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Nobscot Reservation - Tippling Rock & Fords Folly

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Plenty of trails, historic dam, part of the Bay Circuit Trail.
Near:Sudbury, MA
Distance:4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:429 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: For most of the trail you will be following the Bay Circuit Trail - Section 8. Take a look at: for trail description.

From parking lot follow salamander trail untill BCT junction. Continue straight entering BSA reservation. Follow ridge and bear right to Tippling Rock - good views of the north of Boston on clear days.

Continue on the Bay Circuit Trail - white rectangular blazes. Cross Brimstone Lane (you will see a parking lot there) and re-enter the woods. Walk northwest on this trail. At the first, and second intersections turn left. At this point you will be leaving the BCT for a trail that will conduct you to a dam.

This dam is known as Ford's Folly, as it was built by Henry Ford, but it failed to hold water. After you reach the area, you can return via the same trail system, or you can decide to take a walk to the Nobscot Mt., and return via another of the numerous trails in this area.

Trailhead: Trailhead Address: 641 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA
Trailhead coordinates: N42.36028, W71.44111
Trailhead is west of the parking lot for the Weissblatt conservation land. Follow the Salamander trail marks, about 0.4mi to the junction with the Bay Circuit Trail. (Lat:42.36028 Lon:-71.44111)

Trail Guides for Nobscot Reservation - Tippling Rock & Fords Folly:
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes,
Ranger Contact: Sudbury Conservation Comission +1 (978) 443-2209 x1370,
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Jose Anes, who has posted  25 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by AT on 4/10/2014
I've been hiking these trails since I was small. The shortest of the hikes, up from the boy scout's main parking lot to Tippling Rock, takes an active adult about 20 minutes. The longer hikes, from one side to the other of the mountain, can take longer if you're not familiar with the area, around an hour and a half, maybe. There are lots of fascinating historical and ecological sites on the walks, including a vernal pool (home to endangered spotted salamanders), a viewing tower, and lady slippers. A wonderful, easy hike if in the Sudbury area!

Reviewed by TC on 12/5/2012
Trail markings are a challenge, but the camp ranger is working on it, new signs have been installed on a variety of trails. Maps are available at the Ranger's office in the front of the camp, including an accurate topo map with all trails marked. A copy of this map is also available through the Sudbury Valley Trustees (either at their office or off their website) as they partnered with the Boy Scouts (who own the land) to place a conservation restriction on a majority of the 450 acre property. Also, while there are many trails cut, many of those were historical roads used to travel through Sudbury/Framingham like 30 Rod Rd which used to be a cart & horse path to the Wayside Inn.

Reviewed by JL on 2/27/2012
Some interesting hikes for kids and dogs or fr one light adult exercise. Marking of trails is AWFUL and it there are no good maps to be had. Until you've walked around many times just wandering its hard to get a sense of where you are and ths is easy to get lost. . Particularly annoying when one is lost are all the random boysout signs informing you of the rules but not informing you of where you are. Really, they can't mark the trails on both ends?

Reviewed by aaa on 6/21/2005
so true, brent... there are so many cut trails -- and so many half-cut trails that confuse the hiker. You're never out of earshot of the road, but it's easy to lose track of where you are.

Reviewed by Brent on 12/27/2003
The different areas like Tipping Rock, the fire tower, ford folleys are nice, but the Nobscot Boy Scouts have cut far too many trails in their 600 arce area. It's too small to get lost, but there are so many trails with the same color markings that it's close to impossible to find where you are trying to get to or know where you are at any one time (following the maps that is). If you have GPS your all set.

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