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I was a little disappointed with this hike. The falls are very nice, especially now while the levels are still high. I went with my two dogs, who loved the Trail (they both gave 5 stars). Even the older guy, who's mildly arthritic, had no problem with the little rock scramble. The problem I had was with the trail markings. After Spirit Falls, I could see the pups were getting tired. There was a trail to the left marked by white, which I think of as a connector. I took it, thinking it might link up with the bike trail. It goes in a direction toward the bike path for a few hundred yards, then seems to vanish. I swept forward, left and right for a hundred feet or so, but saw no signage, or even a game trail. At that point, we just turned around and backtracked. A nice hike if you're doing the entire thing but I wouldn't travel any distance for this particular one.

This is a short, easy trail that is family and dog friendly. The only reason I'm giving it a low rating is because of the viewpoints. The falls are very nice, especially right now when the levels are high (and the bugs still low). But there are barriers erected along the Trail, along with signage, to prevent closer access. I could clearly see that plenty of people have ignored that. I resisted the temptation, but there would be some great pictures from the river's edge. As a break from the Tully Trail, it's a nice walk. Just don't expect great pics.

The falls were beautiful today! Make sure you go all the way down to get the full effect. We ended up missing the fork for the Spirit Falls Trail and followed the Tully Trail to the ledges to the falls and took the Spirit Falls Trail back. Barely any mud. Lots of fallen trees. Hike was not difficult but the section down and up the falls is very very steep.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was in great shape with the exception of a few fresh fallen trees. Connected with the Tully Loop and took that for a while

This trail has 2 beautiful waterfalls and great views from a ledge high above the lake and river. The hardest trail to find on the route is the steep trail that goes up to the ledges from the river. It is not well marked or well traveled. If you decide to go uphill on this trail, look for a reflector on a tree on the left and some red and blue ribbons on the trees on the right and confirm with your ALLTrails app. If you get confused, just keep going uphill. If you go up that way first and walk along the ledges trail, toward Spirit Falls, you may not be able to cross the falls at the top if the water is high. You may want to go up the trail that follows the falls first (the farthest one - just south of "Tall Timbers" on the map). If you can't cross at the top to return along the ledges, at least you have seen Spirit Falls and can retrace your steps without doing the loop. Late winter or spring is best if you want to see the falls ripping and roaring. Bring microspikes (maybe snowshoes, too) in winter and early spring as parts of the trail can be icy. Parts of the trail are steep and rocky. Don't forget to look for a short trail that goes out to a bench on the ledges where you'll have a great view of the lake and river. It's just south of where it says "The Ledges" on the map. The trail is fine in the summer, but don't expect a lot of water at the falls.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a very short hike, but the falls are absolutely amazing! The view from the top of the waterfall is a must see.

Really fun loop with great views of Long Pond. Mostly smooth single track with a couple of short sections that are fairly technical. Overall, a great place for a run in the woods!

7 months ago

Beautiful! Easy to get to and see from many different spots along the trail.

Nice easy hike though the spirit's weren't flowing heavy at spirit falls this time of year. Its probably better in the spring when the water levels are higher . the view from the lookout is nice u can see long pond down below and Tully Mt. off In the distance.

hiking
9 months ago

There are other parking areas for this trail - a canoe launch area on Doane Hill Road, the picnic area on Royalston Road, and at the dam on Royalston Road. Doane's falls is a series of cascades and is great during times when significant water is flowing. A nice hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Enjoyed the rolling terrain, views and many bridges to cross the wet areas. Nicely maintained!! Aside from the distance covered, rather easy trail...and my fur babies loved it.

hiking
10 months ago

Parking was adequate and easy at the boat launch area. Trail is right next to it. Trails were intended for bikes so more than adequate for hikers. Vegetation was a bit thick in areas. Rained the night before so was a bit wet, not a big deal though. View of the lake is pretty incredible. Was watching the fog roll off of it for at least ten minutes. And lots of animal life. Saw tons of coyote skat, a doe stared us down for over a minute (enough to get a pic snapped), birds singing the whole time and the ground was full of newts and turtles. Overall great hike. Finished it in 7.86 miles in under 3 hours. Only downfall was the horse flies and mosquitos. A head net was absolutely necessary. Without it in sections it would have been brutal. Going to give it a try in the winter.

hiking
10 months ago

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.

mountain biking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Very fun!

backpacking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Really short hike. Parking is really small to. Easy to get to though. Hike was pretty well groomed and well marked. View from the highest elevation was pretty awesome. You overlook a huge lake with basically a huge vertical drop. We hiked to Spirit Falls and looped back. Heard a buck making calls. Very quiet and beautiful spot. Looking forward to hiking out a little further. Guess you can continue down to the Ledges or to Doane's Falls. More exploring definitely in the near future.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

The waterfalls are definitely worth the hike! The trail is somewhat steep and rocky at times. But the beauty is worth it!

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

Friday, May 13, 2016

I use this trail often, and never get tired of it. It's also a great single track loop for mountain biking. When you get to the wooden bridges, and if you have the extra hour or so, take the hike to the top of Spirt Falls and back.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I love this place

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

mountain biking
Thursday, June 11, 2015

This is the best trail. I mostly ride on my Mountain Bike. It has everything from an old Revolutionary cart road to single track. You'll have to work on this trail. I'm often rewarded with seeing Heron,Deer, Moose and occasionally Bear. The trail is used by runners, hikers and Mountain Bikers. I often bring a fishing rod. The trail goes up one side of Long Pond and down the other. There are a few brooks along the way, too. Trail is 7.5 miles and I've ridden it in @ an hour. There are "Rock Gardens" and plenty of two board bridges so paying attention is rule #1.
There is a Triathlon in the Fall consisting of Kayak/Canoe, trail run around Tully Lake and Mountain Biking. Tri can be solo or team.

hiking
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.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2012

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