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Sanderson Brook Falls Loop is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Chester, Massachusetts that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 1,082 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

Rocky

Snow

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Getting There

The route shown here traverses the H. Newman Marsh Trail, Memorial Trail, Mica Mine Road, Observation Hill Road, C.C.C. Trail, and the Sanderson Brook Road. The falls are near the intersection of the C.C.C. Trail and Sanderson Brook Road. If you go clockwise, you'll climb up to the vistas, first and then go down to the falls, before walking back to the parking area along the unpaved Sanderson Brook Road. 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.

Parking for about 10 or so vehicles on the right when you enter Sanderson Brook Road from Route 20.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-west/chester-blandford-state-forest.html

Take Rt 20 to the town of Chester MA, The Sanderson Brook Falls parking area is just East of Chester center.

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Jillian Smith
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Keith Jean
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Buff Maniscalco
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Let's get the negatives out of the way first. 1. It's buggy. Bring bug spray to reaply. 2. It's steep. Particularly the H. Newman Trail. 3. The trails are not well marked. Besides that it is an amazing hike. The vista make the climb worth while and the waterfall and old ruins are very pretty. Be sure to check out the upper brook above the main waterfall, although it is steep and the trail hard to follow.

Todd F
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The vistas are worth your while, as is the waterfall! The rest of it isn't too exciting, and VERY buggy. The deer flies were intense deeper into the forest.

Mark Holbrook
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HikingBugs

Very steep initial climb, had to stop a few times to catch our breath and we are in pretty good shape. After that it rewards with a beautiful view and a pleasant slow descent as you loop back around. BRING BUG SPRAY

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Megan Segrin
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Meiya Berkey
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HikingBugsRocky

Nice medium level hike. Some elevation gain to beautiful vistas. You can explore the Waterfall by climbing on rocks, but they can be slippery. Bring bug spray or don’t stand still for too long

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Samantha Oconnor
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Jack D
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HikingBugs

Great trail to a beautiful waterfall. The hike to the waterfall is about 20-30 minutes. Only downside is the bugs were out like crazy. Bug spray definitely needed.

David Conte
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Awesome Time, this is a more difficult trail than it seems but offers great rewards with views

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Tim Ganieany
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Hiking

Great trail, nice waterfall. Only saw a few others on the trial. Fairly easy.

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Laurissa D
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I wish I could give more stars for this trail. There is a parking lot that is very easy to find, directions brought you right there. The trail starts out on a dirt road, but if you are not careful you will miss the first turn on the map. I just kept going as I saw that it came back out to the main dirt road. The trail from there on was good, blue markers on trees, the overlook was beautiful. The last half mile or so was not good, no markers, no path, just you in the woods trying to find your way back to the trail. I eventually found my way out to the "waterfall". The waterfall was not there, just a stream. Dog friendly other than 2 bridges that are metal grates.

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Alex Roldan
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Bugs

I did the hike for the first time today. I recommend walking up the trail that looks like a road first. You get to pass the waterfalls near the beginning of the hike (amazing). The hike then would have a steady incline till you get to the end of the road and start down the sanderson brook trail. that trail is steep. overall a nice hike I'd do it again.

Olivia Hayum
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Stebs05 .
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Leah Tower
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Beautiful scenary. Lots of moss and a gorgeous waterfall. There is a stream that runs through much of the trail. Don't forget your bug spray!

BRi Patton
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beautiful trail. incredible lookout and waterfall.loved this trail.

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Paula Zwick
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we parked at bottom of road I parking area and walked up road just over small bridge to a stone staircase on left. steep incline up along stream ( on our left) ( which I thought were the waterfall because it had just rained so much). We missed where the trail crosses this stream so you are on left side so look carefully. We used all trails app since there were no paper maps. Definitely checked our app because no markings once out on first dirt road up at top.Nice hiking up and around vistas then you end up on a woods road. we walked on this for a while before we ended up taking a right on to a cross country ski trail. we walked down this to another dirt road take a right and falls are on the left a little farther down. Beautiful falls but most people hike in up the road and falls were crowded. All and all a nice hike but I would have enjoyed more trail vs. dirt roads for a hike. I say this hike us 50% hike, 50% walk. All and all a beautiful area, I will go back.

Paul Ryan
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Hiking

Great physical workout for the climb up clockwise to the scenic overlooks, and relaxing for the mind and soul seeing the great waterfall in the last mile. Trail in most places was well-marked with blue blazes, but there were significant gaps without markers that had me paying close attention to the AT app. Had to cross a small stream in the first mile and blaze off-trail a little bit to rejoin the trail. Would hike again!

Steven Chandler
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Great trail! The falls get a bit icy and the trails can be slick in the winter. But great views and dog friendly

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Fr. Jacob Wojcik
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Today’s hike was a challenge as the Trail is not broken in. Even with snowshoes once you’re off the main trail you’re dropping into the snow 12 inches. Even the main trail had only been trafficked by one snowmobile and one cross country skier... I turned around 2 miles in following the skier. I couldn’t keep up… I’m impressed with his endurance! This really challenged me for the first snowshoe this year! Great workout!

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Chili Schack
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Careful!!!! The trail/road past the waterfall is awesome!... Then we took a left turn into the forest and the first mile and a half or so were awesome, nice climbs.. Then we got towards the “Vistas” beautiful view and then ended up getting turned around and started heading the wrong way- the way we just can from.. At this point we figured we went back down the correct way, but could not find the trail or any markings for the trail when we got down toward the brook t...We only saw a sign that read “Sanderson Brook Road”... since we couldn’t find a trail, I thought this is great we are out of the woods, let’s just go this way...The woods got rough , steep, boulders, dense, slippery leaves and dangerous... We said forget this , this can’t be right, so we headed back up.... At this point my phone died... it was very cold and we had about an hour and a half of daylight left... we figured out that we had to cross over the stream and get down the mountain... we did that over a log which broke halfway and got our feet wet... we both took several falls and luckily didn’t break any ankles or worse..After carefully traversing the mountain I finally found the trail/road and knew we would be OK... But it got a little bit scary up there ....A two hour hike turned into a 4 hour lost in the wild nightmare... Mark your trails better before the next person gets lost up there!!! All that being said, I want to go back and see where the trail is supposed to be ( with a fully charged phone, food water, warm weather gear and bear spray))

Sara Chaffee
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Beautiful area but really hard to follow the trail without the map downloaded in the app... very poorly marked! Following the map was easy however and it turned out to be a great day.

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