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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.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 521 ft 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.

Sudbury Conservation Comission +1 (978) 443-2209 x1370, concom@town.sudbury.ma.u

Trailhead Address: 641 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA Trailhead coordinates: N42.36028, W71.44111 Trailhead is west of the parking lot for the Weissblatt conservation land. Follow the Salamander trail marks, about 0.4mi to the junction with the Bay Circuit Trail.

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Peter Jacobs
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An enormous boulder atop the rocky ledge of Tippling Rock could once be tippled by a person standing atop it. So someone dynamited the boulder into two pieces years ago to prevent a catastrophe.

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Gizele Pazi
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threes sing so you can't get lost

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jef hen
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Great walk

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Pedro Oliveira
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John Aprea
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Carole Pendleton
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Great! Well marked and beautiful views

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Jessica Smith
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It was pretty crowded, especially at the peak. Single track sections beyond Tippling Rock were nice and much less traveled.

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Mark Harris
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Seth Bergman
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awesome! great view, hilly. beautiful

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Gus Reid
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Nice view from Tippling Rock & Ford's Folly is a fun little oddity. I'd only bother with Nobscot Hill if you want the exercise; no view from the top and some trails are narrow tick country.

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Jose Aguilar
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Jon Pendergast
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Decent trail that is very quiet and a nice hike

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Marci Cemenska
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This is a nice trail and provides a decent distance. it is mostly a walk in the woods. the view is a little treat and the folly is impressive. My only Complaint is that the trail is a little hard to follow. There are many offshoot trails so we had to keep looking at the GPS map. A few times we had to backtrack.. The 4 mile hike became a 5 mile hike.

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Nancy Felsheim
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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. You can safely walk across the top and look down at the wetland below. I must say coming upon this massive stone structure in the middle of the woods takes you aback. Regarding the trail overall, it’s wide and level in some parts. Other parts are narrow with poison ivy hanging over the trail or rocky with tree roots.

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

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Chris Poole
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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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Steven Gilbert
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Matthew Doyle
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Ankita Saxena
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Mike F
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Great hike. Stole a day in January at 60 degrees.

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Tyler Humpton
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Victoria Brewer
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David McCann
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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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Sharon Pigeon
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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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