Long Pond Loop Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Long Pond Loop Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Royalston, Massachusetts that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
252 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

1 month ago

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...

7 months ago

Really fun loop with great views of Long Pond. Mostly smooth single track with a couple of short sections that are fairly technical. Overall, a great place for a run in the woods!

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Enjoyed the rolling terrain, views and many bridges to cross the wet areas. Nicely maintained!! Aside from the distance covered, rather easy trail...and my fur babies loved it.

hiking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Parking was adequate and easy at the boat launch area. Trail is right next to it. Trails were intended for bikes so more than adequate for hikers. Vegetation was a bit thick in areas. Rained the night before so was a bit wet, not a big deal though. View of the lake is pretty incredible. Was watching the fog roll off of it for at least ten minutes. And lots of animal life. Saw tons of coyote skat, a doe stared us down for over a minute (enough to get a pic snapped), birds singing the whole time and the ground was full of newts and turtles. Overall great hike. Finished it in 7.86 miles in under 3 hours. Only downfall was the horse flies and mosquitos. A head net was absolutely necessary. Without it in sections it would have been brutal. Going to give it a try in the winter.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Very fun!

Friday, May 13, 2016

I use this trail often, and never get tired of it. It's also a great single track loop for mountain biking. When you get to the wooden bridges, and if you have the extra hour or so, take the hike to the top of Spirt Falls and back.

mountain biking
Thursday, June 11, 2015

This is the best trail. I mostly ride on my Mountain Bike. It has everything from an old Revolutionary cart road to single track. You'll have to work on this trail. I'm often rewarded with seeing Heron,Deer, Moose and occasionally Bear. The trail is used by runners, hikers and Mountain Bikers. I often bring a fishing rod. The trail goes up one side of Long Pond and down the other. There are a few brooks along the way, too. Trail is 7.5 miles and I've ridden it in @ an hour. There are "Rock Gardens" and plenty of two board bridges so paying attention is rule #1.
There is a Triathlon in the Fall consisting of Kayak/Canoe, trail run around Tully Lake and Mountain Biking. Tri can be solo or team.

9 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

recorded Downes Falls

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

mountain biking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Friday, June 09, 2017

hiking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

hiking
Monday, February 01, 2016

recorded Tully River to Long Pond

paddle sports
Wednesday, September 11, 2013