Race Brook Falls Trail

MODERATE 189 reviews

Race Brook Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sheffield, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,174 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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rocky
1 month ago

I led a hike here on 11/21. A lot of great waterfalls although I initially took a wrong turn to get closer to falls farther up. It was rocky in parts, rather steep in spots, and forded the brook twice. We ate lunch at the campsite where there is a latrine and then hiked another .2 to the AT. I would not call this an easy trail. It is at last moderate.

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rocky
1 month ago

The upper most waterfall was stunning today! The area near the falls was thin ice coated from the falls mist. The easy rating is wrong, this is a moderate hike with sections of hard due to steepness. The whole hike is beautiful I went all the way to the AT junction. Spent time at falls and water ways for photography. Recommend this hike, agree with others no sneakers in the falls area's lots of moss.

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rocky
2 months ago

I went as far as crossing the brook higher above the falls in order to keep it short. I would HIGHLY recommend this hike but caution anyone who tends not to wear waterproof hiking boots. It’s a steep climb at parts, you cross over slippery rocks more than once, and in Autumn you have the added hazard of many loose but beautiful leaves. Well worth it to see that waterfall!

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rocky
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Great trail that is absolutely not an "easy", unless only going to lower falls. Would call this a solid moderate trail due to steep inclines up to Upper falls and campsite. Upper falls are generally dry right now, but still great views and vistas. We used the lower falls loop trail on our return, unmarked but great access to falls.

steep back to under mountain rd. rt 41 ...from racebrook falls camp site

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6 months ago

Our (fit) family of 5 did this hike (youngest is 8) and had a great time. Beautiful falls and fun rock scrambling. I would say, however, it was not “easy.”

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7 months ago

great trail lots of different terrain views are minimum

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muddy
8 months ago

Be careful hiking when raining

4.16.19. In the right weather, a perfect hike. I had a crystal clear day, windy, and cool. The Falls were, as ever, spectacular, but especially so today due to big rains the day before. Being on the AT is always a thrill and the views today from Mount Everett summit were incredible. Others have noted that about a fifth of a mile past the summit, continuing on the AT, there is a lookout with a NE view to die for. Worth the extra 10 minutes! One note for dog owners — crossing Race Brook by the Upper Falls when they are in full spate does not appeal to every dog. Took me 15 minutes to persuade my mid-sized, athletic, and experienced pooch to follow me across. Can’t imagine it would be much different for smaller kids. If you’re thinking of having a go at this, go prepared! Here are my stats as a rough guide to what to expect: Distance: 7.3 miles (I got a little lost at right the end, so this is a tad longer than it should be) Elevation Gain: 2,218 feet Moving Time: 3:57:32

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9 months ago

Nice trail with a beautiful waterfall. The falls were running strong and still partially frozen in spots. Trail was easy to follow. Lower falls area is really pretty and provides great view of the falls. A little slippery but I expect that this time of year. Parked on the side of route 41 as the parking area was full and trail was busy.

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snow
9 months ago

Full coverage of snow and ice past the upper waterfall.

recorded Race Brook Falls Trail

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10 months ago

Relatively easy hike even in winter. Managed in just a pair of Bean Boots, but would recommend crampons for upper section. The falls are nice in summer but are stunning frozen. Recommend side trip to lower falls. Definitely should continue past falls and hit one of the peaks. Although route to the top is best for experienced hikers in the winter.

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Sun Dec 30 2018

12.30.18. This is a drop dead gorgeous trail, with the spectacular falls providing plenty of incentive to do it. The rating for this hike is Easy, but I beg to differ. With an elevation gain of over 1000 feet in about 1.5 miles, and four stream crossings, at least one of which is scramble-worthy, this has to be *at least* Moderate. If you're feeling wobbly, it might be best to get up to the falls and then turn back, rather than attempt to cross the stream by the falls as it's something of a challenge, especially in winter. If you do this, make sure you have decent, waterproof boots! But altogether, a wonderful out and back hike of 3.1 miles, which took us 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete.

Mon Nov 26 2018

Great Hike!!! Amazing views, highly recommend. 3.5 miles or so if you hike to the top.

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Mon Jul 16 2018

All trails’ directions bring you to a parking lot. The trail from there is easy to follow. It is overgrown in the beginning & there are lots of bugs in July. It is also variably rocky with a steady, but mild incline. The lower falls trail is pretty short, approx 1 mile in. There is a sign halfway that says upper or lower falls and the distances (1.5 to upper falls, 0.5 to lower). I was pretty far below the falls at first but climbed up closer from the base. It was a little tricky, with a lot of big boulders and some are wet or mossy. I slipped, so be careful! The falls are pretty, though. I was the only one by the falls. There were people swimming downstream. I climbed up, then back down the upper falls trail part way, which was much steeper than the lower falls trail. It seems like if you wanted to go under the falls, it would be super slippery on the sloped rock below, but the water is very clear.

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Wed Jul 04 2018

Easy in and out hike. We went up to the lower falls and it was well worth it. Make sure you keep going until you get to the end. We almost stopped and the small little terrace falls, but another 150’ up are the giant lower falls which at the start of July still had a lot of water coming down.

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Fri May 25 2018

Did the falls trail and continued north on AT. Didn't quite make it to Everett peak due to time limitations. Great hike. Moderate traffic up to falls (mile or so), but after that lightly traveled (this was the Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend). Falls were strong May 25th, 2018. Likely to be much less impressive later in the summer.

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Wed Apr 18 2018

Besides for the fact that there is a rolling river between the trail head and the trail, this hike is incredible. Pictures do not do the falls justice. It’s something you have to see with your eyes. It’s a must do hike!

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Mon Oct 02 2017

Beautiful waterfalls. Good hike

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Wed Sep 13 2017

Took the trail all the way to where it intersects with the Appalachian Trail (~2 miles one way). It is a very challenging, steep hike in several spots once you bypass the lower falls trail and continue onto the AT. However, it is also a beautiful area and gets you access to the upper falls area, which is a stunning place. If you're up for a challenge, I recommend it.

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Fri Aug 04 2017

It rained! So we didn’t finish :(.

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