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Distance:
0.2 Miles / 0.3 km
Type:
Out-and-Back
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~6 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Park:
UMass Mt. Toby Forest
Town:
Sunderland, Massachusetts
Directions:
42.497721, -72.560522
Added:
April 24, 2017
Updated:
June 20, 2020
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25 '

Total Change
28 '

Ascent
34 '

Descent

The Gunn Brook Falls Trail at the UMass Mt. Toby Forest in Sunderland, Massachusetts is an easy 0.2-mile out-and-back hike featuring two waterfalls. This hike is extremely short and is great for families with little kids.

Hikers should note that depending on what time of year you visit, you may need to cross Gunn Brook during high water (generally the Spring and Winter). In this case, if you wish to see both cascades, it's probably best to park in both Lower and Upper parking lots to avoid getting your feet wet. Otherwise, during the Summer this is less of an issue.

Waterfalls: The main attraction on this trail are the two waterfalls - Upper Gunn Brook Falls and Lower Gunn Brook Falls. The Upper Falls is about 15 feet high and 6 - 8 feet wide. The Lower Falls is slightly shorter, at approximately 10 to 12-feet tall and 4-feet wide. It's best to visit the waterfalls after a spout of consistent rain, in the early Spring, or in the winter when the waterfalls are frozen over. In the Summer you may find Gunn Brook a bit more dried up. Be sure to check out Gunn Brook Falls during the Spring to see waterfall at its peak.

Parking: There are two parking locations for this hike - the direction coordinates provided will bring hikers to the Lower Falls parking area, which is large enough for about 2 vehicles. You can also find parking at the opposite end of the trail, at the Upper Falls section of Gunn Brook Falls - at approximately 42.49696, -72.559113. During the winter, if Gunn Cross Rd is covered in snow, you can park at the intersection of Falls Rd and Gunn Cross Rd (without blocking the road) and hike up the road for an additional 0.1 mile one-way to the trailhead.

Pets: Dogs are allowed if leashed and their waste must be carried out.

Water source: If you have a water filter, you can refill in Gunn Brook.

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  1. Parking

    42.497721, -72.560522
  2. Main Trailhead

    42.497614, -72.56049
  3. Lower Gunn Brook Falls - frozen

    42.497147, -72.560067
    Lower Gunn Brook Falls - frozen
  4. Lower Gun Brook Falls - frozen

    42.497147, -72.560067
    Lower Gun Brook Falls - frozen
  5. Upper Gunn Brook Falls

    42.496931, -72.559669
    Upper Gunn Brook Falls
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Hazards

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Season

Spring

5 Trip Reports

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Tocra user profile picture
0.2 miles / 0.3 km
Trail added
April 24, 2017
Hiked on
April 24, 2017
Updated on
June 20, 2020
0.2 miles / 0.3 km
August 22, 2022
Lovely, lovely falls. We did this short “hike” due to an injured foot that couldn’t take a long hike. So glad we did. Just a beautiful lower and upper fall that was even flowing during the 2022 drought. Lots of moss and rock formations amongst hemlocks. Saw frogs and a baby snapping turtle and a small fish in the falls “pond”. Great place for when you want to be in nature but take a break from a longer hike. Pictures in album #4.
Hiking
0.2 miles / 0.3 km
April 23, 2022
Lovely place with tons of red trillium and even a garter snake warming up in the sun. Great directions and trail detail. Thanks Tocra!
Hiking
0.2 miles / 0.3 km
August 31, 2019
Hiked Gunn Brook Falls to both Lower and Upper Falls during late August, 2019. Gunn Brook was mostly dried up, but the waterfalls were still flowing. See the 3rd photo album in the list for what to expect during the Summer at Gunn Brook.
Hiking
0.2 miles / 0.3 km
December 28, 2017
Hiked down to the first set of falls at Gunn Brook in December 2017 when the falls were frozen. This is a tiny hike out and back, but it's well worth a visit. In the winter, if Gunn Cross Rd is covered in snow, you can park at the intersection of Falls Rd and Gunn Cross Rd and hike up the road for an additional 0.1 mile to the trailhead.
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