I had to do a bit of mental recall about Doane’s Falls in central Massachusetts, since I visited it three years ago and don’t distinctly remember all of the aspects of the falls. I posted about Upper Doane’s Falls soon after visiting, which helps remind me about a few things, but it’s still a bit fuzzy.
There are three main drops associated with Doane’s Falls, and this is the second. From my previous record, it seems that it can be difficult to photograph the second falls as there is a metal barrier that prevents exploration to get a better view. I’m fine with that, but it may explain why I’ve zoomed in so much on the falls and there’s not much view of the surroundings.
The hike to the falls does involve a bit of elevation loss (followed by elevation gain on the way back). The hike to see all three falls is relatively short at 0.6 miles round-trip.
- From MA-2/US-202 heading west, take exit 18 heading north toward MA-2A. (Heading east, exit 17 may be easier.)
- Turn left onto MA-2A, which at some point combines with MA-32.
- Take this into the town of Athol. Once in Athol, take a right on MA-32 to continue heading north.
- Quickly after turning onto MA-32, take a right onto Chestnut Hill Avenue. (This will be shortly after crossing the bridge over Millers River.
- Drive along Chestnut Hill Avenue (which may change names to Athol Road at some point) for a few miles.
- You will come up to Doane Hill Road. Just before you would turn left onto Doane Hill Road (heading toward Tully Lake), you’ll find the small parking area clearly signed for Doane’s Falls.
- From the parking area, you’ll take a short hike to the Upper Falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (Easy)
Distance of Hike: 0.6 mile round trip (for all three falls)
Where in the World is Middle Doane’s Falls?