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Jacobs Hill
central-ma Royalston, MA
173 acres
Photo Credit: R. Cheek

Climb through a forest of beech, hemlock, and birch to reach an unparalleled 
wilderness vista, then explore Spirit Falls as it rolls down the mountainside.

What makes Jacobs Hill a special place?
We think it’s the two miles of trails that closely track the ridgeline of Jacobs Hill, passing through a forest of beech, maple, ash, and birch, and connecting two spectacular westward overlooks from exposed ledges.

Both trails take in spectacular views of the forested slopes of Tully Mountain, Mount Grace, and the Berkshire Hills. Below you’ll see Long Pond and the East Branch of the Tully River, which winds slowly toward Tully Lake. Further south along the trail, a stream tumbles over the ridgeline, creating the dramatic Spirit Falls.

At the eastern edge of the reservation lies the source of Spirit Falls: Little Pond, a classic northern bog, whose concentric rings of black spruce and tamarack surround open water and a mat of sphagnum moss. To reach The Ledges, cross the stream at Spirit Falls.

A section of the Spirit Falls trail diverges alongside the streambed to connect with the 22-mile Tully Trail.

Trails
2 miles of trails and old logging roads. Moderate hiking, strenuous in places. The reservation is a link in the Tully Trail.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

Facilities
Interested in camping near Jacobs Hill? Check out the Tully Lake Campground, also in Royalston.

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