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Tippling Rock & Fords Folly is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Sudbury, Massachusetts and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 521 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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For most of the trail you will be following the Bay Circuit Trail - Section 8. From parking lot follow salamander trail until BCT junction. Continue straight entering BSA reservation. Follow ridge and bear right to Tippling Rock - good views of the north of Boston on clear days. Continue on the Bay Circuit Trail - white rectangular blazes. Cross Brimstone Lane (you will see a parking lot there) and re-enter the woods. Walk northwest on this trail. At the first, and second intersections turn left. At this point you will be leaving the BCT for a trail that will conduct you to a dam. This dam is known as Ford's Folly, as it was built by Henry Ford, but it failed to hold water. After you reach the area, you can return via the same trail system, or you can decide to take a walk to the Nobscot Mountain, and return via another of the numerous trails in this area.

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6 days ago

Tippling Rock and Ford’s Folly are what set this trail apart from other trails in the woods. The view from the top of Tippling Rock is unobstructed and you can comfortably stand on a big, flat rock ledge to look out. It’s a modest climb to the top with only a wee bit of rock scrambling. Henry Ford’s dam (Folly) is impressive and worth the walk out to it. You can safely walk across the top and look down to the wetland below. Coming upon this massive stone structure in the middle of the woods takes you aback. The trail itself is wide and level in some parts. Other parts are narrow with poison ivy hanging over or rocky with tree roots.

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rocky
scramble
11 days ago

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25 days ago

Moderately steep in some parts but the payoff is the view of Boston about 20 miles away.

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1 month ago

Nice walk through Nobscot Reservation that includes best views from Tippling Rock and Nobscot Hill. This would be a great walk for kids. Lots to see in the woods and not to hard.

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bugs
1 month ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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5 months ago

Great hike. Stole a day in January at 60 degrees.

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icy
muddy
snow
6 months ago

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rocky
8 months ago

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10 months ago

what a beautiful day for a hike today the view was absolutely amazing it was very crowded but still worth The View

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over grown
10 months ago

Really boring hike except for Tippling Rock where there was a nice view. Really really buggy even with Deep Woods Off. We hiked all the way to Fords Folly and on the way the trail was almost completely overgrown in several places which was really unpleasant. Tick-land. Not sure what fords folly was in the past but now it’s just a high cement corridor with a fence and woods on either side with a surprise inside—a bees nest! My boyfriend got stung by 3 bees. We could not want to get off a trail faster and never do return. I assume most of these good reviews are locals grateful to have a place to walk a dog. Not worth the trip

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bugs
10 months ago

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11 months ago

Tippling Rock from the West is the least used approach. Easy terrian and hardly noticable elevation gain up to Tippling. Can be overgrown for short stretches. Buggy in summer. Recommended for people seeking a quiet trail where you won't encounter people until Tippling.

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over grown
11 months ago

Finding the parking lot was a little tricky. Parts of this trail are very overgrown so definitely triple check for ticks and bring bug spray unlike me who always forgets it. If you do the whole loop it's more like 5 miles but otherwise very enjoyable. There are also wild blueberries everywhere!

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bugs
11 months ago

This was my first trail using this app. I had a little trouble finding it initially (and the parking area) but once I did, my dog and I had a great time!! This area had a lot of different trail options, so we will definitely go back. Also, we didn’t see a lot of other people, so it was really peaceful. Most of the trail was really well shaded. I did get a little lost, but the trails were well marked, I just wasn’t paying attention. I was going through a lot of things in my head. A few hard climbs, but mostly pretty flat.

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bugs
11 months ago

Peaceful walk in the woods to a beautiful view. A little buggy in the shade. Our first time here- trails a little difficult to follow but will definitely be back.

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muddy
Mon Apr 29 2019

Ups and downs. Early on season, but plenty more to see.

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Sat Mar 30 2019

Beautiful spring day for a hike. Frogs were very active in the small ponds along the trails. The weather was great, a warm breeze, slight overcast and little mud made for an easy enjoyable trek through the forest.

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Tue Feb 12 2019

A nice trail and well marked which is greatly appreciated.

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Mon Dec 03 2018

A wonderful hike . Great views from Tippling Rock . Can see Boston . Parked on Rt 20 in Sudbury. About 20 mins to Rock .Warning - did discover a tick on my hand . Warm weather is awakening them

Wed Jun 20 2018

Nicely defined trails with a few uncleared portions from winter blow-downs. Took a wider loop back to the car (past the Nobscot camp) with a couple of clear views of the Boston skyline. Not too much mud for this time of year. Great little hike.

Fri Jun 08 2018

only had an hour - quick walk in woods to Tippling Rock and back - nice view, nice trails, lady slippers along the way

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