Tully Trail is a 23.1 mile loop trail located near Royalston, Massachusetts that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 23.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,110 feet Route Type: Loop

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blowdown
24 days ago

Pros: - Royalston Falls and Fish Brook are very nice. - The view from Tully Mountain alone is worth the price of admission. - The trails are mostly very well blazed (though some sections are faded). - The shelter is spacious (two bunk beds, each with two platforms that appear to be queen sized, along with loft that could probably sleep half a dozen people). - Varied terrain - There appear to be lots of hiking options. For instance, I believe there's a parking area just 0.6 miles from the shelter. That could make for a nice overnight to expose young kids to hiking and camping. Cons: - A substantial part of the hike is on roads, including 1.5 miles on a highway. - There are major blowdowns at the north end of Warwick State Forest. In many cases, you'll do best to go around rather than over or through. As others have noted, the very end of the AllTrails track goes the long way around Tully Lake. Otherwise, the track is really good. We also used the book "AMC's Best Backpacking in New England" description of the trail (Trip 5 on page 22 in my edition). That description is thorough and excellent with a couple of discrepancies (probably due to rerouting the trail): - As you walk along the power corridor, the AMC says that the trail switches from one side to the other. It doesn't; it stays exclusively on the north side. - Once you summit Tully Mountain, the AMC describes a path that goes to the east, but we couldn't find it. Instead, the AllTrails track and the yellow blazes go south. We had very good luck following the yellow blazes then entire way.

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bridge out
muddy
4 months ago

Hiked the full loop in a day on 4/20/19 as an early spring training hike. At the time I hiked it, the trail was extremely wet due to heavy rains, and many bridges were washed out necessitating water crossings. There were a few points where I was slowed down because I needed to go upstream and find somewhere else to cross, including a thigh (nearly waist) deep crossing. Be prepared it you plan on attempting it during spring! If you're not a fan of navigating water or hiking with wet feet, you may want to wait until the bridges are repaired. The water crossings may be rock hoppable when the water levels are lower later in the summer, but I have never hiked it that time of year so I'm not sure. Aside from the water crossings, it's an easy trail. Portions of it are road walks on mostly quiet side streets, as well as snowmobile tracks, with the rest being single track. A few semi-steep spots (going up to Royalston Falls and then Tully Mountain towards the end), but all were fairly short, moderate sections. As I did the trail in one day, I did not stay in the Falls Brook shelter (about mile 7) on AllTrails, but stopped there briefly for lunch. It's lovely and well maintained! As others have noted, towards the end of the trail (after coming down Tully Mountain and starting that road walk section), the AllTrails map takes you a slightly different route then the official Tully Trail which would add on a few extra miles. Instead, follow the yellow blazes to stay on the official trail. Overall, while not a deep wilderness hike, it's a lovely close-to-home trail to get some miles in and see some nice waterfalls.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked Oct 6th. Great views of a few waterfalls. Relatively flat trail except for the Tully Mountain part. Incredible scenic view on Tully Mountain. Trail can be muddy in places, nothing impassable. Caution following the app’s Tully loop recording. 80% of the recording is correct, but the recorded trail from Tully Mountain to the campsite parking lot is not the Tully loop trail. Recommend finding the official Tully Loop trail map online. The recorded loop adds approximately 2 miles to the official trail. Just an FYI. Tracked hiking distance was just over 25 miles.

hiking
11 months ago

one of my favorite spots. many options.

backpacking
11 months ago

Parked at Tully Lake Campground and hiked to the shelter. Great scenery; steep and rocky in some spots. Shelter is pretty good. 4 bunks that are good size, room for 2 or 3 more on the second level. Got a ride back to the campground from Rt 32 due to inclement weather. Nice meeting you Tom.

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

I did an out/back to royalston falls. Mostly flat with some minor inclines/declines close to the falls. The shelter is in relatively good shape with some trash littered around outside and mice inside who will steal your food if you leave it out. I would recommend for a moderately difficult overnight trip.

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This is a great hike my only complaint is the markers on the last half are not that good. I ended up getting lost and ended up walking 26 miles total for the trail. all in all a fun time with good memories. A must do if you are into hiking.

hiking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

Trail blazes need to be redone on the second half of this loop. We got lost and 23 miles turned to 25. Also the black flies are in full effect.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Seriously a good trail with easy to hard hiking options. Just choose your route appropriately. Also A very scenic route for photographers, recommend going spring for all the ice formations . It is fairly dog friendly, some cliffs /steep edges but aware of many different hikers on the trails that may not dog friendly

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I love this place

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

I strapped on my micro-spikes after parking at the trailhead on Mountain Road and followed the blue blazed trail through a field and past a pond into a hemlock and pine forest. The trail was snow covered and crusty, but fairly easy to walk upon, and as it gradually ascended the forest mixture changed to hardwood and some cedar as well. Reaching the summit ( approximately 1,760') the trail descends briefly and comes out upon a rocky outcrop from which there is a magnificent view westerly over Tully Lake and the area embraced by much of the 20 mile trail system. To the east, through a peek-a-boo in the trees, Mount Monadnock stands tall and its snow capped summit glistened on this bright sunny day. After lingering on this granite outcrop for a while, I took the same route back down. It is a truly magnificent short, and easy hike with only a couple of places where the grade approaches moderate. Hiking time up was only 45 minutes, and down about the same.

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Monday, September 07, 2015

The hike around the lake was pleasant and plenty of nice views. Just be mindful that to get to Tully Mountain you'll be walking a little over a mile on a dirt road. There's an entrance to the yellow trail by the day parking lot in the Tully Lake Campground. The walk around Tully Lake is relaxing and scenic. There's a nice picnic spot about halfway through with a bench and a spot to dip your feet in. The walk to Tully Mountain wasn't that great though. Once you get to the Tully Dam picnic area, you have to walk on the road for a short distance to get on Royalston Road (not clearly marked). Then once you get on Royalton Road the yellow blazes are easy to follow. I took the short scramble up Tully Mountain. Very pretty views at the top with nice flat rocks to relax on. I imagine I'd be a really nice spot to catch the sunrise.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What a great hike! From a beautiful lake (Tully) up to the three waterfalls that feed it. And easy and well marked trail.

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Nice easy trail arount tully lake,doanes falls is the highlight of the walk...nice lake with several small islands...great place to kayak...its just a great place to spend a day!

hiking
Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Only did part of the hike went to Doanes falls The water was flowing really heavey splashed me in the face from a decent distance tully lake was beautiful along woth the damn tryed to do royalston falls but the road wasn't very well maintained lots of debris so skip out on that

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Beautiful place for outdoor activity, family friendly and close to western Mass, If you like camping it is Must go place.

hiking
Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tully lake is the ultimate in kayaking. Travel for miles over at least 14 beaver dams for a full day of peace and silence. Best with a fresh bowl or joint of your favorite herb. Bring a camera with extra batteries cuz its a long trip!

hiking
Monday, June 18, 2012

The Full Tully The Full Tully is a 22 mile overnight hike starting at the Tully Campground and finishing near Tully Mountain. The first day is a 7 mile hike from the campground to the Royalston Falls shelter and the second day is a 15 mile hike from the shelter back to the campground. The hike is much better suited as a day hike and shouldn't be done as an overnight trip. The other reviews of the trail and guidebooks mention the beautiful waterfalls at scenic views from the ledges and Tully Mountain. And they are indeed great views but there is no need to hike the rest of the trail. Over 5 miles of the "trail" are spent on paved roads with cars zooming past you. From the paved road you can view the Tully Mountain in the distance while trying not to get run over. Around 9 miles of the trail go through swamp areas that are less than interesting to look at but have more mosquitoes then you can imagine. There is a wonderful descent through a powerline corridor which was probably the least enjoyable hiking I have ever done. The remaining trail is a mix between forest, dirt roads, and scenic woods. Finally, the blazes on Tully Mountain have been changed from yellow to blue and no longer match the guidebook or maps online. So overall the Tully Trail is nice for a day hike, either up the mountain or to the falls. The "Full Tully" is a mix between boring, frustrating, and downright annoying. Unless you hiking on paved roads the Full Tully should be avoided.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

scenic views

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Beautiful hike, great vistas--- For the best Waterfall viewing go in the spring OR after lots of rain (like this Fall). There are at least three beautiful falls on the trail, Doane's Falls (easily accessed from Royalston, MA about a mile South of the Town Common), Spirit Falls (a much healthier hike from near Tully Lake Campground) and Royalston Falls. Royalston Falls is more secluded and involves a moderately challenging hike down into the valley from the main parking area on rt 32. All of the trails interconnect. There is a very nice Wooden Shelter about .4 miles from Royalston Falls near a wooden bridge. Royalston Falls are my favorite-the main falls has created a large whirlpool basin cut deeply into the rock---below the basin the water all flows UNDER the rock. Very unique. A walking stick is very helpful since there are lots of slick places that are also on the steep side.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2011

I went to Tully Trail to hike to the water falls that are off the main Tullly Trail, started out this hike at Doane' Falls, which was beautiful down to Tully Lake, alot of kyaking and canoeing here, then up to Spirt Fall's, the hike up definatly worth it, and over to The Ledges, views breath taking.

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