Sanderson Brook Falls Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1158 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

old growth

over grown

rocky

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.

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The hike to the waterfall is easy as you walk up an unpaved road to get there. If you take the other trails that veer off from the left of the unpaved road, it's a steep climb right from the beginning. Be sure to take the Memorial Trail as that has the great vistas. However, the other trail was not well marked at all and hard to follow.

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2 months ago

Beautiful walk. Great to take your dog.

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3 months ago

The trail is well maintained going up but the loop section coming back now it is not well-maintained. Really keep your wits about you to look for the trail markers and the blue blazes.

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3 months ago

Newman Marsh trail portion closed for erosion control (6/29/17).. nice trail, beautiful vista on observation hill. A bit tough to follow at some points.

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4 months ago

Trail was decent, albeit sometimes tough to follow. We walked clockwise. Markings on the first part alternated between green and blue. One nice vista and humorous signs pointing the direction to "Vistas" and "Additional Vistas". After a bit the blazes took us away from the mapped trail so I began relying on the app more than I would like. Trail (at this point marked with green blazes) ended at the cul-de-sac of a maintenance road. Bear right at the first intersection. This leads to the ski trail which is marked with blazes. After that trail dumps you into a clearing, the trail continues between two big rocks. Just after you climb the small hill, you should see the remains of an old chimney to your right. The trail is now unmarked; follow beside the river until you look down on the pretty waterfall. About face. The walk down to the river is steep and, if it is wet, very slick. Enjoy the waterfall, maybe take a swim, and then continue along the path. Very quickly you will find yourself on the service road again and headed down to the parking lot.

Enjoyable hike and not very crowded. I'd do it again.

4 months ago

Beautiful water fall. Easy trail/ road to walk up for the first 1.5 miles. Trails well marked