Doanes Falls to Spirit Falls Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews

Doanes Falls to Spirit Falls Loop is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Royalston, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.6 miles
633 feet

dog friendly


nature trips












14 days ago

Majority of the hike was great and the Waterfalls are neat. It is a little confusing when it comes to the loop, if you’re following along with the map on here, just cut over the water a little sooner than it says. There will be a white dot across. When I was coming down through the ledges I kept losing the trail and had to run down through trees and spiders. Idk. Maybe that was my fault though. I did like that there wasn’t anyone else, so Penny could run off leash

2 months ago

Very nice family trail. 2:30 hrs hike with our 8 year old boy. Nice falls, pond and view. We may come back at fall to see the leaves color changing. Don’t forget the bug spray, a lot of mosquito at this season.

2 months ago

It’s a nice hike that’s not very trafficked. The trails aren’t very well marked around the turnaround point of the loop. We took the blue trail to the orange to yellow to white dot. Despite the markings, it’s a great hike with some good elevation and nice waterfalls.

3 months ago

I was a little disappointed with this hike. The falls are very nice, especially now while the levels are still high. I went with my two dogs, who loved the Trail (they both gave 5 stars). Even the older guy, who's mildly arthritic, had no problem with the little rock scramble. The problem I had was with the trail markings. After Spirit Falls, I could see the pups were getting tired. There was a trail to the left marked by white, which I think of as a connector. I took it, thinking it might link up with the bike trail. It goes in a direction toward the bike path for a few hundred yards, then seems to vanish. I swept forward, left and right for a hundred feet or so, but saw no signage, or even a game trail. At that point, we just turned around and backtracked. A nice hike if you're doing the entire thing but I wouldn't travel any distance for this particular one.

5 months ago

This trail has 2 beautiful waterfalls and great views from a ledge high above the lake and river. The hardest trail to find on the route is the steep trail that goes up to the ledges from the river. It is not well marked or well traveled. If you decide to go uphill on this trail, look for a reflector on a tree on the left and some red and blue ribbons on the trees on the right and confirm with your ALLTrails app. If you get confused, just keep going uphill. If you go up that way first and walk along the ledges trail, toward Spirit Falls, you may not be able to cross the falls at the top if the water is high. You may want to go up the trail that follows the falls first (the farthest one - just south of "Tall Timbers" on the map). If you can't cross at the top to return along the ledges, at least you have seen Spirit Falls and can retrace your steps without doing the loop. Late winter or spring is best if you want to see the falls ripping and roaring. Bring microspikes (maybe snowshoes, too) in winter and early spring as parts of the trail can be icy. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky. Don't forget to look for a short trail that goes out to a bench on the ledges where you'll have a great view of the lake and river. It's just south of where it says "The Ledges" on the map. The trail is fine in the summer, but don't expect a lot of water at the falls.

1 month ago