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Sanderson Brook Falls (MA)

Sanderson Brook Falls (MA)

2001 Jon Binder


Ratings (ratings explained)
Power: 5/10
Beauty: 6/10
Ease of Access: 8/10

Sanderson Brook Falls is a beautiful falls, about 60 feet high, accessible by an easy 2 mile round trip walk.


Sanderson Brook Falls


The parking area for the falls is located on the south side of US 20, in the Chester-Blandford State Forest. US 20 can be accessed from exit 2 or 3 of the Mass. Turnpike (I-90). From exit 3, the parking area is located 4.3 miles west of the intersection of routes 20 and MA 112. I'm not sure of the mileage coming from exit 2, but it is located in the town of Chester, and there is also a sign indicating "Sanderson Brook Falls" right at the parking area.


From the parking area, a wide, gravel road leads to Sanderson Brook Falls. Although the road is probably wide enough and smooth enough for automobiles, only foot travel is allowed. The approximately one mile walk to the falls is essentially flat, and quite pleasant.

Over the course of the walk, the road crosses three large bridges over Sanderson Brook, each one providing nice views of the cascading stream. After the third bridge, the road begins to climb very slightly. After the short, easy climb, a side trail right leads down to the base of the falls. It takes about 20 minutes to make the walk along the road to Sanderson Brook Falls.

The falls is a striking sight, and is in a very pretty setting. The water first plummets straight down, before being split into two branches by rock halfway down the falls. The base of the falls is a great setting for lunch, or just for relaxation.

Sanderson Brook Falls is a pretty, easily accessible waterfall that is definitely a worthwhile trip.

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