Sanderson Brook Falls Trail

MODERATE 29 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.

hiking
10 days 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.

14 days ago

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

hiking
26 days ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I took my little nephew and niece and they both did an awesome on the hike. It a beautiful place and it great for kids they had a blast.

2 months ago

3 months ago

7 months ago

3 stars because the trails are misleadingly marked well in places and not at all in others. Apparently, there's a loop at the beginning which covers 2 outlooks. If you follow the blue marks, you'll completely bypass the views like us! Thankfully, we followed the AllTrails map closer towards the end, away from the road and followed the falls instead of the road. You'll know you're on the correct path when you see the chimney and will be in for a treat overlooking the falls right before the large seesaw. Be careful on that way down, though! Very steep!

walking
7 months ago

This was an easy trail if you follow the road. Defiantly family friendly. The water fall was relaxing and worth hiking down to see closer. With the lack of rain we have had the falls were not the strongest but still enjoyable to take in.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

walking
10 months ago

Really nice trail, clean and pretty easy. I can see where the trail could get trickier near the falls and the rocks but we only went as far as the bottom of the falls. Very little traffic.

11 months ago

Really easy trail to the falls and enjoyed that the trail followed the stream the whole way! I enjoyed climbing up the rocks near the falls. There also weren't a lot of people there, so it wasn't crowded!

hiking
11 months ago

This hike was challenging. It was fairly steep a majority of the way up. the sign at the entrance of the trail promised three vistas, but two were substantially overgrown and had limited views. the one vista we could see from was breathtaking. At this point in the summer, and with the region in. a drought there was no stream running through.The trail loops at the top and leads you back down the way you came. The trail was marked really well.

11 months ago

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

Awesome waterfalls that you can climb up to different sections

Monday, June 13, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Trail is easy; at the waterfall, though, things can get kind of technical/tricky. Don't underestimate the slipperiness of wet rocks.