the directions to our phone and it sent us way off the route (north of MA 2), ending in someone's back yard. We then tried to find the northern terminus by map and found absolutely nothing. We then drove along the very straight, unnamed road between Narrows Rd. and Rte 31 and stopped at an unmarked trail and tried it. After some anxious minutes we found a Y in the trail with two signs, one downhill to Rte 31 and one uphill to "The Ledges." We took the uphill trail and it eventually crossed the MidState Trail. At the southern end of the trail we ran into Mt. Wachusetts Ski Resort before we got to the pond marked on the map, got irritated, and turned around. In total we lost two miles (one each way), so our hike was 8.2 miles rather than the 9.9 miles advertised.

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